Ingela Alger is research director at CNRS and member of IAST, where she was Director of the Biology program between 2012 and 2018. Her research, which has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as the American Economic Review and Econometrica, focuses on the long run formation of human preferences (motivation), when these are transmitted from generation to generation, and are subject to selection. She is particularly interested in preferences that might explain moral and altruistic behaviors, as well as behaviors within the family. She also organizes seminars and conferences at the intersection between economics and biology. She has been awarded numerous grants, notably ANR Chaire d’Excellence 2012-2017, and ERC Advanced Grant 2019-2023.