Ariel Lindner

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. 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.’s 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 Sustainable Development Goals and learning disabilities.

Scientific publications

Forming the Next Generation of European Interdisciplinary Scientists” (with François Taddei, in English, 2007).

Ten simple rules for open human health research (2020)

Contours of citizen science: a vignette study (2021)

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 the French ANR, the EU, the HFSP, the Axa Fund, the MSDAVENIR Fund and the French Embassy (Ghana).


Participation and coordination roles in European Citizen Science projects Citizen CyberLab, Do It Together Science (DIToS) and Crowd4SDG; participation in the Chair on Longevity of the Axa Foundation; Supervision of the iGEM Paris Bettencourt team; iGEM Foundation Board member; coordination of the project Le Domaine d’Intérêt Majeur BioConvergence for Health of the Ile-de-France Region; Member of INSERM specialised scientific committee (CSS1); organisation of numerous interdisciplinary research/education workshops around the world.