The activity “Magnetic biotechnologies” benefits from the know-how of the laboratory in magnetic materials, nanomagnetism, spin-electronics and nanofabrication. Our efforts are mainly focused towards the fabrication of engineered magnetic micro- nano-particles or devices, designed to apply forces on biological species. Their biomedical applications such as cancer cells destruction or stimulation of insulin production are investigated in collaboration with biology labs.

Research directions

Magnetic microdisks for cancer treatment

Magnetic microdisks for the destruction of targeted cancer cells induced by their low frequency mechanical vibrations (20 Hz) under alternating external magnetic field. (C.Naud et al, NANOSCALE ADVANCES, 2, 3632 (2020))

Arrays of flexible magnetic cantilevers

Arrays of flexible magnetic cantilevers used as micropumps, microswimmers or for magnetic field mapping thanks to their optical properties (A.Truong et al, Scientific reports 6 (2016) 31634)

The team

Former members


  • Caroline THÉBAULT(2018-2020)
  • Svetlana PONOMAREVA (2017-2019)
  • Alain TRUONG (2015-2017)


  • Cécile NAUD (2015-2018)


  • Projet IRGA MAGCELL 2021-2024 
  • 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
    • BrainTech Lab   INSERM/UGA (targeted cancer cells and tumor destruction, in vitro & in vivo): François Berger (Neuro-oncologist, tumor nano-medicine), Matthieu Dreyfus.
  • Biology Laboratories
    • IRIG/SYMMES/LAN (toxicity, cancer cells, in vitro biological applications) Marie Carrière
    • IRIG/SYMMES/CREAB (surface biochemical functionalization) Yanxia Hou-Broutin
  • Microelectronics technology
    • LTM (Force microscopy on cells) Alice Nicolas

Recent news

  • NANO-SHARK (July 02nd, 2015)
    Micro / nano magnetic functionalized tweezers dispersed in solution for biological and medical applications Description A new type of functionalized magnetic nanoparticles is developed, consisting in micro- nanomagnetic tweezers, attached to the substrate or released in solution, ...


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