The Center

Lars-Oliver Klotz

Prof. Dr. Lars-Oliver Klotz

Director ZAJ

Leiter Lehrstuhl für Nutrigenomik
Institut für Ernährungswissenschaften
Fakultät für Biowissenschaften
+49 (0) 3641 949750


Manja_MarzProf. Dr. Manja Marz

Deputy Director ZAJ

Bioinformatik für Hochdurchsatzverfahren
Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik
+49 (0) 3641 946480


Christoph EnglertProf. Dr. Christoph Englert

Deputy Director ZAJ

Molekulare Genetik des Alterns
Fakultät für Biowissenschaften /
Leibniz-Institut für Alternsforschung – Fritz-Lipmann-Institut e.V.
+49 (0) 3641 65 6042


Andreas_Hochhaus Prof. Dr. Andreas Hochhaus

ZAJ Board of Directors 

Universitätsklinikum Jena
Klinik für Innnere Medizin II
Abteilung Hämatologie und Internistische Onkologie
+49 (0) 3641 9324200


Klaus_RothermundProf. Dr. Klaus Rothermund

ZAJ Board of Directors

Allgemeine Psychologie II
Institut für Psychologie
Fakultät für Sozial- und Verhaltenswissenschaften
+49 (0) 3641 945121


Lenhard_RudolphProf. Dr. K. Lenhard Rudolph

ZAJ Board of Directors

Leibniz-Institut für Alternsforschung – Fritz-Lipmann-Institut e.V.
+49 (0) 3641 65 6818


Stefan SchusterProf. Stefan Schuster

ZAJ Board of Directors

Fakultät für Biowissenschaften
+49 (0) 3641 946580


Otto_WitteProf. Dr. Otto Witte

ZAJ Board of Directors

Universitätsklinikum Jena
Medizinischer Vorstand
+49 (0) 3641 9391201


Gabriele_WilzProf. Dr. Gabirele Wilz

ZAJ Board of Directors

Fakultät für Sozial- und Verhaltenswissenschaften
Institut für Psychologie
+49 (0) 3641 945170


Sebastian_BöckerProf. Dr. Sebastian Böcker

ZAJ Board of Directors

Institut für Informatik
Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik
+49 (0) 3641 946450




Bevölkerungsentwicklung global

Data source: United Nations 2012; Graphic: Gendered Innovations - Stanford University, European Commission, National Science Foundation


The ongoing demographic change represents one of the biggest challenges of our time. The positive trend of a continually increasing life expectancy has one downside: more people tend to suffer from age-associated dysfunctions and disease. Moreover, the population’s rising median age confronts social services with the challenge of ensuring long-term financial sustainability, families with the challenge of caring for relatives and the job market with the challenge of providing qualified employment provisions. A solution for these societal problems can be found in the improvement of older people’s health as well as in the requirements for self-determined lifestyle in old age.


The whole spectrum of sciences in Jena and in the region will meet this multifaceted challenge and approach the subject on several levels.  To this end, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena founded the interdisziplinary Aging Center Jena (ARC) according to § 37 of the Thuringian University Law (ThürHG) as well as § 27 of the constitution of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. The center brings representatives from different disciplines together and offers a platform for the realization of joint interdisciplinary research projects on a local and supra-regional level.



The goal of the Aging Research Center Jena (ARC) is the advancement of interdisciplinary research and training in the area of aging research with points of contact between life sciences (medicine, pharmacy, biology) social and behavioral sciences, the humanities as well as mathematics and computer sciences.


The aims in particular are:


  • 1) Integrating existing research and expanding the existing network of researchers
  • 2) Increasing international visibility
  • 3) Establishing a high-performance scientific infrastructure
  • 4) Facilitating joint grant and project applications
  • 5) Increasing the number of joint publications


These goals will be achieved through:


  • 1) Close scientific cooperation
  • 2) Cooperation with independent research organisations
  • 3) Joint applications for coordinated and alliance research projects
  • 4) Joint request, acquisition and usage of high-performance instrumentation
  • 5) Joint training and mentoring of the next generation of scientists, e.g. within the framework of a
  •     structured graduate program