Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity
Cell interfacing

Cell interfacing

We use chemistry and materials science to interact and dialogue with cells by stimulation,  control and recording of dynamics mediated by ion channels and water channels in their plasma membrane. Our vision is useful for better brain implants and neurostimulation.

to provide transformative tools and technologies for neuroscience investigation and neuromodulation. Neuromodulation is emerging as a complementary therapeutic approach to biopharmaceuticals, in the treatment of highly incapacitating neurological conditions such as epilepsy, ischemia, depression, neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s disease.

We use chemistry and materials science to study the outer membrane of specific cells such as brain cells (astrocytes) and their interactions with different substrates.

In particular, specific nano-materials can be used to trigger specific communication pathways of glial brain cells, or to foster their connectivity with the sourrounding neuronal and vascular tissues, targeting processes related to brain homeostasis, cerebral blood flow and cognition at a multiscale, cell growth, inflammatory reactivity, neurostimulation of the brain tissue.