ariel lindner
Co-Founder & Research Director
CRI Co-founder and research director, I serve as the director of INSERM/Université de Paris research unit (U1284 - Systems Engineering and Evolution Dynamics). I graduated from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem "Amirim" interdisciplianry program (Chemistry major) and received my M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Chemical Immunology. Following stays at the Scripps Institute and MRC (Cambridge), I received EMBO and Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowships to joined the lab of Miro Radman in Paris. My research revolves around two axes: systems and synthetic biology as well as open and citizen science. In parallel, I mentor the research group leaders at the CRI. Former director of AIV (now AIRE master) and director of studies of the FdV (now FIRE PhD program), I continue to teach and mentor in these programs.
Ariel's Bio

I am research director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), co-founder and research director of the CRI. I served as co-director of the AIV CRI master program from its conception until 2018. I keep enjoying remote mentoring of the Paris Bettencourt iGEM team since 2006.

My research interests revolve around applying Physical, Chemical and Systems/Synthetic Biological approaches to study key questions in life and death.

Earlier work on variability between clonal individuals, lead to a continuous interest in aging, developin bacteria as a viable model and to studies on the origins of cooperation among individuals.

Major contributions in past 5 years include publications in Nature, Science, Cell and PNAS journals for which I am an occasional reviewer.

I coordinated the Citizen CyberLab European project (, I take part in the Axa foundation Chair on Longevity. I co-created the CRI Masters and PhD programs, based on novel adaptive learning using ICT and organized numerous interdisciplinary research/education workshops around the world.

My Mind Matters Quiz / Online mental health recommendation tool
Much as you can build your own personality profile using an online questionnaire, we are building an adaptive questionnaire to help you build your own mental health profile
In vivo real-time RNA probing by AI-aided design of CRISPR RNA switch
RNA-based switch designs for all
Innovative educational methods for research integrity
Innovative educational methods for research integrity
Open participatory diagnostics and epidemiological surveillance
Open participatory diagnostics and epidemiological surveillance
Log in game interactions in real time for research projects
EU Funded PhD Position: Phase separated RNA-based synthetic organelle in E. coli
Build synthetic organelle in E. coli for various applications, and studies on membraneless organelle
Ratiometric quorum-sensing in bacterial conjugation
Plasmid-mediated horizontal gene transfer of antibiotic-resistance and virulence determinants in pathogenic bacteria underlies a major public health issue. Understanding how plasmid-bearing cells avoid being outnumbered by plasmid-free cells, persisting despite the absence of antibiotic-mediated selection, is key to developing counter strategies.
Evolution Dynamics of Bacterial Cooperation Traits
Study of how genetic information spread by mobile genetic elements can modulate the evolution and selection of cooperative traits
Temporal scaling of ageing as an adaptive strategy of E. coli
Reveal trade-off between bacterial aging and growth
iGEM Paris Bettencourt
Empowering students to do synthetic biology research
Pandemia shield
Adapt our teaching and processes to limit virus exposure
COVID-19 Response Initiative
Development of strategies to reduce the risk COVID-19 transmission at CRI
test open science
to understand how to post open science student project
Effects of E-learning on students’ stress and attention span during the COVID-19 pandemic
Analyze how e-learning in pandemic affects students’ stress and attention span.
Open Science AIRE Course
Learning by doing Open Science