Thomas LECUIT heads the “Architecture and Dynamics of Biological Tissues” team at the Institute of Developmental Biology of Marseille (IBDM). He was awarded the silver medal of the CNRS in 2015 and elected member at the Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea in 2014.
Thomas Lecuit is a cell and developmental biologist who profoundly renewed our knowledge of the information underlying cellular organization and dynamics during tissue morphogenesis. His work, recognized internationally, has contributed to the emergence of a new field of research at the interface between cell biology, genetics and physics: the mechanobiology. His appointment on the chair “Dynamics of Living Systems” is in line with long lasting tradition at the Collège de France to foster interdisciplinary interactions and the emergence of new disciplines.
The Collège de France is a public higher education institution, which is unique in France and has no equivalent abroad. Since the 16th century, the Collège de France has had a two-fold mission: to be a forum for cutting-edge research and teaching. Collège de France was founded by Francois I, who appointed the first “Lecteurs royaux” in 1530. Their role was to teach disciplines which were not yet recognized at university level. Today, Collège de France is structured around chairs. They cover a huge range of disciplines ranging from social sciences and economics to mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and many more. The former « lecteurs royaux » have become 47 professors. They promote responsiveness and scientific teaching in fields which are emerging or require a multidisciplinary approach.