Sophie Dumont, PhD

What I do

Our lab is interested in how the properties of individual molecules give rise to the mechanics and function of large cellular machines. We focus on the machines that drive cell division, asking how they build themselves through self-organization, and how they generate and respond to force to perform their function robustly and accurately. To answer these questions we use approaches from biophysics, bioengineering and cell biology.

My research expertise

biophysics, cell biology, Molecular and cellular engineering, Macromolecular machines, Self-organization, Mechanics, microscopy, mechanical measurements


PhD, Biophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
BA, Physics, Princeton University, 1999

Research keywords

  • Spindle Apparatus
  • Microtubules
  • Chromosome Segregation
  • Metaphase
  • Kinetochores
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Chromosomes
  • Potoroidae
  • Mechanotransduction, Cellular
  • Chromosomes, Human
  • Nuclear Matrix-Associated Proteins
  • Dyneins
  • Mitosis
  • cell division
  • Dynactin Complex