Ariel Lindner, co-founder of the CRI/Learning Planet Institute, head of Engaged Life Science (ELiS) and supervisor of the leaders of research teams.

Ariel Lindner is an interdisciplinary Life Science Research Director and heads the  Systems Engineering and Evolution Dynamics (SEED) unit of Inserm and Université Paris Cité.

He notably develops action research aimed at implementing a set of tools, methods and training courses to better identify, understand and support children according to their needs and strengths.


Ariel Lindner graduated as a chemistry major from the “Amirim” interdisciplinary program of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

He obtained his M.Sc. degree and his PhD in chemical and molecular immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science (“Enzyme models, antibody conformational changes and directed evolution”).


After research stays at the Scripps Institute (California) and the MRC (Cambridge), Ariel Lindner received EMBO and Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowships to join Miro Radman’s laboratory in Paris.

His work on variability between clonal individuals led him to focus on the aging process. He then used bacteria as a viable model for the discovery of new antibiotics, for synthetic and systems biology, as well as for his studies on the origins of cooperation between individuals.

His current work explores two main areas: systems and synthetic biology, as well as open and citizen sciences for addressing the Sustainable Development Goals and learning disabilities. 


Based on an innovative, adaptive, research-based learning model (Learning Through Research), Ariel Lindner co-created the Master’s and PhD programmes of the CRI/Learning Planet Institute, where he has been teaching for 20 years.


Scientific publications


Ariel Lindner has also published in the journals Nature, Science, Cell, PLoS and PNAS, for which he is an occasional reviewer.

His publications have been supported by competitive grants from from the French ANR, the EU, the HFSP, the Axa Fund, the MSDAVENIR Fund and the French Embassy (Ghana).