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Congratulations to AIV students and alumni for winning the regional Biodesign Challenge and for representing France at the finals in NYC!

Congratulations to our student, Teja Jammalamadaka, for his PhD position at the MIT Media Lab in Boston! Go for the stars, Teja!


Congratulations to Alicia, Alma, Aya, Oleksandra, Paul (AIV 2017-2018) and the rest of the Paris Bettencourt team for earning a gold medal at the iGEM Jamboree 2017 with their project Medusa!

Congratulations to Chetan Aditya, Clovis Basier, Ella de Gaulejac, Louis Faure, and Teja Jammalamadaka (AIV 2016-17) who, together with FdV PhD students publish ‘When evolution and biotechnologies collide‘ on The Conversation.

Congratulations to Zsuzsanna Gere, Baptiste Rouger and Oleksandra Sorokina (AIV 2016-2017) for their annotations on ‘Does peer review choose the best science?‘ as part of the Science in the Classroom assignment.

Congratulations to Ameya Murukutla (AIV 2015-2017) for her PhD position at the Applied Mathematics and Computational Geometry Lab in Grenoble, where she will work on Augmented reality in Anatomy extending into surgery.

All the best and fun in the coming years!

Congratulations to Mislav Acman, Éléonore Bellot, Charles Bernard, Thibault Corneloup, Louis Halconruy, Ahmed Saadawi, and Sebastian Sosa Carrillo (AIV 2016-2017) on their publication on The Conversation:

Don’t blame it on algorithms: what they really are and how they can fuel progress in the life sciences

Congratulations to Iaroslava Golovkova (AIV 2015-2017) on her PhD position at UPMC in the Multiscale of Mechanics of Soft Solids-group. Wishing you all the best for the future.

Congratulations to Bilen Regassa (AIV 2016-2017) on her publication in Breast Cancer Management: Curcumin and extracellular matrix proteins synergistically act to inhibit the proliferation of breast cancer cells

Congratulations to Giselle McCallum (AIV 2015-2017) on her publication in ELife with her contribution in her M1 internship: Chimeric origins of ochrophytes and haptophytes revealed through an ancient plastid proteome

Congratulations to Matthieu Gélin (AIV 2015-2017) for his PhD position in the Cytomorpholab at Hôpital Saint Louis, Paris.

Congratulations to Mislav Acman (AIV 2015-2017) for his PhD position at The London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LiDO) in London.

Congratulations to Charles Bernard (AIV 2015-2017) for obtaining a fellowship of the ISTernship program at IST Austria! Enjoy Vienna!

Congratulations to Clovis Basier (AIV 2015-2017) on his next step in his career: a PhD position at the Francis Crick Institute in London!

AIV M1 visited the IST Austria and the Medical University of Vienna end of January 2017.

Congratulations to the start-up UniBiome with former-AIV students Sophie, Mukit, Prateek, Ihab and Juanma for winning the International Potential at the 2016 Genopole Young Biotech Award.

Congratulations to the iGEM team with AIV students Mislav Acman, Sebastian Sosa-Carrillo, Shruthi Narayanan, Teja Jammalamadaka, and Thomas Meiller-Legrand with their Best Integrated Human Practices Prize at the iGEM Jamboree in Boston.

Congratulations to Ameya Murukutla (AIV M2) with the publication of her M1 internship in Physical Review E, on Physics of Amniote Formation.

AIV in Science Mag Careers

‘…In Europe, the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI), for example, offers a 2-yearInterdisciplinary Approaches in Life Sciences master’s program with a specific track in systems and synthetic biology…’


Next AIV Masterclass will feature Leonora Bittleston from MIT, to talk about evolution of micro-ecosystems in carnivorous plants! Join us on Friday 18th May at 11h!

For our next AIV Masterclass, we will have Mathias Kölle, group leader at the Laboratory for Biologically Inspired Photonic Engineering at MIT. Join us on Friday 16th February at 11h!

For the first 2018 AIV Masterclass, we will host André Maia Chagas from Tubingen University to talk about OpenHardware and OpenScience! See you on Friday 26th January at 11h!

The AIV team invites Prof. Pascale Cossart, head of the Bacteria-Cell Interaction unit at Pasteur Institute, to talk about her breakthrough discoveries in the biology of endoparasite infections. See you on Friday 8th December at 14h30!

For our October Masterclass, the AIV team presents Dr. David Kong from the MIT media lab, who will share with us insight into his research and career path. Come join us on Friday 6th October at 11h!

Our series of Masterclasses continues with Ingmar H. Riedel-Kruse from Stanford, who will talk about “Making Multi-Cell Patterns Interactive, Accessible, and Programmable: Biotic Games, Biophysics Cloud labs, and Synthetic Cell-Cell Adhesion“. See you on September 29 at 11h!

The first Masterclass of the year will be held by Professor Frances Arnold of Caltech, who is going to talk about “Innovation by Evolution: Expanding the Enzyme Universe“. Meet you on September 22 at 11h!

Urs Gaudenz of the GaudiLab will give a the last AIV Masterclass at Lunch of this academic year on June 30 at 13h. He will talk and demonstrate the OpenDrop and Dropbot.

Calin Guet of IST Austria will give a special AIV Masterclass at Lunch on June 23 at 13h. He will engage the audience in a discussion around “Can Synthetic Biology Teach Us New Biology?

Danny Ducat from Michigan State University will give a special AIV Masterclass at Lunch on May 19 at 13h. He will talk about ‘Engineering Artificial Phototroph/Autotroph Consortia and Improving Their Robustness to Real-World Threats‘.

Marcel Salathé of EPFL gave a masterclass on April 18 on Digitial Epidemiology. More info here.

Yitzhak Pilpel of the Weizmann Institute will give a masterclass Friday 21 April a Errors and Edits in the Central Dogma. More info here.

The Thematic Workshop week organised by the AIV M2 students and the FdV PhD students will take place from 10-14 April 2017: 5 days, 5 themes. Find the full programme here.

Rumi Chunara (NYU) will be the speaker of the AIV Masterclass on 17 March at 11.00h, where she will talk about Living on the Edge: Performing Interdisciplinary Research

Rosalind Allen (University of Edinburgh) will grace the AIV with a Masterclass on 24 February at 11.00h, where she will talk about ‘Models for antibiotic action and the evolution of antibiotic resistance‘.

The first Masterclass of 2017 will be on 31 January 11.00h  with Eric Lauga (University of Cambridge) on Theoretical approaches for cell motion in fluids


The AIV Masterclass of 9 December is with Jacques Prost (Institut Curie) on The Physics of Tissue Growth.

The AIV Masterclass of 25 November with Christophe Clanet (LadHyX, École Polytechnique) on Sports Physics.

Philippe Marmottant from Université Grenoble-Alpes gave a Masterclass on 21 October 2016 on the physics of locomotion.

Image source: P. Marmottant

Ron Milo (Weizmann Institute) opened the first Masterclass of the academic year 2016-17 with his talk on Sugar Synthesis from CO2 in e.Coli