David Lacoste was born in 1971, Montpellier, France. He studied at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, from which he graduated in physics in 1995. He then moved to Grenoble, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in the theory of multiple light scattering, delivered in 1999 by the University Joseph Fourier. He then went to the University of Pennsylvania, USA, for a postdoctoral period, under the supervision of T. Lubensky. There, he worked on various topics in theoretical soft matter physics (polymers, liquid crystals, and colloids). Since 2002, he is a CNRS researcher in ESPCI in Paris, France. His research interests are on the applications of nonequilibrium statistical physics to biological systems. Some of his recent work include the application of fluctuation theorems to molecular motors or the study of the nonequilibrium length fluctuations in actin and microtubule polymerization. He is also involved in experimental projects using lipid membranes containing ion channels conducted at the Curie Institute in Paris, France.
Biography Updated on 12 August 2011