Published on 1 June 2017
Jean d'Alembert grant program
équipe de travail

With the "Jean d'Alembert" grant program, Université Paris-Saclay (through the Idex Paris-Saclay) wishes to enable scientists from all disciplines and all countries to make stays of long duration (from 6 to 12 months) in one of the laboratories of its perimeter.

The selected researchers will be welcomed in a laboratory of one of Université Paris-Saclay's members and work on their research project in collaboration with several teams and will take part to the education activities.

Researchers selected at the fifth session

  • 1 applicant have been selected in the “young researchers” scholarship (who obtained their diploma within the last 10 years) :

Shi-zhen Wang, Associate Professor, Xiamen University - Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, China


  • 10 applicants  have been selected in the “senior researchers” scholarship :

Alin Deutsch, Professor, University of California San Diego, USA

Elena Gonzalez Ferreiro, Professor Titular, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Thierry Magin, Associate Professor, Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium

Frank Redig, Professor, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Moustapha Sall, Professor, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal

Knut Solna, Professor, University of California Irvine, CA, USA

Miguel A. Valenzuela, Professor Titular, Instituto Politechnico Nacional - Laboratorio de Catálisis y materiales - Mexico, Mexico

Rota Wagai, Permanent scientist, National Agriculture and food Research Organization (NARO) - Tsukuba, Japan

Samuel Webb, Staff scientist, SLAC National Accelerator laboratory - Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource - CA, USA

Michael Wolff, Associate Director / Senior Research scientist, Space Science Institute - Boulder, Colorado, USA.


The former sessions

Researchers selected at the first session

Andrei Agrachev is considered the mentor of geometric control. The aim of his research project is the analysis of geometric and spectral features of sub-Riemannian (SR for short) manifolds. He will be welcomed at the CMAP for six months.

Kevin Cohen leads the Biomedical Text Mining Group in the Computational Bioscience Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Most of his research focuses on mining data from scientific journal articles, especially in the field of biology. The goal of his project is to build a set of semantic representations for biomedical predicates, and then apply that set of semantic representations to two problems: one related to the analysis of high-throughput genomic assays, and the other related to facilitating collaborations within an institution. He will be welcomed at the LIMSI during two periods of six months.

Russell Drysdale is a lecturer in paleoclimatology at University of Melbourne. His principle research interest is the reconstruction of past climates and landscapes using geochemical proxies in continental carbonates. His current work is heavily focused on cave carbonates (speleothems), particularly using these deposits to bring new information to questions regarding the timing and phasing of Quaternary ice age cycles and millennial-scale climate events. It will be hosted at LSCE for 7 months.

Jamel Jalilian-Marian, Baruch College, City University of New York, is a world renowned physicist and a quantum chromodynamics specialist. He will work on deriving a unified approach to particle production at high energy during this stay. He will be welcomed at the CPHT for 12 months.

Erik Garcia Machado is teacher and researcher at the Marine Research Centre, University of Havana. As leader of the "Genetic Conservation", he studied specific and the genus Gambusia intra-specific diversities in Cuba. These fishes are used as bio-regulators of mosquitoes who are vectors of serious diseases on this island. He will be welcomed at the Evolution Genomes Behavior Ecology Laboratory for six months.

Federica Migliardo is a professor of experimental physics at the Department of chemical, biological, pharmaceutical and environmental science at the University of Messina in Italy. Her project focuses on the study of mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis. This disease is still the leading cause of mortality to a single infectious agent, with more than two million deaths per year worldwide. She will be hosted at I2BC for 12 months.

Giacomo Olivieri is currently a tenure track professor at the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (University of Trento) and a member of the ELEDIA Research Center. His research work focuses on direct and inverse problems in electromagnetism, the "system-by-design" paradigm and metamaterials, and the synthesis of antenna arrays. His project will be dedicated to the study, generalization and application of a new approach, the Material-by-Design (MBD) paradigm, to create the next generation's systems of detection and communication comprising artificial task-oriented materials. He will be welcomed at L2S for 12 months.

Regina Soufli is Principal Investigator at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, USA) since 1999. She is an internationally renowned researcher in the fields of interaction of X-rays and extreme ultraviolet (EUV), X-rays optics and the physics of stacks of thin films. Her project involves the development of a new concept of multilayer mirrors and the use of new materials in order to push the limits of performance. The aim is to obtain components at the limits of current technology by going deeper into the extreme UV, including beyond the current limit of reflectivity in this spectral range. She will be hosted at the Laboratory Charles-Fabry for 12 months.


