User:Alexis Courbet

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Alexis Courbet
Alexis Courbet
  • Cellular/molecular engineering
  • Biocomputing & Biosensing
  • Synthetic biological circuits
  • CAD & computational design for synthetic biology
  • Autonomous & programmable biosystems
  • Protocells & minimal systems
  • Microfluidics
  • Biomolecular prosthetics, diagnostics & theranostics
  • Medical sciences, translational medicine
  • Multidisciplinary science

During my PhD, I applied synthetic biology to human health and biotechnology.

I developped concepts, systematic methods, computational tools and biological standards to:

  • 1. Engineer next-generation diagnostics. I engineered autonomous and programmable biosensors integrating multiplexed pathological biomarker detection and complex biological signal processing as intelligent diagnostic devices.
  • 2. Engineer novel biocomputing devices that solve complex problems and process/interface biological information at the microscale. I developed microfluidic and computer assisted methodologies to program these synthetic biosystems from the bottum-up (e.g. protocells).

I believe that collaboration between scientists and promotion of interdisciplinarity is the key to understand and engineer biology.

Contact Info

  • Alexis Courbet
  • Sys2diag laboratory, CNRS

Complex biological systems modelling and engineering for diagnosis


  • 2012-2015, PhD at The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)&Bio-Rad/Stanford University
  • 2012, MS in Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, University of Montpellier
  • 2011-2015, Residency in Clinical Toxicology, Pharmaceutical innovation and Biomedical Research
  • 2011, MS in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University Paris Sud 11
  • 2010, BS, University of Paris Sud 11
  • 2010, BMSc, University of Paris Sud 11


Detection of pathological biomarkers in human clinical samples via amplifying genetic switches and logic gates
Science Translational Medicine, 2015 May 27;7(289):289ra83
Alexis Courbet, Drew Endy, Eric Renard, Franck Molina, and Jérôme Bonnet Abstract PDF
Supplementary Materials

Computing with Synthetic Protocells
Acta Biotheor., 2015 May 13;
Alexis Courbet, Patrick Amar, and Franck Molina Abstract PDF

Engineering next generation diagnostics through synthetic biology
University of Montpellier, Medical Thesis, 2015 July 2;
Alexis Courbet PDF

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