Willy Supatto
Ph.D. in Biophysics
M.Sc in General Engineering
M.Sc. in Biophysics





2019 H.D.R. Habilitation degree
Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches.
Paris Saclay University (Orsay, France)

2002-2005 Ph.D. degree in Biophysics
Institut Curie / Paris VII University (Paris, France)

2001-2002 M.Sc. degree in Biophysics
DEA Interfaces Physique/Biologie.
Paris VII University (Paris, France)

1998-2002 M.Sc. degree in General Engineering
Diplome d'Ingenieur ESPCI - Promotion 117 | Interdisciplinary education in Physics, Chemistry and Biology within ParisTech. ESPCI - Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle (Paris, France)

1996-1998 Classes Preparatoires
University-level preparation (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry) for the competitive entrance exam to French Grandes Ecoles. Lycée Louis-le-Grand (Paris, France)



Research Experience

2011 -Present
CNRS - Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France)
CNRS research investigator at Ecole Polytechnique
Lab for Optics and Biosciences



California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA)
Visiting Scientist in Pr. Scott Fraser lab (Biological imaging Center)


California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA)
Postdoctoral fellow in Pr. Scott Fraser lab (Biological imaging Center): "in toto imaging of embryogenesis" project within the Caltech Center of Excellence in Genomic Science. Quantitative imaging and multi-dimensional analysis of collective cell movements and symmetry-breaking phenomena during Drosophila and zebrafish embryonic development.


Institut Curie (Paris, France)
PhD student in Dr. Emmanuel Farge group (Mechanics and Genetics of Embryonic Development): study of mechano-sensitive gene expression during Drosophila embryonic morphogenesis using quantitative imaging.


2001 (January to March)
ESPCI - Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle (Paris, France)
Graduate research project (Neurophysiology and New Microscopies Lab): Calcium dynamics modeling in neurons. Introduction to nonlinear microscopy.


2000 (July to December)
Novartis Pharma Research: Oncology Therapeutic Area, Target Finding and First Screening Unit (Basel, Switzerland)
6-month R&D internship: Biological activity characterization of a protein involved in cell cycle regulation as a potential target for human cancer therapy.


August 1997 & July 1999
Aventis Pharma Research: Biophysica/Biostructure Analytics Department (Romainville, France)
Research internships: Biophysical approach for Structure Based Drug Design (SBDD).



Main Teaching Experience

Enseignant vacataire (15 hours/year). Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France)


2008 & 2009
Caltech Lecturer: Principles and Methods of Modern Microscopy (40 hours). California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA)


Teaching assistant in Bioengineering Graduate School (30 hours): Bioengineering Bootcamp. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA)



Teaching assistant to university students in Optics, Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology, Electromagnetism, and Thermodynamics (six semesters - 200 hours). Marne-la-Vallée University (Marne-la-Vallée, France)



Oral examiner in chemistry: University-level competitive entrance exam preparation for French Grandes Ecoles (four semesters - 120 hours). Lycée Louis le Grand (Paris, France)