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International Scientific Committee

The international scientific committee advises the graduate program’s director and council on their strategic, scientific and pedagogic orientations, and on the choice of PhD projects and students that should be interviewed and ranked. This committee participates, once a year, in the graduate program’s council (enlarged to include two directors of partner graduate programs), dedicated to the attribution of fellowships.

Committee member testimonies

“The program’s goal is to recruit outstanding students from all over the world into an interactive PhD program that gets students to think critically, learn, and work outside of disciplinary boundaries. The students are encouraged to think broadly, work collaboratively, and devote substantial energy and effort to thinking about scientific education both in France and throughout the world. The FdV PhD program now has 62 Doctors and 88 PhD students spread in a variety of excellent groups engaged in interdisciplinary projects.These students come from all over the World: China, USA, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, Hungaria, Croatia, Yougoslavia, Algeria, Iran, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Mauritius and France.”

Andrew MURRAY (Harvard)
President of the International Scientific Committee

“The interdisciplinary PhD program “Frontiers in Life Sciences” has been established with some original and important goals in mind, namely to promote a platform where PhD students from all over the world and from a broad range of disciplines could meet and exchange ideas and results. The hope is to create a special spirit promoting creativity, unexpected thoughts and new research directions. Since the program includes philosophy, the idea is also to bring back into the realm of analytical sciences notions concerning ethical issues and the philosophical implications of scientific discoveries. This seems to me of the utmost importance, in the present days.”

Eric KARSENTI (EMBL)
Member of the International Scientific Commitee

 International Scientific Committee in 2016

  • Bevan BRONWYN (University of Washington College of Education, USA) – Research and Learning
  • Haklay MUKI (UCL, UK) – Computer Science
  • Adam KAMPF (UCL, UK) – Intelligent Systems
  • Eric KARSENTI (EMBL, Germany) – Cell Biology and Biophysics
  • Melissa McCARTNEY (Science Magazine, USA)
  • Andrew MURRAY (Harvard University, USA) – Systems Biology
  • Qi OUYANG (Peking University, China) – Quantitative Biology
  • Suzannah RUTHERFORD (Seattle University, USA) – Evolutionary Biology and Medicine
  • Tsvi TLUTSY (Princeton University, USA) – Physics
  • Saskia van der VIES (Amsterdam University, Netherlands) – Protein Machines
  • Luping XU (Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics, China) – Biophysics, Micro and Nano Technology

 International Scientific Committee in 2015

  • Aviv BERGMAN (Albert Einstein Institute, USA) – Evolutionary Systems Biology
  • Eric KARSENTI (EMBL, Germany) – Cell Biology and Biophysics
  • Pierre LÉVY (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands) – Industrial design
  • Melissa McCARTNEY (Science Magazine, USA)
  • Sanjoy MITTER (MIT, USA) – Systems, Communications, Control
  • Elisha MOSES (Weizmann Institute, Israel) – Physics, Complexity Science
  • Andrew MURRAY (Harvard University, USA) – Systems Biology
  • Suzannah RUTHERFORD (Seattle University, USA) – Evolutionary Biology and Medicine
  • Tsvi TLUTSY (Princeton University, USA) – Physics
  • Saskia van der VIES (Amsterdam University, Netherlands) – Protein Machines
  • Luping XU (Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics, China) – Biophysics, Micro and Nano Technology

 International Scientific Committee in 2014

  • Naama BARKAI (Weizmann Institute, Israel) – Systems Biology
  • Aviv BERGMAN (Albert Einstein Institute, USA) – Evolutionary Systems Biology
  • Sam BROWN (Oxford University, England) – Ecology Evolution
  • Walter FONTANA (Harvard University, USA) – Systems Biology and Evolution
  • Evelyn FOX KELLER (MIT, USA) – History and Philosophy of Science
  • Steven FRIEND (Sage Bionetworks, USA) – Biotechnology and Medicine
  • Eric KARSENTI (EMBL, Germany) – Cell Biology and Biophysics
  • Laurent KELLER (Lausanne University, Switzerland) – Eusociality Evolution
  • Vittorio LORETO (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) – Social dynamics, Phylogeny and evolution
  • Melissa McCARTNEY (Science Magazine, USA)
  • Ron MILO (Weizmann Institute, Israel) – System Biology
  • Sanjoy MITTER (MIT, USA) – Systems, Communications, Control
  • Elisha MOSES (Weizmann Institute, Israel) – Physics, Complexity Science
  • Richard MOXON (Oxford University, England) – Infectious Disease and Evolution
  • Andrew MURRAY (Harvard University, USA) – Systems Biology
  • Qi OUYANG (Beijing, China) – Self Organization Physics
  • Barbara PRAINSACK (Kings College London, England) – Biomedicine and Social Science
  • Suzannah RUTHERFORD (Seattle University, USA) – Evolutionary Biology and Medicine
  • Jakob Balslev SORENSEN (Copenhagen University, Denmark) – Neurobiology
  • Kenneth O. STANLEY (University of Central Florida, USA) – Computer science, Evolutionary complexity
  • Dan TAWFIK (Weizmann Institute, Israel) – Protein Structure, Function and Evolution
  • Stefen THURNER (Medical University of Vienna, Austria) – Complex systems
  • Tsvi TLUTSY (Princeton University, USA) – Physics
  • Saskia van der VIES (Amsterdam University) – Protein Machines
  • Adam WILKINS (ex editor in chief BioEssays) – Evolution and Development
  • Luping XU (Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics, China) – Biophysics, Micro and Nano Technology

 International Scientific Committee in 2013

  • Naama BARKAI (Weizmann Institute, Israel) – Systems Biology
  • Annette BAUDISCH (Max Planck Institute, Germany) – Demography
  • Aviv BERGMAN (Albert Einstein Institute, USA) – Evolutionary Systems Biology
  • Sebastian BONHOEFFER (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) – Host-Parasite Evolution
  • Sam BROWN (Oxford University, England) – Ecology Evolution
  • Drew ENDY (Stanford University, USA) – Synthetic Biology
  • Walter FONTANA (Harvard University, USA) – Systems Biology and Evolution
  • Evelyn FOX KELLER (MIT, USA) – History and Philosophy of Science
  • Eric KARSENTI (EMBL, Germany) – Cell Biology and Biophysics
  • Laurent KELLER (Lausanne University, Switzerland) – Eusociality Evolution
  • Jiang LEI (Beijing, China) – Nanotechnology
  • Albert LIBCHABER (Rockefeller University, USA) – Non Linear Physics, Evolution
  • Melissa Mc CARTNEY(Science Magazine, USA)
  • Ron MILO (Weizmann Institute, Israel) – System Biology
  • Sanjoy MITTER (MIT, USA) – Systems, Communications, Control
  • Elisha MOSES (Weizmann Institute, Israel) – Physics, Complexity Science
  • Richard MOXON (Oxford University, England) – Infectious Disease and Evolution
  • Andrew MURRAY (Harvard University, USA) – Systems Biology
  • Qi OUYANG (Beijing, China) – Self Organization Physics
  • Suzannah RUTHERFORD (Seattle University, USA) – Evolutionary Biology and Medicine
  • Jakob Balslev SORENSEN, (Copenhagen University, Denmark) – Neurobiology
  • Dan TAWFIK (Weizmann Institute, Israel) – Protein Structure, Function and Evolution
  • Tsvi TLUTSY (Princeton University, USA) – Physics
  • Saskia van der VIES (Amsterdam University) – Protein Machines
  • Adam WILKINS (ex editor in chief BioEssays) – Evolution and Development