Saturday 10th March 2018
Professor Alison Woollard:
Who Wants to Live Forever?: the Biology of Ageing
The search for the elixir of youth has been a fantasy through the ages, but is it possible to live much longer, or desirable? Most babies born in 1900 did not live past 50, but life expectancy at birth now exceeds 83 years in parts of the world. Will this almost-doubling of human lifespan happen again in the next 100 years? Why do organisms age? and why do different creatures have such different life expectancies, from a few hours to hundreds of years? Come with me on the quest for eternal youth, as I introduce you to my favourite creature, the tiny nematode C. elegans, and reveal how this humble worm is letting us into the secrets of a long and healthy life.
Saturday 10th March 2018 at 3pm at Our Lady's Abingdon
Alison received her undergraduate degree in London (Biological Sciences, first class, 1991) and her PhD in Oxford (1995). Following a Medical Research Council fellowship In Cambridge (JRF, Clare Hall), Alison returned to Oxford in 2000 to take up her fellowship at Hertford College and a University Lecturership in the Biochemistry Department.
Alison lectures widely on the Biochemistry course and acts as first year course coordinator in Molecular Cell Biology. She teaches undergraduate tutorials in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular and Classical Genetics and Developmental Biology.
Alison’s research focuses on developmental genetics in the nematode model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. The overall aim is to understand how gene networks encode developmental programmes, and in doing this, she seeks to integrate molecular mechanisms into a whole organism level of understanding.