My main research focus is the identification and characterization of genetic susceptibility loci for human longevity. I am a trained biologist and have conducted several systematic high-throughput genetic/genomic studies that led to the validation of FOXO3A as a new human longevity gene. My current projects include whole genome, exome and transcriptome sequencing of centenarians to identify new susceptibility loci and pathways that contribute to lifespan variation.
Since 2012, I have been involved in the Master degree program on ‘Medical Life Sciences’, conducting lectures and practical courses (basics of molecular biology, ageing and project management). Furthermore, I contribute to the lecture for an “Wahlfach für Mediziner: Zivilisationskrankheiten im Zeitalter der genetischen Medizin” (elective subject for medical students: "Lifestyle diseases in the age of genetic medicine") at the Medical Faculty of the CAU.