Nationality French , Swiss
Year of selection2009
InstitutionEcole Normale Supérieure (ENS)
RiskLife risks

Type of support

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Granted amount

60 000 €


1 year

A Neuron is Born

Even in adults, new brain cells continue to be born. Dr. Alice Meunier’s creative method uses both biology and hydrodynamics to study the environment of these neurons-to-be. The coordinated movement of hair-like structures on the surface of neighboring cells circulates fluid in the brain and allows pro-growth molecules to wash over their targets. Understanding how these hair-like structures orient their beating is necessary if, one day, we hope to replace neurons in patients with neurodegenerative disease.

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