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Durham University

Department of Physics

Staff profile

Dr. Celine Dinet, Junior Research Fellow

Member of the Department of Physics

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I completed my undergraduate studies in Chemistry and my masters in Physical Chemistry and chemistry of materials at the University of Lebanon. Following that, I moved to France on a fellowship from the French ministry to do a PhD with Dr. Kheya Sengupta and Dr. Anne Charrier. My PhD project was at the cross-road between chemistry, physics and biology. I solved a technological challenge in biophysics: that of nano-patterning biomolecules on soft materials. After finishing my PhD in December 2016, I stayed in the same lab as a post-doctoral researcher and as a teaching assistant in the department of chemistry. In September 2017, I moved to Durham University to start a one-year post-doctorate position under the supervision of Dr. Margarita Staykova on ‘the mechanics of the cellular coat’. Due to the short duration of the project, I applied and was awarded the Durham International Junior research fellowship for my project on understanding friction force between interacting cell membranes. Since then, I am a Junior research fellow in the department of physics at Durham University.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Biomimetic model membranes
  • Biophysics
  • Cell adhesion and mechanics
  • Micro/Nanopatterning

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Miller, E., Stubbington, L., Dinet, C. & Staykova, M. (2019). Biophysical insights from supported lipid patches. In Advances in Biomembranes and Lipid Self-Assembly. Elsevier. 29.

Conference Paper

  • A. Wahl, C.Dinet, L.Limozin & K. Sengupta (2015), T-lymphocyte spreading on soft substrates, 44:S221 Meeting abstract: European biophysics journal with biophysics letters, 0-681.

Journal Article

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Selected Grants

  • 2018: Durham International Junior Research Fellowship
  • 2013: PhD award from the French Ministry of national Education, Research and,Technology