Marie-Cécilia Duvernoy



I am interested in the mechanical stresses that microbes are able to develop as they grow as a community.
During my PhD, I studied the influence of cell-surface adhesion forces on the morphology of bacterial microcolonies. Now, I investigate the role of growth-induced pressure on the physiology of budding yeast cells growing in confined environments.


  • 2016-present: Postdoc with Oskar Hallatschek, UC Berkeley
  • 2012-2015: PhD in Physics for Living Sciences, Grenoble University (advisor: S. Lecuyer) and ENS Paris (advisor: N. Desprat), France
  • 2010-2012: MSc in Liquid Physics, Paris 7 University, France
  • 2008-2010: BSc in Fundamental Physics, ENS Cachan, France

Selected publications:

M.C. Duvernoy, T. Mora, M. Ardré, V. Croquette, D. Bensimon, C. Quilliet, JM. Ghigo, M. Balland, C. Beloin, S. Lecuyer, and N. Desprat
“Asymmetric adhesion of rod-shaped bacteria controls microcolony morphogenesis,” Nat. Comm. 9 (2018) 1120.