The D'Alembert Institute is headed by Eric Deprez and has a staff of about 250. Véronique Mathet is the general secretary.
It is made up of four research units:
- The Laboratory of Biology and Applied Pharmacology
- The Quantum and Molecular Photonics Laboratory
- The Supramolecular and Macromolecular Photophysics and Photochemistry
- The Systems and Applications of Information and Energy Technologies
Working at the interface between physics, chemistry and biology, the D'Alembert Institute aims to contribute to the understanding of fundamental cellular mechanisms and their dysfunctions by using a combination of photonic and plasmonic effects, including developments in non-linear optics, multiphoton and time-resolved fluorescence imaging and nanophotonics.
The Institute's four main research themes are:
- Elucidation of fundamental phenomena in the field of cell biology and throughout understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying pathologies (cancer, VIH, neurodegenerative diseases...
- Development of new biological imaging methods with high spatial and temporal resolution, molecular photonics
- Design, development and characterization of molecular and biomolecular nanostructures for the labelling (optical, magnetic ...) of active biological entities
- Design and development of new bio-microsystems for diagnostic, therapeutic or screening purposes