Research team:

Ciprian Jeler (Principal Investigator) has received his PhD in Philosophy at the “Charles de Gaulle” University of Lille 3 (France) and the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi (Romania) in 2009. He is a researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Research (Humanities and Social Sciences) of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi. Recent publications: “Is there such a thing as ‘group selection’ in the contextual analysis framework?” (History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 2015, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp. 484-502); “Do we need a new account of group selection? A reply to McLoone” (Biological Theory, 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s13752-015-0233-z).


Mihail-Valentin Cernea (Post-doctoral Researcher) has received his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Bucharest in 2015, the topic of his research being the objectivity of scientific research on nozickian terms. His research interests include philosophy of science, philosophy of language, logic and political philosophy. Recent publications: “Kripke’s Account of Fictional Characters”, Revista Română de Filosofie Analitică, Vol. VI, 2, Iulie‑Decembrie 2012, pp. 92-104); “A Comparative Analysis between Rudolf Carnap’s and Thomas Kuhn’s View about the Ontology of Science”, Revista de filosofie, LXII, 1, pp. 72–83, Bucureşti, 2015).


Virgil Iordache (PhD student) has received a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1994 and one in Philosophy in 2004, both at the University of Bucharest, and a first PhD in Ecology in 2003 at the same university. The topic of his research relevant for the project is the ontological and epistemic status of the selection units in biological and socio-economic theories. Relevant publications: “The reconstruction of productive entities in the “Origin of Species“, 2010 (in Darwin and the evolutionary thinking, eds. M. Flonta et al.) and “A data porting tool for coupling models with different discretization needs” (Environmental Modelling & Software), 2014.


Paula-Alexandra Postu is a PhD student at the Faculty of Biology, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iaşi. Her PhD topic is focused on neurodegenerative disorders, especially Alzheimer Disease. Her research interests include neurobiology, biochemistry, genetics and immunohistochemistry. Recent co-authored publications: Cognitive‑enhancing and antioxidant activities of the aqueous extract from Markhamia tomentosa (Benth.) K. Schum. stem bark in a rat model of scopolamine (Behavioral and Brain Functions, 2017, DOI: 10.1186/s12993-017-0123-6); Anxiolytic and antidepressant profile of the methanolic extract of Piper nigrum fruits in beta-amyloid (1–42) rat model of Alzheimer’s disease (Behavioral and Brain Functions, 2015, DOI: 10.1186/s12993-015-0059-7).