Recent publications

Authors: M. Montévil; G. Longo; G. Frezza; D. Ceccarelli
Book Chapter, In Press
Authors: M. Montévil
Journal Article, 2018
Authors: M. Montévil; A. Pocheville
Journal Article, 2017
Authors: G. Longo; M. Montévil
Journal Article, 2017
Authors: M. Montévil
Journal Article, 2017

Maël Montévil's research page

Investigations in theoretical biology

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About me

Maël Montévil

Short CV

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at MSC, Paris Diderot, funded by the Labex "Who AM I?".

Previously, i was IHPST, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, on a grant from DIM-ISC of the île-de-France region and before a postdoctoral associate in Tufts University, dept. of Anatomy and cell biology, Soto and Sonnenschein Lab.

I obtained my Phd under the supervision of Giuseppe Longo in LIENS, École Normale Supérieure and doctoral school Frontières du vivant, in Paris V, Descartes.

Long CV (With publication list)


Mail: mael [dot] montevil  [at] gmail [dot] com


My core research interest is theoretical biology.

During my Phd, Biological time and extended critical transitions: towards an objectivization of the living state of matter, my supervisor was Giuseppe Longo and unofficially Francis Bailly, deceased in February 2009. Our theoretical approaches to biology start with a critical and constructive reflection on the physical ways to obtain intelligibility of natural phenomena. We work on original theoretical proposals, which are largely distinct from the more classical biophysical approaches. The main themes we discuss are the following:

  • Anti-entropy: this concept is a tentative quantification of biological complexity.
  • Biological time: we approach different features of biological time: rhythms, protension and retention, historicity, ....
  • Extended Criticality: this core notion is coined to understand the structure of coherence of organisms, and is directly associated to the following:
  • Theoretical symmetries in biology: we propose that biological symmetries are unstable. This hypothesis has wide implications with respect to the historicity of biological objects in particular.
  • Biological randomness: a specific form of biological randomness is associated to the symmetry changes mentioned above.

Details can be found in our publications.

In my postdoctorale position in Tufts, I learned experimental techniques, and focused on morphometrics of mammary gland and collagen analysis in 3D gels and in vivo.

In my previous postdoctorale position in IHPST, I have worked with Matteo Mossio on the notion of closure among constraints as a way to understand the interdependencies of the part of a organism.

I'm currently working on the concept of biological variability in MSC with Stéphane Douady.


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