We actuate with light & magnets, we fold & unfold DNA, we cell-free express proteins, we play with drops, marbles & interfaces, we organize particles, we harness coffee rings.

Caroline Rossi-Gendron, Post-Doc

Caroline is our expert in dynamic DNA nanotechnology!

Current position: Post-Doc at Ecole Normale Supérieure, département de Chimie, laboratoire PASTEUR
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS)
24, rue Lhomond, F75005 Paris, France
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• Since october 2018: Post-doc in the Baigl team
• 2015- 2018: PhD student at ENS, Paris under the supervision of Prof. Damien Baigl
• 2014-2015: Agrégation de Sciences Physiques, option chimie
French highly competitive exam for the recruitment of secondary school and university teachers
• 2011-2014: Bachelor and then Master course, major: “Molecular Chemistry” (ENS/UPMC)
• 2009 - 2011: Classes préparatoires PCSI-PC* (Lycée Pothier, Orléans)
Intensive course to prepare for the competitive entrance examinations to French engineering schools 

Research experience

• October 2015-October 2018: PhD in Prof. Damien Baigl’s team at the Department of chemistry of the ENS (Paris)
- Dynamic DNA origamis as isothermal supramolecular machines: melting dynamics, photocontrol and isothermal folding.
• 2014: 5-month internship in Prof. Bernold Hansenknopf's team at the IPCM (Sorbonne Université - Paris)
Synthesis and study of switchable molecular tweezers.
• 2013: 5-month internship in Prof. Bernhard Keppler's team at the Department of chemistry of the University of Vienna (Austria)
Synthesis and characterization of Ru(II)-arene complexes featuring bioactive flavonol-derived ligands.
• 2012: 2-month internship in Dr. Virginie Vidal's team at Chimie ParisTech (Paris)
Palladium-catalyzed enantioselective synthesis of chiral allenes.
• 2011: 1-month internship in Prof. Damien Baigl’s team at the Department of chemistry of the ENS (Paris)
- Synthesis of photosensitive polyamines for the reversible photocontrol of genomic DNA conformation.


2. B. Doistau, C. Rossi-Gendron, A. Tron, N. D. McClenaghan, L-M. Chamoreau, B. Hasenknopf, G. Vives, Switchable Platinum-Based Tweezers with Pt–Pt Bonding and Selective Luminescence Quenching. Dalt. Trans. 2015, 44, 8543–8551.

1. A. Venancio-Marques, A. Bergen, C. Rossi-Gendron, S. Rudiuk, D. Baigl, Photosensitive Polyamines for High-Performance Photocontrol of DNA Higher-Order Structure. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 3654–3663.


FDN2018 (06/2018) Photocontrol of DNA origami melting and formation: toward light-controlled isothermal nanomachines, Rome (poster)
- DNATEC17 (05/2017) DNA origami melting: precise measurement and photocontrol, Dresden (poster)
JMC15  (08/2016) Photocontrol of DNA origami melting using photosensitive intercalators, Bordeaux (oral presentation)


Bourse France 2018 L'Oréal-UNESCO "Pour les Femmes et la Science"   
JSPS Summer Program 2017   2,5 months fellowship (june - august 2017) in Prof. Sugiyama's team in Kyoto (Japan)