Willy Bonneuil graduated from the French Grande École of Engineering ISAE-Supaéro in 2017. In parallel, he received a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London in 2016. He has been working as a PhD student in Moore Lab since October 2017.
Willy researches the formation of chemokine gradients through microfluidic experiments and numerical modelling. Chemokine gradients are the biochemical signal guiding the migration of white blood cells as these sample the body searching for pathogens and as they respond to a pathogen aggression. Precise positioning and migration of leukocytes are essential for an efficient and timely immune response, yet the formation of the chemokine gradients that govern them is only qualitatively understood. Willy is designing a microfluidic device where the formation of chemokine gradients should be reproduced in a controlled way, in order to quantify each of the biophysical and biochemical phenomena that influence the interstitial distribution of chemokines in vivo.