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Université Paris Diderot

Université Paris Descartes

Ariel Lindner, INSERM tenured senior researcher and co-director of the AIV master, has graduated from the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) "Amirim" interdisciplinary program with major in Chemistry and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel) in Chemical Immunology for his work on catalytic antibodies as enzyme models, antibody conformational changes and directed evolution. After a research period at the Scripps Institute (California, USA), he received EMBO and Marie Curie fellowships to pursue postdoctoral work in Paris. His study interestevolve around applying Physical, Chemical and Biological approaches to study variability between clonal individuals. he si an associate professor at the Paris Descartes university faculty of Medicine (2008/9) and serves as the director of studies of the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI)

Pascal Hersen, CNRS tenured researcher and co-director of the AIV master, has a degree from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and a PhD in Physics from University of Paris VII. His research path starts with the study of sand dunes dynamics and morphogenesis. He got interested into interdisciplinary approaches and its application to Life Science during a post doctoral stay at Harvard University, where he studied the dynamics of a model signalling pathway in yeast. He is currently a CNRS researcher at the Materials and Complex Systems Laboratory hosted by University Paris VII where he studies how biological systems can dynamically adapt to fluctuations of their environment, using both experiments and models. He is involved in organization and teaching for the Master AIV.

Stephane Douady, CNRS Director of Research, has graduated from the Ecole Normale superieure and received his master and PhD degrees in Physics from the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI). He is now a CNRS researcher at ENS and Paris Diderot (Paris VII) University. He received the CNRS silver medal for his works, focused on numerous natural phenomena as phyllotaxis, instability and avalanches in granular media, singing dunes, venation, leaf unfolding… treated with both modeling and experimental approaches.

Francois Taddei, Director of Research at INSERM, was first trained in mathematics and physics and then followed the interdisciplinary curriculum of the French Ecole Polytechnique. He received an engineering master (ENGREF) as well as master and PhD degrees in Genetics (Paris XI University). His scientific work was recognised by awards from INSERM, Bettencourt foundation, EURYI and HFSP for its interdisciplinary approaches to bacterial genetic and phenotypic variability, its molecular causes and its medical and evolutionary consequences. He currently leads an INSERM team in Paris and serves as the director of the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) and the FdV PhD program.


Amodsen Chotia has built a custom curriculum at university with a double formation of 5 years of physics at Evry then Orsay and biology at Evry. Former student of the AIV master, he also obtained a master's degree in plasma physics (Paris XI) after several months at Berkeley. His PhD in atomic physics (LAC, Orsay) has brought new results on the control of interactions between cold atoms for quantum information, and the demonstration of a new technique for optical pumping and laser cooling of molecules, which opens up many perspectives. He hopes to take advantage of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research to develop new methods of study of biological systems in the years to come.

Claire Ribault. After preparatory classes in physics & chemistry, I studied chemistry at the Ecole Normale Superieure (Ulm). I spent 7 months working on prion protein biosynthesis in King's College London. Then I followed the AIV master program "Approches Interdisciplinaires du Vivant". I am now doing a PhD, working on the synapse as a multimolecular assembly in a "dynamic equilibrium".

Mathieu Coppey has specialized in modeling and quantitative biology of reactive and transport processes in confined medium. He defended his thesis about the stochastic theory of diffusion-limited reactions at the Pierre et Marie Curie University. After collaborating at the INRA on the modeling of G protein transduction, he realized an interdisciplinary project of developmental biology at the Princeton University (NJ) on the morphogenetic gradients in the early Drosophila embryo. In parallel, he worked on the autocrine and paracrine cell signaling in collaboration with the Mount Sinaï hospital (NYC). Presently, he is interested by the cell polarity with the help of single molecule imaging tools.

Many other researchers are associated with the AIV and contribute to our seminars on a regular basis: Jean-Claude Ameisen, Anne Christophe, Vincent Danos, Pierre-Henri Gouyon, Matthieu Latapy, Bruno Latour, Silvia de Monte, Michel Morange, Edouardo Rocha, Vincent Schaechter.