I am a professor at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Germany) and Senior Group Leader at the Leibniz Institute on Aging (Fritz-Lipmann Institute), where I coordinate the research focus on Microbiome and Aging.
I am an evolutionary biologist and I study why we
In my group we investigate how evolution has shaped different life history traits in nature: from short-lived killifish to humans. We apply an evolutionary and ecological perspective to the study of host-microbiome interactions in the context of health, disease and aging. Our work is at the confluence of evolutionary theory, ecology, genomics and animal physiology. We employ statistical modelling, experimental biology and field work to answer open questions and help develop interventions to improve biomedical resilience.
Scuola Normale Superiore | Pisa, IT
Ph.D. in Neuroscience | January 2003 - April 2006
M.Sc. in Biological Sciences | September 1996 - October 2001
Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) | Jena, DE
Full Professor in Functional Host-Microbiome Interactions | July 2021 - Present
Leibniz Institute on Aging, Fritz Lipmann Institute | Jena, DE
Senior Researcher | July 2021 - Present
CECAD Principal Investigator | January 2016 - Present
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing | Cologne, DE
Max Planck Research Group Leader | June 2013 - December 2021
Postdoc and Research Associate | May 2006 - May 2013
These are some classes I enjoyed teaching
Population genetics | May 2021