The activity “Health and Biology” benefits from the know-how of the laboratory in magnetic materials, spin-electronics and nanofabrication. Our efforts are mainly focused towards the fabrication of engineered magnetic micro- nano- particles or devices, prepared by top-down approaches, specially designed for biomedical applications, such as cancer cells destruction triggering, tissue engineering.

Research directions

Magnetic particles for cancer treatment

A biomedical application using anisotropic magnetic nanoparticles, aiming at the targeted destruction of cancer cells, by triggering their apoptosis / necrosis, thanks to the vibration of the particles attached to the membranes, in low magnetic fields of low frequency (~20 Hz).

Magnetic metamaterials for biological applications

Metamaterials, whose functionality is controlled by external magnetic fields, aiming at biological applications. The materials consist of micromotors or microtweezers, comprising ferromagnetic particle pairs embedded in a polymer matrix, and magneto-elastic membranes.

The team

Former members


  • Svetlana PONOMAREVA (2017-2019)
  • Alain TRUONG (2015-2017)


  • Cécile NAUD (2015-2018)


  • ABIOMATER, H2020 FET Open, 2015-2018
  • APOTRIG, Agir PEPS Univ. Grenoble Alpes, 2015-2016
  • Nano-Shark, ANR P2N, 2011-2016
  • Cible2012, Rhône-Alpes land, 2012-2015



  • Biomedial research center
    • CLINATEC Lab/INSERM/CHU/UGA (targeted cancer cells and tumor destruction, in vitro & in vivo): François Berger (Neuro-cancerologist, tumor nano-medicine), Matthieu Dreyfus.
  • Biology Laboratories
    • INAC/SYMMES/LAN (toxicity, cancer cells, in vitro biological applications) Marie Carrière
    • INAC/SYMMES/CREAB (surface biochemical functionalization) Yanxia Hou-Broutin
    • TheREx/TIMC-IMAG, CNRS UMR 5525 (cancer cells) Bertrand Toussaint
  • Microelectronics technology
    • LTM (Nanofabrication using block copolymer template) Ahmad Bsiesy, Thierry Baron
    • LTM (Microfluidics) David Peyrade

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