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Nom : Viallat
Prenom : Annie
Tel : +33(0)6 83 09 25 74
Fax : +33(0)4 91 41 89 16
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Physique et nano-micro Ingénierie pour le Vivant

Research topics

 Biological Physics – Cell Rheology - Fluid and  Elasticity


Current research

 Soft micro-shells, micro-beads, liposomes, encapsulation

                          Viscous and Gelly giant vesicles – Standards for comet assays – Artificial vacuoles for living parasites

GUV and Red blood cells dynamics in flow

                          Lift force – Cell Biomechanics –Sedimentation -

Red and White Blood Cells Dynamics in biomimicking capillary networks

                          Microfluidics – Cell Rheology – Transport in the Vasculature

Artifical vacuoles for Leishmania

Severe asthma: physicial aspects of the mucociliary transport

            Microrheology – cilia beats– application for severe asthma


Research experience


Annie Viallat is ingénieur of Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, France). She received her PhD in Physics from the University of Grenoble (France) in 1987, working on PDMS/silica mixture and NMR. After a theoretical postdoctoral work on conjugated polymers in the Materials Department (UC Santa Barbara), she joined the Spectrométrie Physique lab (Grenoble) in 1989, studying polymer gels. Her research moved to biophysics and biomechanics in 1999. Since 2005, she is a group leader in the ‘Adhesion and Inflammation’ lab in Marseilles, interested in the dynamics of lipid giant vesicles, soft shells and blood cells in shear flow and in biomimicking capillary networks. Since 2007, she is at the head of a French National Consortium ‘Physics from cell to tissue’ (400 researchers) and organizes a three-days meeting every year.


Recent publications


« Spatiotemporal organization of cilia drives multiscale mucus swirls in model human bronchial epithelium" »
Mustapha-Kamel Khelloufi, Etienne Loiseau, Marc Jaeger, Nicolas Molinari, Pascal Chanez, Delphine Gras, Annie Viallat
Scientific Reports 8:2447 (2018)10.1038/s41598-018-20882-4

« When giant vesicles mimic red blood cell's dynamics: swinging of two-phase vesicles in shear flow" »
Simon Tusch, Etienne Loiseau, Al-Hair Al-Halifa, Kamel Khelloufi, Emmanuèle Helfer, Annie Viallat
Physical Review Fluids 3 (2018)10.1103/PhysRevFluids.3.123605


« High Aspect Ratio Sub-Micrometer Channels Using Wet Etching: Application to the Dynamics of Red Blood Cell Transiting through Biomimetic Splenic Slits" »
Priya Gambhire, Scott Atwell, Cécile Iss, Frédéric Bedu, Igor Ozerov, Catherine Badens, Emmanuèle Helfer, Annie Viallat, Anne Charrier
Small 13:1700967 (2017)10.1002/smll.201700967


« A simple model to understand the effect of membrane shear elasticity and stress-free shape on the motion of red blood cells in shear flow" »
Jules Dupire, Manouk Abkarian, Annie Viallat
Soft Matter 11:8372-8382 (2015)

« Encapsulation of Living Leishmania Promastigotes in Artificial Lipid Vacuoles" »
Carlos E. S. Guedes, Jose G. B. Lima, Emmanuèle Helfer, Patricia S. T. Veras, Annie Viallat
PLoS ONE 1-12 (2015)10.1371/journal.pone.0134925

« Serum Pantetheinase/Vanin Levels Regulate Erythrocyte Homeostasis and Severity of Malaria" »
Samuel Rommelaere, Virginie Millet, Pascal Rihet, Scott Atwell, Emmanuèle Helfer, Lionel Chasson, Carole Beaumont, Giovanna Chimini, Maria Do Rosario Sambo, Annie Viallat, Carlos Penha-Goncalves, Franck Galland, Philippe Naquet
American Journal of Pathology 185:3039-3052 (2015)10.1016/j.ajpath.2015.07.011


biological physics –Fluid and elasticity in cells - Membranes – cell rheology