Welcome to Sybacol –
Systems Biology of Ageing Cologne

The Sybacol initiative merges the work of life scientists involved in ageing research with that of theoretical physicists, mathematicians and bioinformaticians at the Faculties of the Natural Sciences and Medicine of the University of Cologne and at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing.

In a highly collaborative systems biology approach we are aiming for a better understanding of the ageing process and the pathophysiology of ageing-associated diseases as a  prelude to the development of novel interventions and new therapies. To this end Sybacol combines traditional biological and genetic experimental studies with theoretical science.

End of funding period reached

With the end of 2017 we reached the end of the funding period of the successful Sybacol initiative.
We still expect some Sybacol-funded manuscripts being published.

Latest publication

Follow this link to the latest Sybacol publication by the groups of Andreas Beyer and Linda Partridge

Tissue-specific modulation of gene expression in response to lowered insulin signalling in Drosophila.


“The model organism C.elegans has led the way to a new understanding of the aging process and the pathways controlling longevity.”

Prof. Adam Antebi
Coordinator of Sybacol

“In sybacol we aim to understand ageing and ageing assocciated diseases at the level of molecular systems biology combining the power of theoretical physics, mathematics, informatics and molecular biology and genetics.”

Prof. Thomas Benzing
Coordinator of Sybacol

“The integration of experimentally acquired and computationally derived data will lead to new insights into the aging process.”

Prof. Andreas Beyer
Coordinator of Sybacol