MLU (Martin Luther University) is the largest university in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is a comprehensive university teaching all academic subjects with more than 20,000 students enrolled (with approx. 1,500 international students from over 110 countries). It encompasses over 190 courses of study in 18 faculties. Scientific centres for interdisciplinary studies are an important characteristic of the university. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Ageing Halle (IZAH) is one of the few interdisciplinary centres for ageing research in Germany.
 
Principal Investigator: Prof. Bernd Fischer
Co-PI: PD Dr. Anne Navarrete Santos
 
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Bernd Fischer is Full Professor and Chair of Anatomy and Reproductive Biology and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Medicine, in Halle (Saale), Germany. 
Diploma and Dr. agr. (PhD) in animal science, Bonn University Faculty of Agriculture, Human Medicine and Dr. med. (MD), RWTH Aachen University Faculty of Medicine, Germany; Approved physician. 
 
Anne Navarrete Santos is Associate Professor and Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg, Faculty of Medicine, in Halle (Saale), Germany. Diploma in biochemistry, Lomonossow University Moscow, Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Natural Sciences – Biological Science and Privatdozentin (rer. medic. habil.) Faculty of Medicine in Halle (Saale), Germany.
Their current research focuses on the physiology and pathology of early pregnancy and early embryo development in mammals, the influence of environmental chemicals on reproduction, metabolic programming in embryonic cells and differentiation and ageing in stem cells
 

Fellow, Katarzyna Grybel, ESR7
Education: University of Wrocław, Biotechnology Faculty, Poland, Master in Medical Biotechnology (2012) and Bachelor in Biotechnology (2010)