• Dr Andrew Newman, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Brain City Berlin Ambassador Dr Andrew Newman is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Cell and Neurobiology at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Brain City Berlin is where he does research and is also his chosen home.

"Berlin is a superior research location for multiple reasons. In addition to innumerable research institutions that continuously collaborate, Berlin as a city fosters scientific discovery because of its identity. Because Berlin was reborn several times in the past half a century, the culture in science here is open and is free from the stale hierarchy seen in other cities that stifles innovation," says Andrew Newman. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Cell and Neurobiology at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, he uses exactly this scientific freedom for his medical research: "A main focus of my research is trying to understand how gradual changes to DNA and chromatin modifications cause ageing in neurons. I also study how exogenous infections from viruses can negatively impact the stability of the genome." To answer the many related questions, Andrew Newman relies on a mix of wet-lab techniques and advanced computational analysis using various sequencing methodologies.

So much is happening, inside research and outside. It's so green and transport is fantastic. Berlin is both small and large. That's what I love about the city.

Like many other talents, the young neurobiologist would be glad to stay in Berlin permanently. "Because Berlin attracts people from all over the world, it is growing rapidly in investment and innovation, as differing perspectives drives the ideation process." For Andrew Newman, Berlin is "one of the best places to live" due to its metropolitan character.

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