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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

High Aspect Ratio Sub-Micrometer Channels Using Wet Etching: Application to the Dynamics of Red Blood Cell Transiting through Biomimetic Splenic Slits

P. Gambhire, S. Atwell, C. Iss, F. Bedu, I. Ozerov, C. Badens, E. Helfer, A. Viallat, A. Charrier

small 13 32 1700967 (2017)

Serum Pantetheinase/Vanin levels regulate erythrocyte homeostasis and severity of Malaria

S. Rommelaere, V. Millet, P. Rihet, S. Atwell, E. Helfer, L. Chasson, C. Beaumont, G. Chimini, M. D. Sambo, A. Viallat, C. Penha-gonçalves, F. Galland, P. Naquet

The American Journal of Pathology 185 11 3039-3052 (2015)

A simple model to understand the rôle of membrane shear élasticité and stress-free shape on the motion of red blood cells in shear flow

J. Dupire, M. Abkariain, A. Viallat

Soft Matter (2015)

Encapsulation of Living Leishmania Promastigotes in Artificial Lipid Vacuoles

C.E.S. Guedes, J.G.B. Lima, E. Helfer, P.S.T. Veras, A. Viallat

PloS ONE 10 8 e0134925 (2015)


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