Who are the AIV students?

When we say that our students are coming from all around the world and from various backgrounds, these are not just empty words…

Here is a sample of testimonials of few AIV students!

“Our students have great ideas, big ideas, and they’re very focused in getting it out there” Albin, US

“Here you have complete freedom, you can choose the area you want to study from biology to physics” Yasya, Ukraine

“You can explore different career paths and different research fields and refine your research interests” Teja, India

“When bringing an expert in each field and putting them together, everyone becomes a beginner and teacher at the same time” Rose, Canada

“It is really great to open your horizon and to meet a lot of new friends” Jérémie-Luc, France

“It’s the first time that I have the feeling that I am part of a scientific community” Hanifa, France

“There is always room for open discussion not just amongst our peers but also with our teachers.” Bilen, Ethiopia

“There are so many different cultures, different people, free-spirited people merged here” Mislav, Croatia

“You can choose whatever your path is supposed to be” Charles – Belgium and Judith – Germany

The CRI provided me with a stimulating environment, and more original discussions than in classical academical tracks. Putting emphasis on internships during the M2 allowed me to explore three distant fields… and I did my PhD in yet another one! I would highly recommend the AIV Master, especially to anyone wishing to keep wide views on biological research!

Thomas Chartier – AIV M2 student 2012-2013


The CRI is an exceptional institution which provides a stimulating atmosphere for open discussion and creative thinking. The academic program is organized in such a way to be entertaining yet challenging. The CRI encourages self-expression and raising questions. I enjoyed having great visionaries as teachers and brilliant classmates that constantly introduced me to new research areas and whose enthusiasm kept reminding me what I love about science and research. It also made me realize the current important facets of the research world and what it means to be a researcher. Most importantly, here I got to realize the skill sets that I was missing and I had the push to adopt and learn the art of self-education. The skill that I developed at CRI and cherish the most is being independent. Before this program, my main platform for learning something was the classroom; but now I have become confident in my ability to teach myself something new and in finding the right resources to do so. I am grateful for the transformations I experienced here.

Bilen Regassa – AIV M2 student 2016-2017



The AIV master is in my opinion masterpiece. Not only it creates strong and durable bonds among its students, it also provides an incredible amount of opportunities through its environment. The quality of the teachers, the classes, the masterclasses, and the workshops, is overwhelming. I am also stunned by the level of human and scientific development that it results in for every students. The extraordinary diversity of knowledge and skills that the students develop is amazing.

These two last years were the best of my life and I will only keep superb memories of it.

I learned so much through the classes, the internships, and from my peers, all of that while being delighted to work and to come for the classes every time, I now realize with a bit of melancholy that it is over. However, I know that I will keep benefiting from the experience I had and the people I met during this time.

I owe my PhD position to two alumni who persuaded me to apply to the Francis Crick Institute when I still didn’t know the place existed, as well as the iGEM team and the master for making me the person I am today thanks to all this opportunities.

Clovis Basier – AIV student 2015-2017