What is ageing and why do we age? What are the underlying mechanisms that protect molecules, cells, tissues and help resist decline? Can such mechanisms be tapped to combat ageing-related diseases and improve health into old age? If such questions spark your curiosity, then come join the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research to do your PhD.

An Interdisciplinary Approach
One Graduate Programme

Understanding how and why we age are fundamental biological questions with great medical and societal impact. To address these questions, we need to train a new generation of biomedical scientists to unravel the basic molecular mechanisms underlying ageing and age-related diseases. read more 

Principle investigators of the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research are internationally recognized scientists known for their cutting edge research into diverse topics including genetic determinants of longevity, protein quality control, DNA damage and repair, mitochondria regulation, immunosenescence and inflammation, stem cell and tissue maintenance, organellar and cellular architecture, endocrine control of metabolism, as well as their research into age-related diseases such as neurodegeneration, cancer, diabetes, obesity, kidney dysfunction, and others. read more

The Cologne/Bonn area has emerged as a leading global research centre with a stellar constellation of institutes and scientists dedicated to ageing research. These include the University of Cologne Excellence Cluster on Stress Responses in Ageing-Associated Diseases (CECAD), the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, and the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar), which together comprise the partner institutes of the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research. Their close proximity maximizes opportunities for interaction and collaboration. read more  

The online application for our Ph.D. positions starting from June until October 2017 is now available!

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Journal Club “Method and Logic in Biology”

17 November 2016 - 19 January 2017

5th Graduate Symposium 2016

10 November 2016

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Introduction Module class 2016

6 November - 4 December 2016

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Welcome Days for international students

4 - 5 October 2016

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