Co-initiator of the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity (cri-paris.org), Ariel is an INSERM tenured senior researcher and director of the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences ('AIV') master program at the Paris Descartes and Diderot Universities. Ariel 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 interests evolve around applying Physical, Chemical and Biological approaches to study aging and variability between clonal individuals. Ariel has been leading the Paris iGEM team since its conception over three years ago and cannot wait to bring another trophy home...
Trained as a physicist, natural evolution made me shift from cosmology to molecular biology. I'm interested in a variety of scientific issues and their applications. I'm inspired by beauty and how forms, behaviors and ideas emerge and this drives me in my explorations of the wonders on Nature. Primarily how complex structures and behavior emerge and evolve. We are in an extraordinary period where never so many details have been known on living organisms. Whole genomes are known and extraordinary technological advances enable in vivo tracking and action on single cells and molecules. There is the feeling that a new level of understanding of Life is about to be gained, with fantastic potential for the evolution of humanity. I am eager to participate to endeavor and by my research and critical thinking.
It is my opinion that scientists, as highly and costly educated citizens have social duty for the collectivity. Engagement in education is essential, ethical concern and involvement in technological and business matters for the benefit of all.
I am co-director of the international Ph.D. program "Frontières du Vivant" (Frontiers in Life Sciences, www.fdv-paris.org) of the Universities Paris Descartes and Paris Diderot for interdisciplinary research programs on Life Sciences issues. Hosted at the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity (cri-paris.org) as the IGEM Paris team we support active approaches in education for interdisciplinary research.
François Le Fèvre
My research interests lie in the intersection of bioinformatics, and applied software engineering. My approach to research involves an interplay between experimental and theoretical modeling techniques, and is focused towards identifying and elucidating new knowledge interesting for biologists.
Genomic Institute : Genoscope
French Atomic Energy Commission : CEA
Personal home page : SynBioCamp