Étudiant-chercheur étoile December 2016

Loïc Binan

PhD student in Biomedical Engineering
Université de Montréal

Award-winning publication: Live single-cell laser tag

Published in: Nature Communications


Unlike genomic studies which describe the average behaviour of a large number of cells, single cell sequencing precisely analyzes the cells that are potentially responsible for an illness. Loïc Binan has developed a technique called ClaP that instantaneously and precisely labels cells using the SAME instruments used for observation. A laser acts as a brush and deposits a recognizable tag that remains attached to each targeted cell for several days, making it possible to observe their history or to isolate them and to analyse their genes individually. The technique shows great promise for cancer research, cell therapy and neurobiology.