Mountain View, CA / Berlin, Germany
We are happy to announce Dr. Joachim Lingner as a speaker for the 2019 Undoing Aging Conference.
Dr. Lingner is full professor for life sciences at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He obtained his PhD at the Biocenter of the University of Basel with Dr. Walter Keller. As a postdoc, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Cech at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Lingner obtained the Friedrich Miescher Prize (2002), is elected EMBO member (2005) and ERC advanced investigator awardee (2008).
Dr. Lingner’s work is aimed at obtaining mechanistic insights into the structure and function of human telomeres in health, cancer development and in aging. In his talk, Dr. Lingner will present new findings on the significant consequences that are caused by the oxidative damage of telomeres and cellular protection mechanisms that counteract this damage in order to enhance cellular lifespan.
"Joachim has been a world leader in telomere research for over 20 years, and was responsible for some of the key early breakthroughs in understanding the role of this extremely unusual enzyme in compensating for the shortcomings (excuse the pun!) of other DNA polymerases. As we will hear at UA2019, he continues to provide groundbreaking new insights that contribute greatly to our progress in ensuring that telomeres and telomerase do what is good for us and not what is bad." says Aubrey de Grey.