Patricia Bassereau is CNRS Directrice de Recherche (equivalent to professor) at the Institut Curie in Paris where she is the leader of the group "Membranes and cellular functions". She obtained a short PhD and a PhD in Soft Matter at the University of Montpellier where she started her carrier on the structure of self-assembled surfactant-based systems. She spent one year as a visiting scientist at the IBM Almaden Center (San Jose, USA) on thin polymer films. She moved to the Institut Curie in 1993 to work on questions related to "Physics of the cell". She develops a multidisciplinary approach, largely based on synthetic biology and biomimetic systems, as well as quantitative mechanical and microscopy methods to understand the role of biological membranes in cellular functions. Additionnally, she studies in vitro and in cellulo the mechanics and the generation of cellular protrusions.