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Adrien Hallou

Dr Adrien Hallou

Dr Adrien Hallou

Herchel Smith Research Fellow

Fellow of Darwin College

Email: ah691 @
Wellcome Trust / CRUK Gurdon Institute,
Tennis Court Road,
Cambridge. CB2 1QN


TCM Group, Cavendish Laboratory
19 JJ Thomson Avenue,
Cambridge, CB3 0HE UK.


Initially trained as a physicist and a chemist at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), I developed my interest for quantitative approaches of biological systems during my MPhil and PhD in Biophysics at the University of Cambridge. I am now a Research Fellow at Darwin College and a Herchel Smith Research Fellow in the group of Professor Benjamin Simons, where my work combines theoretical methods from statistical and soft matter physics with wet lab biology experiments to understand the role of cellular heterogeneity in cell fate decision, pattern formation and tissue function during development, homeostasis and tumorogenesis.

In Plain English

My research focuses on the study of stem cells in epithelial tissues such as skin, oesophagus or intestine, using methods from both Physics and Biology in an interdisciplinary approach. My work has direct biomedical implications and contributes to a better understanding of embryonic development, tissue regeneration and tumour initiation.