David Murray joins the lab

David Murray joins our lab as ERC-funded Research Technician on a collaborative project with Simone Immler’s group to work on ageing and reproduction in zebrafish.

David has a long-standing interest in aquatic ecosystems and, after finishing his PhD in Glasgow,  worked in Vienna and Berlin, and, most recently, at UEA in Matt Gage’s lab. He has broad interests in sustainable aquaculture, conservation biology and phenotypic plasticity.

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Elizabeth Duxbury joins the lab

Elizabeth joined our lab in July 2018 as ERC-funded postdoc. She is working on the relationship between ageing and germline mutation rate.

Previously, Elizabeth worked on sex-specific life history effects of dietary manipulation, and the evolution and genetics of virus resistance in natural populations of fruit fly species.

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Laura Travers joins our lab

Laura Travers joined our lab as 3-year ERC-funded senior postdoctoral research associate to work on transgenerational effects of parental lifespan extension.

Laura has a broad interest in ageing, sexual selection, and evolutionary genetics. In particular, she is interested in understanding how trade-offs between life history traits such as reproduction and lifespan drive evolutionary change.

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The cost of longevity: BBSRC funding came through!!

Happy to announce that our BBSRC proposal with Co-Is Tracey Chapman (UEA BIO), Simone Immler (UEA BIO) and David Thybert (EI and UEA BIO) was approved and this means more research on the trans-generational consequences of parental lifespan extension!

We will be advertising positions for a postdoc and a research assistant (technician) soon!

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“Silver-spoon” males peak early but age fast

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Photo: R. Bonduriansky. Two neriid males in a fight.

Foteini Spagopoulou has traveled to Sydney, Australia to study how differences in early-life resource acquisition affect age-specific life-histories in male neriid flies in Bonduriansky lab at UNSW. Together with Amy Hooper and Zachariah Wylde, she showed that males developing on good diet develop faster, have early peak in reproductive performance but aged faster and lived shorter than their counterparts developing on poor diet. High-condition males had larger bodies and won more fights than low-condition males.

Because natural selection optimizes fitness rather than longevity,good conditions in early life of a male may result in faster ageing and be detrimental to lifespan.

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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/evo.13172/full

Congratulations to Martin Lind who won Swedish Research Council (VR) grant for young PIs!

Martin spend four years as a postdoctoral fellow and researcher in our lab and now he has got the largest grant among those awarded for young investigators this round (4.7 M SEK in total over a period of 4 years).

In his project, Martin  will investigate the role of environmental heterogeneity for life history evolution and how growth, development and reproduction affects lifespan and ageing in the nematode worm Caenorhabditis remanei.

This funding will enable Martin to start his own lab as an independent young PI and he will soon start recruiting!

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