Dr. Quentin Vagne
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)
Phone: +49 351 210-2940
Quentin Vagne is a joint ELBE postdoctoral fellow of the MOSAIC group, the Jülicher group and the Zerial lab since June 2017. He is a French citizen and was born in Besançon, France, in 1990.
Quentin studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the ESPCI engineering school in Paris from 2009 to 2013. In parallel, he completed the ICFP master in fundamental Physics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris. In 2013, he started his PhD in the Institut Curie under the supervision of Professor Pierre Sens. He made theoretical models of membrane exchanges between cellular organelles, with a particular focus on the dynamics of the Golgi apparatus and on answering the fundamental question how elementary mechanisms, such as vesicle budding, membrane fusion, and membrane maturation must combine in order to generate a functioning Golgi apparatus.
In 2017, Quentin joined our group as an ELBE postdoctoral fellow, studying self-organisation mechanisms at multiple scales, from the dynamics of Rab GTPases and endosomes, over the establishment of cell polarity in hepatocytes, to the three-dimensional organisation of liver tissue. His motivation is to understand how the structures and mechanisms observed in biological systems (particularly inside cells) emerge from fundamental concepts of Physics. He is interested in out-of-equilibrium Physics and stochastic processes as well as numerical simulations and object-oriented programming in scientific computing.
A Word from Quentin...
In the MOSAIC group we create bridges between computer science, physics and biology, because life is organized at multiple scales by physical and chemical processes. I am fascinated particularly by self-organisation phenomena by which local mechanisms come together to build emergent structures. I study this in the context of the liver, in which interactions between cells lead to the formation of a network of channels transporting bile and blood.