Class 2010

Filippo Beleggia (Italy)
Current position: PostDoc, lab Christian Reinhardt, CECAD, Cologne, Germany
PhD Thesis and Group: "Innovative strategies for gene identification and functional analysis of progeria syndromes" (Dr. Bernd Wollnik)
Contact: filippo.beleggia[at]

Hakam Gharbi (Tunisia)
Current position: Medical Advisor Immunology & Dermatology, Novartis, Paris, France
PhD Thesis and Group: "Characterization of genes involved in the development of age-related kidney disease and renal cancer and their role in the regulation of lifespan in C. elegans" (Prof. Thomas Benzing)
Awards/Fellowships: Travel Grant Myrovlytis Trust for the 5th BHD, 2nd HLRCC Symposium, 06/2013
Travel Grant German society of Nephrology for the 4th DGfN meeting, 10/2012

Moritz Horn (Germany)
Current position: PostDoc, lab Martin Denzel, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany
PhD Thesis and Group: "Coordination of Developmental Timing and Maturation by the F-box Protein DRE-1/FBXO11" (Prof. Adam Antebi)
Contact: moritz.horn[at]

Tim König (Germany)
Current position: PostDoc, McGill University, Department of Neuromuscular Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Dr. Heidi McBride, Montreal, Canada
PhD Thesis and Group: "m-AAA proteases protect against neurodegeneration by regulating mitochondrial protein biogenesis and Ca2+ homeostasis" (Prof. Thomas Langer)
Contact: tim.konig[at]

Priyanka Maiti (India)
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate, lab Antonio Barrientos, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
PhD Thesis and Group: "The role of caseinolytic mitochondrial matrix peptidase proteolytic subunit (CLPP) in regulation of mitochondrial ribosome biogenesis in mammals" (Prof. Aleksandra Trifunovic)
Awards/Fellowships: MEET- Mitochondrial European Educational Training Fellowship for course in Mitochondrial Medicine, 12/2014

Hui-Ling Ou (Taiwan)
Current position: PostDoc, lab Björn Schumacher, CECAD, Cologne
PhD Thesis and Group: "DNA damage response in Caenorhabditis elegans Germlines" (Prof. Björn Schumacher)
Awards/Fellowships: Young Investigator Talk Award, German Association for Aging Research (DGfA), 2016
Young Investigator Travel Grant Award, The 36th Internatinal Congress of Physiological Sciences, Kyoto, Japan, 2009
2nd Prize Graduate Student Thesis Contest, Insitute for physiology, University of Yang-Ming, Taipei, Taiwan, 2009

Salil Sukumaran (India)
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate in Neuroscience, Weil Cornell Medical College Qatar, Cornell University, Neuroscience, Doha, Qatar
PhD Thesis and Group: "Characterisation of CDK5RAP2 as a novel regulator in the Hippo signaling pathway" (Prof. Angelika Noegel)
Contact: salilkalarikkal[at]