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Fabien Pinaud

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2262
Office: RRI 204A

Personal Website


Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California Los Angeles, 6/2007
B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Nottingham Trent University (UK), 6/1999

Postdoctoral Training

Marie Curie and EMBO Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ecole Normale SupĂ©rieure, Departments of Biology and Physics, Paris (France), 07/01/2007-07/01/2011  

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences and Chemistry, University of Southern California, 08/16/2011-  

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Assistyant Professor / Joint Appointment Faculty, USC Physics and Astronomy Department, 06/01/2012-  
Assistant Professor / Joint Appointment Faculty, USC Chemistry Department, 01/01/2012-  

Other Employment

Member, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, 06/01/2012-  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Fabien Pinaud is the Principal Investigator of the Single Molecule Biophotonics Group. The Pinaud Lab focuses on using a variety of single molecule microscopy techniques to study how nanoscale cellular compartments modulate the diffusion and the activity of proteins involved in normal and pathological cellular signaling and responses. We also develops ultra-sensitive imaging probes that quantitatively report and influence biomolecular interactions in living cells and animals. Some of these probes have potential applications for cancer diagnostics and therapeutics.

Research Keywords

Cell and Molecular biology, Biophysics, Chemical biology, Nanoscience, Optics, Fluorescence microscopy, Molecular imaging, Single molecule detection, Quantum dots, Fluorescent proteins, Protein tracking, Quantitative imaging, Super-resolution imaging, Photoactivation, Protein manipulation, Plasma and Nuclear membranes, Microdomains and cavities, Signaling, Cancer.
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