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Short CV

I am currently a CNRS researcher at the Centre Physique Théorique (Université Aix-Marseille, Luminy campus) and a CENTURI (Turing Center for Living Systems) Group Leader.

01/2019 onwards - CNRS researcher at the Centre Physique Théorique (Université Aix-Marseille, Luminy campus).
09/2015 - Research fellow with J. Prost at the Mechanobiology Institute (National University of Singapore).
2014-2015 - Post-doctoral research with L. Bocquet at LPS (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris).
2012-2014 - Graduate student with R. Voituriez and O. Bénichou at the LPTMC (Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Paris).
2008-2012 - Elève at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris).


Tissue mechanics

Cell motility

Molecular processes
Participation in the MODCOV-19 initiative and GROUPOOL research association

Publications list

  1. Group testing as a strategy for the epidemiologic monitoring of COVID-19
    V. Brault, B. Mallein, J.-F. Rupprecht
    arxiv (2020)
  2. Cell junction mechanics beyond the bounds of adhesion and tension
    P.F. Lenne, J.-F. Rupprecht, V. Viasnoff
    Developmental Cell (2021)
  3. Deterministic and stochastic rules of branching govern dendritic morphogenesis of sensory neurons
    A. Palavalli, N. Tizón-Escamilla, J.-F. Rupprecht, T. Lecuit
    Current Biology (2020) [bioRxiv version] (2020) See also press coverage in La Marseillaise journal.
  4. Adhesion-mediated heterogeneous actin organization governs apoptotic cell extrusion
    A. P. Le, J.-F. Rupprecht, R.-M. Mège, Y. Toyama, C. T. Lim, B. Ladoux
    Nature Communications (2020)
  5. Embryonic geometry underlies phenotypic variation in decanalized conditions
    A. Huang, J.-F. Rupprecht, and T. E. Saunders
    eLife, 9, e47380 (2020)
  6. Microtubule plus-end dynamics link wound repair to the innate immune response
    C. Taffoni, S. Omi, C. Huber, S. Mailfert, M. Fallet, J.-F. Rupprecht, J. J. Ewbank, N. Pujol,
    eLife (2020)
  7. Shaping the zebrafish myotome by intertissue friction and active stress
    S. Tlili, J. Yin, J.-F. Rupprecht, M. A. Mendieta-Serranoa, G. Weissbart, N. Verma, X. Teng, Y. Toyama, J. Prost, T. E. Saunders
    PNAS 116, 25430 (2019)
  8. Myosin filaments reversibly generate large forces in cells
    J. Lohner (1), J.-F. Rupprecht (1), J. Hu, N. Mandriota, M. Saxena, J. Hone, D. Pitta de Araujo, O. Sahin, J. Prost, M. P. Sheetz
    Nature Physics, 15, 689–695 (2019)
  9. Maximal fluctuations of confined actomyosin gels: dynamics of the cell nucleus
    J.-F. Rupprecht, A. Singh, G. V. Shivashankar, M. Rao, J. Prost
    Physical Review Letters, 120, 098001 (2018) Arxiv version.
  10. Soft inclusion in a confined fluctuating active fluid
    A. Singh, J.-F. Rupprecht, G. V. Shivashankar, J. Prost, M. Rao
    Physical Review E, 97, 032602 (2018) Arxiv version.
  11. Geometric constraints alter cell arrangements within curved epithelial tissues
    J.-F. Rupprecht, K. H. Ong, J. Yin, A. Huang, A. P Singh, S. Zhang, W. Yu, T. E Saunders
    Molecular Biology of the Cell, mbc. E17-01-0060 (2017).
  12. Trade-offs between structural integrity and acquisition time in stochastic super-resolution microscopy techniques
    J.-F. Rupprecht, A. Martinez-Marrades, Z. Zhang, R. Changede, P. Kanchanawong, G. Tessier
    Optics Express, 25, Issue 19, 23146 (2017).
  13. The escape problem for mortal walkers
    D. Grebenkov, J.-F. Rupprecht
    The Journal of Chemical Physics, 146, 084106 (2017) -- Arxiv version.
  14. Perspective: A fresh eye on nonequilibrium systems
    J.-F. Rupprecht, J. Prost
    Science, 352, Issue 6285, p. 514 (2016) .
  15. Optimal search by run-and-tumble particles
    J.-F. Rupprecht, O. Bénichou, R. Voituriez,
    Physical Review E, 94, 012117 (2016) -- Arxiv version.
  16. Velocity condensation of magnetotactic bacteria
    J.-F. Rupprecht, N. Waisbord, C. Ybert, C. Cottin-Bizonne and L. Bocquet
    Physical Review Letter 116, 168101 (2016) --- Arxiv version.
  17. Actin flows mediate a universal coupling between cell speed and persistence
    P. Maiuri (1), J.-F. Rupprecht (1), S. Wieser (1),
    V. Ruprecht, N. Carpi, M. Coppey, S. De Beco, O. Bénichou, N. Gov, C.P. Heisenberg, C. Large-Crespo, F. Lautenschlaeger,
    M. Le Berre, A. M. Lennon-Dumenil, M. Raab, H.R. Thiam, M. Piel, M. Sixt, R. Voituriez,
    Cell, 161, 2, pp 374 (2015).
  18. Exit time distribution in spherically symmetric two dimensional domains
    J.-F. Rupprecht, O. Bénichou, D. S. Grebenkov, R. Voituriez
    Journal of Statistical Physics 158, 1, pp 192 (2015) --- Arxiv version.
  19. Stochastic 3D field mapping using Brownian scatterers
    A. Martinez-Marrades, J.-F. Rupprecht, M. Gross, G. Tessier
    Optics Express, Vol. 22, 23, pp. 29191-29203 (2014)
  20. Kinetics of Active Surface-Mediated Diffusion in Spherically Symmetric Domains
    J.-F. Rupprecht, O. Bénichou, D. S. Grebenkov, R. Voituriez
    Journal of Statistical Physics 147, pp 891 (2012) --- Arxiv version.
  21. Exact Mean Time for surface-mediated diffusion
    J.-F. Rupprecht, O. Bénichou, D. S. Grebenkov, R. Voituriez
    Physical Review E 86, pp 041135 (2012) --- Arxiv version.


Join the OM! The Out-of-equilibrium Mechanics (OM) group in Marseille is hiring students.

We currently have a (1) CNRS post-doctoral contract opportunity as well as (2) internship and (3) Phd funding opportunities. See a PhD proposal on this page: CENTURI PhD call.

In addition to joining a dynamic team composed of highly motivated people, please have in mind that the Luminy campus is arguably one the most beautiful campus in the world (see some images here).


Email: rupprecht.jf (at)
Address: Centre de Physique Théorique, Université Aix-Marseille, Campus de Luminy, 163 Avenue de Luminy, 13009 Marseille
Office: 5th floor, office 514
Phone: number in my email signature.