Please note that this is a provisional list. The selection of modules will not be made until the start of the course. Advice will be given by the Subject Tutors on selection taking into account the interest of the student, relevance to the Research Project and the previous academic experience of the student. Some modules may be appropriate for more than one subject stream.

Biology of Ageing and Age-Related Disease - Taught module

Biology of Ageing

Subject Stream Tutor

Dr. Daniel Pearce, tel +44 20 7679 4393 ( x34393 internal)

Research Interests

Please note that you only choose your Research Project at the start of the course following advice from the subject tutor. The information given here is just to give you a "flavour" of the options and for you to think about the topic that particularly interests you.


With age, an organism progressively loses control over its ability to maintain homeostasis, leading to a wide range of chronic problems that together underlie the vast majority of human diseases in the Western world. The Institute of Healthy Ageing (IHA Website) is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence for research on the biology of ageing and ageing-related diseases.

MRes projects are available within the labs of Prof Dame Linda Partridge (Biology of ageing in Drosophila melanogaster), Dr David Gems (Biology of ageing in C. elegans), Dr Daniel Pearce (Ageing of somatic stem cells), Dr Nazif Alic (Transcriptional Regulation of Ageing) and Dr Lazaros Foukas (Signalling mechanisms in mammalian ageing) amongst others.

Example project titles include:

"Genetics of ageing in the nematode C. elegans: Targets of the DAF-16/FOXO

transcription factor that control longevity", hosted by David Gems.

“Determination of Age-related Genes”, hosted by Eugene Schuster

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