Researcher in molecular modeling at the Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology, specialized in the study of the biophysics of biological membranes.
Matthieu Chavent’s work focuses on gaining a better understanding of the biophysical processes governing the membranes of pathogenic bacteria and their host cells, using molecular dynamics simulations. The researcher is developing multi-scale modeling approaches to understand the organization of the envelope of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the agent responsible for tuberculosis. More generally, his goal is to determine how interactions between lipids and proteins affect the virulence of different pathogens. He is therefore investigating how certain lipids can modify the physical properties of biological membranes. To complement his findings, Matthieu Chavent is working closely with many experimental colleagues to understand the broader role of lipids in the host immune response.
The Bronze Medal is awarded to researchers who are specialists in their field. This distinction represents an encouragement from the CNRS to pursue research that is already well underway and fruitful.