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Prof. Dr. Björn Schumacher
University of Cologne, Germany
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University of Cologne
CECAD Cluster of Excellence in Ageing Research
Joseph-Stelzmann-Str.26

50931 Cologne, Germany
bjoern.schumacher@uni-koeln.de
Tel: +49 221 478 84 202
www.schumacher-lab.cecad.uni-koeln.de

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In 2009, Dr. Björn Schumacher was appointed as an independent junior group leader in the CECAD Excellence Cluster for Ageing Research. He studied biology at the University of Constance, Germany, and the University of Stony Brook, NY. He received his PhD training at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany, after which he performed his post-doctoral research as an EMBO long-term and Marie Curie intra-European fellow at the Erasmus Medical Centre in ¬Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2009, Schumacher was awarded with the Innovation prize for young researchers of the State of Northrhine-Westphalia and in 2010, he received the highly prestigious ERC starting independent researcher grant. Since 2012 he is the coordinator of the CodeAge Marie Curie Initial Training Network.

Research Interests:

The Schumacher laboratory is interested in the fundamental mechanisms through which genome instability leads to ageing. His group established that longevity assurance pathways respond to chronic DNA damage to antagonize the detrimental consequences of DNA damage accumulation with aging. The Schumacher group employs genetics, biochemical and systems biology approaches using the genetically traceable model system C. elegans and mammalian disease models