Ariel B. LINDNER

Unit Director, INSERM U1284| Systems Engineering and Evolution Dynamics (SEED) Co-Founder, Learning Planet Institute, Université de Paris, Paris, FRANCE

Open pathogen, drug discovery and engineering biology for sustainable global health

Host: J. Molloy

Our planet is facing challenges that grow faster than we could possibly tackle them individually. In my talk I will share a collaborative framework based on open science routes for tackling infectious disease detection, discovery of antibiotics and metabolic engineering in bacteria, combining frugal approaches, citizen science and state-of-the-art synthetic biology.

Biography

Ariel B. Lindner is a research director at the French National Health and Medical Research Institute (INSERM) where he heads the Systems Engineering and Evolution Dynamics Unit at the Paris Cité University. He is the co-founder of the Learning Planet Institute (formerly, the Paris Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity, CRI) where he leads the Engaged Life Science (ELiS) department dedicated to cutting edge systems and synthetic biology, citizen and frugal science to tackle health sustainable development goals (SDGs) challenges. He initiated and led  learning through research international interdisciplinary graduate and leadership programs and leads a program to empower school teachers to address strengths and weaknesses of their pupils to include their mental health and neuro-developmental profiles. He is a proponent of open and citizen science, leading and participating in  European projects in this field. He is a board member of the iGEM Foundation and of the International Bioethics Committee (UNESCO).

Ariel received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science with residencies at the Scripps Institute (USA) and the  MRC (UK). His recent research contributions, published in journals as PLoS, eLife, Nature, Science and Cell include shedding light on bacterial aging, evolution of cooperation, persistence to antibiotics, antibiotic discovery, RNA-based synthetic organelles in bacteria and development of open wet- and hard-ware for infectious disease detection. This work was funded by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, MSDAvenir, national and European grants and the NYASAPO Ghana-France grant. 

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