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Lectureship for Alexandre Benedetto

Until recently an EU-funded postdoc in David Gems's lab, Alex Benedetto will shortly set up his own laboratory at the University of Lancaster, in the Department of Biomedical and Life Sciences. There he will continue his investigations of the biology of ageing in model organisms, particularly C. elegans. We wish Alex all the best in setting up his new lab! More...

Published: Jul 20, 2016 2:10:01 PM

Congratulations to Yila de la Guardia

New report on the origins of age-related disease in C. elegans More...

Published: Jul 20, 2016 2:04:41 PM

Congratulations to Dr Jorge Ivan Castillo Quan on his Cell Reports paper

Congratulations to Dr Jorge Ivan Castillo Quan whose paper in Cell Reports was published today. His research, which was carried out during his PhD studies at the Institute of Healthy Ageing, demonstrates that fruit flies live 16% longer than average when given low doses of the mood stabiliser lithium. More...

Published: Apr 7, 2016 5:01:10 PM

Further Information

Professor Dame Linda Partridge DBE FRS FRSE FMedSci

Education and Academic Positions

1968 - 1971   Undergraduate Studies, University of Oxford, UK - B.A. Zoology 1st Class

1971 - 1974   D.Phil., University of Oxford

1974 - 1976   NERC post-doctoral fellow, University of York

1976 - 1992   Demonstrator, Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh

1994 - present   Weldon Professor of Biometry, University College London

1997 - 2002   NERC Research Professor, University College London

2002 - 2007   BBSRC Professorial Fellowship, University College London

2007 - present   Director, Institute of Healthy Ageing, University College London

2008 - present   Found Director, Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany


1992. Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

1996. Fellow of the Royal Society

2000. Frink medal of the Zoological Society of London 

2002. Sewall Wright Award of the American Society of Naturalists

2003. CBE, awarded for Services to Evolutionary Biology

2004. Fondation IPSEN Longevity Prize

2004. Honorary Doctor of Science, University of St Andrews

2004. Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

2004. The Lord Cohen Medal, British Society for Research on Ageing

2004. Member, European Academy of Sciences

2005. Medal of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

2005. Member of EMBO

2006. Living Legend, Help the Aged

2008. Thomassen a Thuessink Medal, University of Groningen, Netherlands

2009. Darwin-Wallace medal, The Linnean Society of London

2009. Women of Outstanding Achievement award for Science Discovery, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UKRC for Women

2009. Royal Society Croonian Prize Lecture

2009. Dame Commander of the British Empire, awarded for Services to Science

2010. Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2011. Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Oxford

2011. Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Bath

2012. Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Brighton

Current Funding

2007 - 2012. Wellcome Trust Strategic Award. Genomic and biochemical analysis of ageing and age-related disease. (joint with Prof J Thornton, Prof Withers & Prof Gems).

2009 - 2013. MRC. A detailed network of transcriptome regulation associated with life-span extension in model organisms.

2009 - 2012. Age UK. Testing the role of autophagy in improving health during ageing.

2009 - 2013. Alzheimer’s Research Trust - An investigation of the role of the ageing process in Alzheimer’s Disease (joint with Prof. S. Lovestone).

2010 - 2012. AFAR – 2010 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Ageing.

2011 - 2016. EU FP7 Advanced Grant Award – Integrated research on Developmental determinants of Aging and Longevity.

2011 - 2016. ERC - Experimental Research on Ageing.

2013 - 2018. Wellcome Trust Strategic Award. Biological determinants of ageing and late life health, and their pharmacological manipulation (joint with Prof J Thornton, Prof Withers & Prof Gems).

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