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Daniel Koch has been selected to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Daniel Koch, postdoc in our research group Cellular Computations and Learning, will be attending this year's Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. For the 72nd time, Nobel Laureates meet with outstanding young scientists to discuss scientific topics at this prestigious international forum. This year, the focus is on physiology and medicine. Over 40 Nobel Laureates and 635 young scientists will meet for six days at the end of June. With workshops, lectures and personal discussions, the Nobel Laureate Meeting offers a unique platform to foster dialogue between generations and cultures since 1951.

Daniel Koch is delighted to have passed the selection process and to be participating in the distinguished meeting. "The Lindau Meeting program is indeed diverse and exciting. I am looking forward to the exchange with the Nobel laureates and the other scientists. As I am particularly interested in the temporal component of biological processes, I am very much looking forward to the talks by Michael M. Rosbash and Michael W. Young on biological clocks and to the talk by Edvard Moser on neuronal computation of space and time. As chair of our Max Planck Sustainability Group at the MPINB and due to my medical background, I am of course also looking forward to the panel discussion on climate change and its impact on our health," says Daniel Koch.

After graduating in medicine and philosophy at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Daniel Koch completed a Ph.D. at King's College London on the biochemical regulation of cardiac muscle proteins in the context of cardiomyopathies and cardiac arrhythmias in 2017-2021. In February 2022, he received a fellowship from the renowned European Molecular Biology Organization EMBO and joined the research group Cellular Computations and Learning at MPINB. The interdisciplinary group, led by PD Dr. Aneta Koseska, studies how single cells perform computations to respond to signals from their environment and function in a constantly changing environment. Recently, the group described for the first time the "molecular working memory" of individual cells: Cells that migrate through the body are able both to develop a robust memory for the direction of migration and to react to short-term input changes in their environment at the same time. Daniel Koch is particularly interested in how our cells use complex biochemical networks to process signals from their environment and in the role of temporal components in this process. As the latter is still a completely open question, he and his colleagues are working on new theoretical concepts and models to solve this problem.

We congratulate Daniel and wish him an exciting time at the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting!

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