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Dr. Matthias Rieckher
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University of Cologne
CECAD Cluster of Excellence in Ageing Research
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Science is, on the whole, an informal activity, a life of shirtsleeves and coffee served in beakers.
George Porter, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Although science surely is not just an informal but also a serious occupation, I came to appreciate the freedom that we have in our activities. Our job gives us the great opportunity to discover the unknown, to meet lots of people with similar interests and visit many places all around the globe to share our ideas. At the same time, we spend endless days and nights working and wondering why every time we answer one question, ten new questions appear. I am fascinated by the thought that science is just like an endless puzzle, which is getting more complex as we are trying to solve it. My major research interest is the Biology of Ageing. We learned a lot about environmental and genetic factors that influence organismal ageing; still, we are only beginning to understand the complexity of the questions on why we are getting older and what exactly are the mechanisms that determine our lifetime. The CodeAge network offers a great opportunity for collaboration to contribute another piece to the puzzle on how DNA damage affects organismal health- and lifespan. Indeed, this will require lots of beakers filled with coffee.