Subarea 3: Genetics and Epigenetics of Aging

The focus of Subarea 3 is on genetic and epigenetic determinants of life- and health span as well as aging in fish, rodents and humans. This line of research builds on the expertise of the institute in comparative and functional genomics.

The research is defined by five focus areas:

  • Comparative genomics in short- and long-lived models of aging,
  • Genomic engineering in N. furzeri,
  • Epigenetics of aging,
  • Non-coding RNAs in aging, and
  • Comparative transcriptomics of aging.

Research focus of Subarea 3.

To uncover causative factors for aging, comparative genomics in short- and long-lived model systems are applied. Functional genomics is used to identify novel pathways contribute to aging of an organism and to validate the functional relevance of genetic and epigenetic changes that occur during aging. Furthermore, genetic risk factors for aging-related diseases are identified and functionally tested. The future development of the Subarea aims to integrate changes in host-microbiota interactions during aging, and how these influence clonal mutation and epigenetic alterations through metabolites and other signals.


(since 2016)


  • RNA structure framework: automated transcriptome-wide reconstruction of RNA secondary structures from high-throughput structure probing data.
    Incarnato D, Neri F, Anselmi F, Oliviero S
    Bioinformatics 2016, 32(3), 459-61 published during change of institution
  • A homolog of Blade-On-Petiole 1 and 2 (BOP1/2) controls internode length and homeotic changes of the barley inflorescence.
    Jost M, Taketa S, Mascher M, Himmelbach A, Yuo T, Shahinnia F, Rutten T, Druka A, Schmutzer T, Steuernagel B, Beier S, Taudien S, Scholz U, Morgante M, Waugh R, Stein N
    Plant Physiol 2016, 171(2), 1113-27
  • Molecular specification of germ layers in vertebrate embryos.
    Kiecker C, Bates T, Bell E
    Cell Mol Life Sci 2016, 73(5), 923-47
  • Assembly and repeat annotation of the nothobranchius furzeri genome
    Koch P
    Dissertation 2016, Jena, Germany
  • Semantic multi-classifier systems for the analysis of gene expression profiles
    Lausser* L, Schmid* F, Platzer M, Sillanpää JM, Kestler AH
    Data Science Series A (Online-First) 2016, 1(1) * equal contribution
  • Impaired Planar Germ Cell Division in the Testis, Caused by Dissociation of RHAMM from the Spindle, Results in Hypofertility and Seminoma.
    Li H, Frappart* L, Moll* J, Winkler* A, Kroll T, Hamann J, Kufferath I, Groth M, Taudien S, Schütte M, Yaspo ML, Heuer H, Lange BMH, Platzer M, Zatloukal K, Herrlich P, Ploubidou A
    Cancer Res 2016, 76(21), 6382-95 * equal contribution
  • Dicer ablation in osteoblasts by Runx2 driven cre-loxP recombination affects bone integrity, but not glucocorticoid-induced suppression of bone formation.
    Liu P, Baumgart M, Groth M, Wittmann J, Jäck HM, Platzer M, Tuckermann* JP, Baschant* U
    Sci Rep 2016, 6, 32112 * equal contribution
  • The distribution of α-kleisin during meiosis in the holocentromeric plant Luzula elegans.
    Ma W, Schubert V, Martis MM, Hause G, Liu Z, Shen Y, Conrad U, Shi W, Scholz U, Taudien S, Cheng Z, Houben A
    Chromosome Res 2016, 24(3), 393-405
  • Coronavirus cis-Acting RNA Elements.
    Madhugiri R, Fricke M, Marz M, Ziebuhr J
    In: Advances in Virus Research (edited by John Ziebuhr) 2016, 96, 127-163, Elsevier Inc. Academic
  • The long intergenic non-coding RNA CCR492 functions as a let-7 competitive endogenous RNA to regulate c-Myc expression.
    Maldotti M, Incarnato D, Neri F, Krepelova A, Rapelli S, Anselmi F, Parlato C, Basile G, Dettori D, Calogero R, Oliviero S
    BBA-GENE REGUL MECH 2016, 1859(10), 1322-32 published during change of institution