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Eric Karsenti

Éric Karsenti

Research director, CNRS and Scientific director, TARA OCEANS

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background:

In 1979, Eric Karsenti obtained his doctorate with a thesis in immunology and cell biology from the University of Paris 7 for his work at the Pasteur Institute. Then, he did a post-doctoral internship at the University of San Francisco, California, between 1981 and 1984, before establishing his own work group at the EMBL (The European Molecular Biology Laboratory) in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1985.

He strongly contributed to the understanding of the molecular clock’s nature, which determines the cell cycle’s period and the mitosis’ induction. During the past 15 years, he created and directed the department of cell biology of the EMBL, recruiting group managers from various disciplines ranging from cell biology and genetic to the imagery in HD video microscopy in 3 dimensions and statistical physics. They had in common the interest in understanding the principles governing the cell’s dynamic organization and their morphogenesis.

ACHIEVEMENT / What is the project, initiative, startup, company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum about?

To introduce interdisciplinarity in basic biology and the self-organization concepts in cell and development biology and in marine ecology.

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Paris.

IMPACT / What is the economic, social, political or environmental positive impact of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company?

To raise awareness among the public and the politicians of the importance of ocean life and global ecology for our planet, as well as the dangers of capitalism without social and ecological feedback, which is heading us straight for disaster.

QUOTE / A saying, quote or maxim that tells something about you:

“Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul”