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Helmholtz Zentrum München,
German Research Center for Environmental Health, Munich, Germany
Martin Hrabé de Angelis graduated in biology at the Phillips-University in Marburg about the influence of growth factors in early embryo development in 1994. During his time as PostDoc, he researched in signal transduction and somatogenesis at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, USA. Professor Hrabé de Angelis is director of the Institute of Experimental Genetics at the Helmholtz Zentrum München since 2000 and since 2003 holds the chair of Institute of Experimental Genetics at the Technical University of Munich. He is the Director of the European Mouse-Mutant Archive (EMMA) and founded the 'German Mouse Clinic' in 2001 for the systematic analysis of mouse models for human diseases. Professor Hrabĕ de Angelis has published over 400 research articles cited more than 12.000 times and is author of several textbooks. Since 2009, Professor Hrabé de Angelis is a member of the German Center for Diabetes Research society
Cologne Zoo, Cologne, Germany
Since February 2007, Theo Pagel has been the director and meanwhile chairman and speaker of the working group Zoological Garden Cologne. At the same time, he began to engage in teaching at the University of Cologne. From 2013-2016 he was president of the Association of Zoological Gardens (VdZ) society, which represents zoos from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Professor Pagel is an expert for the Federal Office for Nature Conservation (BfN) or the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). In addition, he has a lectureship at the University of Cologne. He was appointed honorary professor in 2016 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Professor Pagel is a member of the strategic committee of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) of the World Nature Conservation Unit (IUCN), a member of the Advisory Committee on Animal Protection of the Land of North Rhine – Westphalia and the Council of the European of the World-zoo-association (WAZA).
Theo Pagel is the author of numerous specialized articles and book author. He became well known through hes participation in the zoo documentation “Tierisch Kölsch” (ZDF, 2006 – 2010), as animal expert in the studio for "The Amazing Quiz of Animals" with Frank Elstner (ARD, 2009 - 2011), as a specialist for the eight-part docu Safari-Paparazzi: Wildlife pure "(n-tv, 2014) or as an expert on the program" Theos Tierwelt "(arte / WDR, 2016).
In 2011, a gecko species was named after him,Cyrtodactylus pageli’ , in recognition for his commitment in the protection of species in Vietnam.
CECAD Research Centre, Institute of Genome Stability in Ageing and Disease, Cologne, Germany
Björn Schumacher studied Biology at the Universities of Constance and Stony Brook. He pursued his PhD studies at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich where he graduated in 2004. After several years of research as an EMBO and Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, he became an independent junior group leader at the CECAD Cluster of Excellence at the University of Cologne. Since 2013, Professor Schumacher has been directing the Institute of Genome Stability and Aging (IGSAD) at the CECAD Excellence Cluster for Aging Research. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Managing Director of the CECAD Research Centre.
Professor Schumacher received the Innovation Award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, a starting grant from the European Research Council and coordinated the FP7 Marie Curie PhD network on chronic DNA damage during aging (CodeAge). He is President of the German Society for Aging Research (DGfA), Vice President of the German Society for DNA Repair Research (DGDR) and is represented in various editorial committees.
His research interest is to elucidate the causes of aging by investigating the molecular causes of DNA damage. Prof. Schumacher: "Only if we understand the aging process we will be able to effectively prevent old-age diseases and to enable a healthy aging."
Gene Center and Department of Veterinary Sciences, LMU Munich, Germany
Eckhard Wolf studied Veterinary Medicine at LMU Munich (1982-1987), where he received his doctoral degree in 1990. After postdoctoral projects at LMU Munich and at the University of Veterinary Sciences Vienna, he finished his Habilitation for Animal Breeding and Genetics in 1994. Since 1995, Wolf is Chair for Molecular Animal Breeding and Biotechnology at the Gene Center and the Department of Veterinary Sciences, LMU Munich. Since 2008, he is Vice-Dean for Research at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Wolf is Speaker of the DFG-funded Transregional Collaborative Research Center 127 “Biology of Xenogeneic Cell, Tissue, and Organ Transplantation – from Bench to Bedside” and Action Chair of the EU COST Action BM1308 “Sharing Advances on Large Animal Models – SALAAM“. He is Member of the German National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina and Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.