Louvain Institute of Biomolecular Science and Technology, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Talk Title: Probing ligand binding to native membrane receptors in physiologically relevant conditions using AFM

Dr. David Alsteens is currently Research associate at the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) and full professor at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain). David received his Ph.D. in nanobiotechnology at the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences of the UCLouvain in 2011 under the supervision of Yves Dufrêne.  Thanks to a long-term EMBO fellowship, he spent two years at ETH Zurïch in Basel as a post-doc in Daniel Müller’s lab.

He is the author of more than 70 papers and two patents, with current research interests in the development of new analytical methods based on atomic force microscopy to better understand at the single-molecule level the biophysical properties of mammalian cell surfaces receptors involved in ligand binding (from small molecules to viruses). He has been awarded ERC starting grant in 2017 and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Structural Biology and Scientific Reports.