Bio

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 age.
In my group we investigate how evolution shapes life history traits across species in nature. 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.

Education

Scuola Normale Superiore | Pisa, IT

Ph.D. in Neuroscience | January 2003 - April 2006

University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore | Pisa, IT

M.Sc. in Biological Sciences | September 1996 - October 2001

Academic appointments

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 cluster of excellence of the University of Cologne | Cologne, DE

CECAD Principal Investigator | January 2016 - Present

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing | Cologne, DE

Max Planck Research Group Leader | June 2013 - December 2021

Stanford University, Department of Genetics | Stanford, US

Postdoc and Research Associate | May 2006 - May 2013

Teaching

These are some classes I enjoyed teaching

Population genetics | May 2021

Dario Riccardo Valenzano


Bio

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 age.
In my group we investigate how evolution shapes life history traits across species in nature. 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.

Education

Scuola Normale Superiore | Pisa, IT

Ph.D. in Neuroscience | January 2003 - April 2006

University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore | Pisa, IT

M.Sc. in Biological Sciences | September 1996 - October 2001

Academic appointments

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 cluster of excellence of the University of Cologne | Cologne, DE

CECAD Principal Investigator | January 2016 - Present

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing | Cologne, DE

Max Planck Research Group Leader | June 2013 - December 2021

Stanford University, Department of Genetics | Stanford, US

Postdoc and Research Associate | May 2006 - May 2013

Teaching

These are some classes I enjoyed teaching

Population genetics | May 2021