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Zoé Valbret

Senior Scientific Editor

About Zoé

Zoé is passionate about making science accessible to everyone. As a Biology PhD student, Zoé experiments with llama antibodies and human cells. In her science communication, Zoé learned to create short videos with her sister. The curiosity that these videos sparked, encouraged Zoé to explore other ways of sharing current science through writing and podcasts. Now she is thrilled to continue this journey with TheScienceBreaker.

Zoé is the editor of 9 Breaks:

Engineered probiotic boosts cancer therapy

Nowadays, one of the main treatments for cancer is cancer immunotherapy. This therapy boosts a patient's immune system to fight cancer. A recent study attempts to help more patients benefit from this therapy, by engineering a probiotic to boost the effect of cancer immunotherapy.

Apr 19, 2023 | 3.5 min read
Gut microbiota drive anti-viral immunity

We investigated how the gut microbiota modulate anti-viral immunity in mouse models of infection. We showed that gut bacteria are vital for the presence of low level of type-I interferons, key mediators in anti-viral immunity. The gut bacteria deliver DNA in vesicles to host cells, priming anti-viral immunity.

Apr 5, 2023 | 3.5 min read
Finding the straw that breaks the cancer's back?

One of the major challenges in cancer therapy is the recurrent emergence of resistance. In pancreatic cancer, we uncovered one such resistance mechanism. Inhibiting a protein which is highly expressed in a therapy-resistant subtype of pancreatic cancer could pave the way for new therapies and improve survival of patients.

Mar 13, 2023 | 4 min read
The flesh-eating Venus flytrap plant generates its own magnetic fields

Each leaf of the carnivorous Venus flytrap plant ends in a jaw-like trap which imprisons unsuspecting insect prey. The traps are electrically active and produce electrical signals that trigger the trap to close around the insect. We discovered that this electrical signal also produces a measurable magnetic field.

Oct 19, 2022 | 4 min read
Network resuscitation – pumping life into a failed complex system

When a complex social, biological or ecological network collapses, we seek to steer it back towards functionality. Our recent work maps unique conditions - the recoverable phase - when this can be achieved by controlling just one component. With applications from neuronal networks to our gut-microbiome, we show how a single intervention point can reignite the entire system’s functionality.

Sep 15, 2022 | 4 min read
Cellular tornadoes and how they shape our organs

During development our organs take different distinct shapes. Recent results from our lab showed that under certain circumstances muscle cells collectively spiral and rotate to protrude and self-organize in 3D to form “cellular tornadoes”.

Mar 25, 2022 | 3 min read