Feng-Ching Tsai

Feng-Ching Tsai

Project Leader, CNRS Researcher

Institut Curie

Welcome to my website. I am Feng, an independent project leader in the department of Physics of Cells and Cancer at Institut Curie in Paris.

Our research focus - self-assembly of active protein complexes on membranes
Over the last 5 years, we have focused on understanding how the assembly of the actin cytoskeleton and membrane curvature-senesing proteins drive membrane remodeling processes such as filopodia formation, endocytosis and macropinocytosis in cells.

Our research tools
We have developed a multidisciplinary approach combining synthetic systems and quantitative physical measurements, including the use of optical tweezers.

Our research team
Since 2019, the members of my team are Cecile Maguin (Master student, background in physics, 2020), Gwendal Guerin (PhD student, background in biochemistry, November 2021-present) and Simli Dey (postdoc with expertise in optics and biophysics, September 2021-present).

Our team
Our team

If you are interested in joining my research team as a postdoc, undergraduate or graduate student, please feel free to contact me!

Curriculum Vitae


Project Leader, CNRS Researcher (CRCN)

Department of Physics of Cells and Cancer

October 2019 – Present Institut Curie, Paris
Membranes and Cell functions Group led by Dr. P. Bassereau

Postdoctoral Researcher

Membranes and Cell functions Group led by Dr. P. Bassereau

June 2014 – September 2019 Institut Curie, Paris

PhD Student

Biological Soft Matter Group led by Dr. G. Koenderink

August 2009 – March 2014 AMOLF, Amsterdam

Research Assistant

High-resolution Optical Microscopy and Applications Group led by Dr. C-H Lee

September 2007 – June 2009 Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Master student

Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysics Group led by Dr. H-Y Chen

September 2005 – July 2007 National Central University, Taiwan

Bachelor’s Student

Department of Physics

September 2001 – July 2005 National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan

Ongoing Projects

Filopodia formation

Reveal mechanisms underlying filopodia formation

BAR proteins - membrane curvature sensing and deformation

Reveal mechanisms underlying the curvature sensing and deformation abilities of curved BAR domain proteins


Interdisciplinary Project Grant, Q-Life Institute Convergences

Emergent Grant

Independent Young Researcher Grant

Labex CelTisPhyBio, Independent Program Grant

Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Individual Fellowships

EMBO Long Term Fellowships, ALTF 1527-2014


feng-ching.tsai AT curie DOT fr

  • 11 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, 75005