June 3 - 12

From data to biology and back - Reverse engineering biological networks

At INMED and on Luminy campus of Marseille (France)


The CENTURI Summer School has been created to build bridges between scientists and engineers, allowing them to meet, exchange and work together on interdisciplinary projects.

The CENTURI summer school is aimed at students from engineering schools with backgrounds in physics, mathematics and computational sciences who are interested in applying their skills towards problems in biology. The summer school, entitled “From data to biology and back”, will introduce major open questions in systems biology. It will address those questions through the use of state-of–the-art techniques for analyzing and modelling data sets, via hands-on projects.

The mornings will be dedicated to lectures by high-level speakers to tackle biology’s challenges in data analysis but also to presentation of experimental methods used to collect biological data in experimental labs and to specific sessions to better understand research and daily life in academia. The afternoons are dedicated to hands-on projects on biological data. Participants will work in small groups and use state-of-the-art equipment to collect and analyze biological data sets. Participants will also have the chance to present their project and benefit from valuable feedback from a tutor and a scientific committee.

Registration until March 31st on the Centuri website. Fee: 50 euro



Stanislas Dehaene, Professor at the Collège de France, Chair: Experimental Cognitive Psychology

Jérémy Harroch, Founder and CEO of Quantmetry

Thomas Lecuit, Professor at the Collège de France, Chair: Dynamics of Living systems; Director, Turing Centre for Living systems

Éric Vivier, Head of the Innate Lymphoid cells team at the Centre d’Immunologie Marseille Luminy, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Innate Pharma

Afternoon workshops

Enrolled participants will work in small groups (3-4 people) on concrete biological data analysis projects(proposed by lab heads). Each group will be advised by a mentor, who will guide and support students to solve the projects’ biological questions, using biological data analysis. The type of data will vary depending on projects. At the end of the summer school, participants will present their project to instructors and fellow participants.

Neuroscience #1: Functional organization of neuronal networks – Rosa Cossart (Inmed)

Neuroscience #2: Integrative single-cell analysis of neuronal cell types – Rosa Cossart (Inmed)

Immunology: Functional maturation of B lymphocytes for antibody production – Pierre Milpied

Optics #1: Coherent Raman imaging: an open window on the unseen molecule world – Sophie Brustlein

Optics #2: Quantitative phase imaging – Julien Savatier

Developmental neurobiology #1: Role of sensory environment on neuronal development: from imaging to models – Jean-Claude Platel

Developmental neurobiology #2: Maintenance of polarity information during animal morphogenesis – Pierre-François Lenne

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