Project: “A molecular odometer for aging”
Primary Mentor: Stuart Kim, PhD, Professor of Developmental Biology and of Genetics and, by courtesy, of Chemical and Systems Biology
Secondary Mentor: Art Owen, Professor of Statistics
Adolfo Sanchez-Blanco obtained a BS and MS in Biology and Ecology, respectively, from the University of Salamanca in Spain. He completed his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Connecticut Health Center in 2005. His major area of interest is in the molecular genetics of aging. He is striving to understand the molecular reasons for chronologically and genetically identical animals in a population to age at different rates. To address this question he has developed a molecular odometer for aging in the C.elegans model system. Using this, he has been able to predict the remaining life span of same age individuals in a population while they are still young.