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

Ariel Lindner is a biology researcher and a research supervisor at Inserm. 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 interdisciplinary program “Amirim” of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He obtained his Master’s degree and his PhD in chemical immunology at 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 about 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.


Coordination of the European project Citizen CyberLab; participation in the Chair on Longevity of the Axa Foundation; mentoring (teaching and coaching) of the iGEM Paris Bettencourt team; member of the Board of the iGEM Foundation; coordination of the project Le Domaine d’Intérêt Majeur BioConvergence for Health of the Ile-de-France Region; organisation of numerous interdisciplinary research/education workshops around the world.

Scientific publications

Forming the Next Generation of European Interdisciplinary Scientists” (with François Taddei, in English, 2007). 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 different countries, the EU, the HFSP, the Axa Fund, or the MSDAVENIR Fund.