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Nelly Henry nelly.henry@upmc.fr
CNRS Research director
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Research interests

Micro-organisms biophysics


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• Selected publications

1.  Monmeyran A, et al. (2018) The inducible chemical-genetic fluorescent marker FAST outperforms classical fluorescent proteins in the quantitative reporting of bacterial biofilm dynamics. Sci Rep 8(1):10336.

 2.  Bonazzi D, et al. (2018) Intermittent Pili-Mediated Forces Fluidize Neisseria meningitidis Aggregates Promoting Vascular Colonization. Cell 174(1):143-155 e116.

3.  Thomen P, et al. (2017) Bacterial biofilm under flow: First a physical struggle to stay, then a matter of breathing. PLoS ONE 12(4):e0175197.

4.  Henry N (2017) ACToP, Adapting of multi-species adherent bacterial community to perturbation: a multidisciplinary approach Impact 2017(Number 7):3.

5.  Geng J, Beloin C, Ghigo JM, & Henry N (2014) Bacteria Hold Their Breath upon Surface Contact as Shown in a Strain of Escherichia coli, Using Dispersed Surfaces and Flow Cytometry Analysis. PLoS ONE 9(7):e102049.

6.  Galy O, Zrelli K, Latour-Lambert P, Kirwan L, & Henry N (2014) Remote magnetic actuation of micrometric probes for in situ 3D mapping of bacterial biofilm physical properties. J Vis Exp (87).

7.  Zrelli K, et al. (2013) Bacterial biofilm mechanical properties persist upon antibiotic treatment and survive cell death. New Journal of Physics 15:125026.

8.  Galy O, et al. (2012) Mapping of bacterial biofilm local mechanics by magnetic microparticle actuation. Biophysical journal 5(6):1400-1408.

9.  Bourouina N, Husson J, Hivroz C, & Henry N (2012) Biomimetic droplets for artificial engagement of living cell surface receptors:  The specific case of the T cell Langmuir 28:6106-6113.

10.  Husson J, Chemin K, Bohineust A, Hivroz C, & Henry N (2011) Force generation upon T cell receptor engagement. PLoS ONE 6(5):e19680.

11.  Geng J & Henry N (2011) Short Time-Scale Bacterial Adhesion Dynamics Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology ), Vol 715, pp 315-331.

12.  Galy O (2011) Microrheologie des biofilms bacteriens. PhD (UPMC, Paris).

13.  Bourouina N, Husson J, Waharte F, Pansu RB, & Henry N (2011) Formation of specific receptor–ligand bonds between liquid interfaces. Soft Matter 7:9130-9139.

14.  Mikaty G, et al. (2009) Extracellular bacterial pathogen induces host cell surface reorganization to resist shear stress. PLoS pathogens 5(2):e1000314.

15.  Henry N & Hivroz C (2009) Early T-cell activation biophysics. HFSP Journal:11.

16.  Fattaccioli J, et al. (2009) Size and fluorescence measurements of individual droplets by flow cytometry. Soft Matter 5:7.

17.   Carpentier B, Pierobon P, Hivroz C, & Henry N (2009) T-cell artificial focal triggering tools: linking surface interactions with cell response. PLoS ONE 4(3):e4784.

18.  Carpentier B, Hivroz C, & Henry N (2009) Mechanical forces in T cell triggering. Biophysical journal 96(3):368a.

19.   Fattaccioli J, Baudry J, Henry N, Brochard-Wyart F, & Bibette J (2008) Specific wetting probed with biomimetic emulsion droplets. Soft Matter 4:2434–2440.

20.   Beloin C, Houry A, Froment M, Ghigo JM, & Henry N (2008) A short-time scale colloidal system reveals early bacterial adhesion dynamics. PLoS biology 6(7):e167.

21.  Valle J, et al. (2006) Broad-spectrum biofilm inhibition by a secreted bacterial polysaccharide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103(33):12558-12563.

22.  Leboeuf D & Henry N (2006) Molecular bond formation between surfaces: anchoring and shearing effects. Langmuir 22(1):127-133.








Intermittent Pili-Mediated Forces Fluidize Neisseria meningitidis Aggregates Promoting Vascular Colonization - Cell
D. Bonazzi , V. Lo Schiavo , S. Machata , I. Djafer-Cherif , P. Nivoit , V. Manriquez , H. Tanimoto , J. Husson , N. Henry , H. Chate , R. Voituriez , G. Dumenil
  URL Full text PDF Bibtex doi:10.1016/j.cell.2018.04.010