Abdel Illah El Abed received his MSc degrees in Polymer and Interface Science from Montpellier University (France) in 1987, and a PhD degree in Physics and Biophysics in 1992 from Paris Descartes University, where he was awarded, a year later, a permanent position as an assistant Professor. His early research works were related to the study of molecular self-organization of thin films made of Liquid-Crystals or biomolecules (peptides). In 2009, he began to develop research topics at the biology-physics interface droplet-based microfluidics to develop different lab-on-a-chip applications using droplet-based microfluidics. In 2013, he moved to the Quantum and Molecular Photonics Laboratory at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris Saclay to develop research topics dedicated to droplet-based optofluidics and nano-photonics.