Researchers selected at the second session

Kais Ammari, Professor at Departement of Mathematics, Monastir University, Tunisia, will work on Dispersion and control : theoretical and numerical study at Laboratoire de Mathématiques de Versailles during 12 months.

Maria Enrica Biagini, Staff Senior researcher at INFN-LNF, Frascati, Italy, will work on Development and Dissemination of PSPA at Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire during 12 months.

Pierre Chaurand, Professor at Department of Chemistry, University of Montréal, will work on Understanding the laser desorption ionization mechanisms of lipids from tissue sections after matrix sublimation at Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelle (ICSN) during 6 months.

Aleix Garcia Guell, Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Department of Instrumentation, Control and Analytical Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom, will work on New Applications of Pipet Scanning Probe at Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces (LPICM) during 12 months.

Roberto Improta, Senior Researcher at Istituto Biostrutture e Bioimmagini Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy, will work on Towards the study of the interaction between Nucleic Acids and protein by TR optical methods: insights from QM calculations at Laboratoire Interactions, Dynamique et Laser (LIDYL), Saclay during 9 months.

Tsuyoshi Inoue, assistant professor at National Astronomical Observatory, Japan, will work on The physics and the influence of shocks in the interstellar medium at AIM during 10 months.

Sergey Karpov, professor at Department of Invertebrate Zoology of St. Petersburg State University & Zoological institute RAS, will work on Genetic and morphological diversity of Opisthosporidia as a key to access the ancestral nature of Opisthokonta at Laboratory Ecology, Systematics and Evolution during 12 months.

Ichizo KOBAYASHI, Professor at Laboratory of Social Genome Sciences, Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, will work on Evolutionary Epigenetics at I2BC (team Integrity of genome and polarity in bacteria) during 12 months.

Alberto Passalacqua, Assistant Professor of Mechanical at Iowa State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, will work on Implementation of quadrature-based moment methods and high-order numerical schemes for polydisperse multiphase flows at EM2C Laboratory during 6 months.

Jacobo SANTAMARIA, Full professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, will work on Engineering electronic states at oxide interfaces: Towards oxide electronics at Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales during 6 months.

Elisabetta Tonello, Assistant professor (RTD) at Faculté des Arts et des Lettres, Université e.Campus, Italy, will work on Comprehensive analysis of Dante's Divine Comedy manuscripts held in France at Dynamiques patrimoniales et culturelles (DYPAC) during 7 months.

Yannis Velegrakis, Associate Professor at Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, Italy, will work on Big Data Understanding through Flexible Querying and Contextual Data Quality at LRI’s LaHDAK team during 9 months.

Researchers selected at the third session

  • 3 applicants  have been selected in the “young researchers” scholarship (who obtained their diploma within the last 10 years) :

Chloé Arson, Associate Professor, University GeorgiaTech, United States

Alex Chin, Research fellow at The Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, UK

Meredith Kupinski, Associate Research Professor, University of Arizona, United States.

  • 8 applicants  have been selected in the “senior researchers” scholarship :

Jean Charron, Professor, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada

Fedor Danevich, Head of the Lepton Physics Department, Institute for Nuclear Research of NASU, Kyiv, Ukraine

Frederic Frezard, Professor at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

François Major, Professor of computer science, Université de Montréal, Canada

François Meyer, Professor, University Colorado, Boulder, United States

Claire Monteleoni, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, George Washington University, United States

Albrecht Poglitsch, Senior Scientist, at Max Planck Fur extraterrestriche Physik, Garching, Germany

Paul Stewart, Professor of Sociology of Work and Employment, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), Scotland.


Researchers selected at the fourth session

  • 1 applicant have been selected in the “young researchers” scholarship (who obtained their diploma within the last 10 years) :

Jibo He, Professor, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


  • 9 applicants  have been selected in the “senior researchers” scholarship :

Joao Gama, Associate Professor, University of Porto, Portugal

Khashayar Ghandi, Professor, University Mount Allison, Canada

Suzanne Higgs, Professor, University of Birmingham - School of Psychology, United-Kingdom

Andrew Kent, Professor, New York University, United States

Igor Mekhov, Professor, University of Oxford, United-Kingdom

Gregory Starr, Associate Professor, University of Alabama - Dpt of Biological Sciences, United States

Michele Vallisneri, Research Scientist, California Institute of Technology, United States

Kristof Van Oost, Professor, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgique

René Vidal, Professor, Johns Hopkings University, United States.