2017 Medal Winners | francais

The 2017 CAP Herzberg Medal

is awarded to

Paul François

"I am humbled and honored to receive the CAP Herzberg medal. I have been very lucky to work with tremendous students, postdocs and collaborators, and it is wonderful to see recognition for our biophysical approach." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2017 CAP Herzberg Medal is awarded to Paul François, McGill University, in recognition of for his seminal research in theoretical biophysics, particularly the use of methods from statistical and computational physics to model cellular processes as non-linear dynamical systems. announcement

Paul Fran�ois is one of the world�s leading experts in theoretical biophysics, in particular for modeling of cellular behavior using tools from nonlinear, statistical and computational physics. In particular, Francois used Monte Carlo approaches to study directed evolution of nonlinear systems modelling gene networks, which led to several theoretical advances in the description of evolution and of systems ranging from immune recognition, biological nonlinear oscillators to vertebrate development. He is using phenomenological approaches inspired by physics to develop �phenotypic models�, for instance explaining theoretically many contradictory experimental aspects of early immune recognition. In addition he has applied physical insights to the study of embryonic development. He has developed analysis tools to quantify embryonic development, model flows and diffusion of cells in embryonic tissue. More recently he has built oscillatory phase models explaining puzzling properties of development such as scaling of vertebrae with embryo size or coupling of multiple oscillators driving vertebrae formation. He has been collaborating with several international groups in quantitative immunology and embryonic development, to whom he has provided unique theoretical support. Prof. Fran�ois� work has been published and featured in the most prestigious interdisciplinary science journals and his work has been recognized by major awards including a 2014 Simons Investigator award for mathematical modelling of biological systems. nominator citation

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