September 2020: The book ‘Explaining Health Across the Sciences’ is published. Read our chapter ‘What is a Healthy Microbiome?’: Karamalegos, Vazquez-Prada, Ezcurra -Healthy Microbiome
September 2020: We are looking for a full-time technician starting in October 2020. Read more here.
September 2020: Dr Marina Ezcurra is featured in the September edition of Microbiologist Magazine, read here.
July 2020: Dr Marina Ezcurra comments on how sleep is affected by ageing. Read article in Patient here.
June 2020: Read Dr Marina Ezcurra’s article in The Conversation about the risk of COVID-19 for people over the age of 70. Read here.
June 2020: PhD student Mireya Vazquez-Prada gives a presentation at the European Worm Meeting – an excellent virtual event with lots of great talks!
June 2020: PhD student Mireya Vazquez-Prada talks about her research at the Ageing Science in Isolation seminar series – connecting with the global ageing research community from the comfort of her flat in Canterbury!
February 2020: We receive funding from Kent Innovation and Enterprise for research on microbiome based solutions to healthy ageing and build collaborations with industrial partners.
December 2019: Together with Dr Campbell Gourlay at Kent we are selected to receive the first Jane Irons PhD Studentship to support a joint project:’The worm-bug: a new model to study how gut microbes affect the brain’. We are looking forward to this exciting project and welcoming a new PhD student in the autumn!
November 2019: Marina Ezcurra gave evidence to the Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living Inquiry at the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. Read Marina Ezcurra’s report on Healthy Ageing and the Microbiome. Read comments by the Society for Applied Microbiology here.
October 2019: Fully-funded PhD opportunity. Developing countries such as Thailand are experiencing rapidly ageing populations; by 2050 one in four Asians will be over 60 years old. These dramatic changes are threatening multiple aspects of socioeconomic development and population health. Interventions that promote healthy ageing are therefore vital. We have been awarded a PhD studentship by the Global Challenges Doctoral Centre for an exciting project to investigate the biological effects of traditional Thai medicine and to work towards scientifically proven interventions promoting healthy ageing in developing countries. This project is co-supervised by Dr Jenny Tullet at Kent and provides with world-class doctoral training in a vibrant research environment and interdisciplinary collaborations with our partners at University of Kent and BIOTEC Institute in Thailand. Apply here. Contact Marina Ezcurra for informal inquiries. Note: The studentship does not cover fees or visas for overseas students.
October 2019: PhD opportunities at Biosciences at University of Kent! University of Kent has recently been awarded funding from BBSRC-UKRI for a Doctoral Training Program together with University of Sussex and University of Southampton. Read about our Bioscience doctoral training centre here – projects will be advertised soon: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/biosciences/2019/10/25/phd-funding-success-for-biosciences/
September 2019: UK Worm Meeting 2019. Mireya Vazquez-Prada, PhD student in the lab, presenting her work at the UK C. elegans Meeting at Imperial College in London. Organised and hosted by the Barkoulas lab – thank you for a fantastic meeting!
August 2019: Lab fun in the Kent countryside! The two worm labs at Kent enjoy a day out hiking to the Wye Crown followed by BBQ. We also said goodbye to Hannah Chapman, our summer intern and wish her best of luck in her future adventures!
July 2019: New publication in Plos Genetics. A collaborative project between us and the Alic lab at UCL looking at the role of ETS transcription factors in ageing in both flies and worms has been published in Plos Genetics. Read publication here.
July 2019: Exciting experiments going on! In collaboration with Simon Moore at University of Kent, Joseph Boisierras, an intern in the lab, is extracting and identifying microbial compounds that slow down ageing in C. elegans. We are really looking forward to learning about the identity of these compounds and how they interfere with ageing.
June 2019: Masters positions available at University of Kent. Still considering your options for next year? Join the University of Kent for an exciting research experience. We still have projects available at the friendly and welcoming School of Biosciences, in wonderful Canterbury. Read more here.
May 2019: Antonis Karamalegos joins the lab as research assistant. Welcome Antonis!
March 2019: Join the Ezcurra lab! We have a Wellcome Trust funded research assistant postion opening. This will be an opportunity to be part of an exciting new project aimed at establishing human experimental microbiomes in C. elegans, in close collaboration with Dr David Moyes at King’s College London. Click here for the job advert.
February 2019: We are moving to Kent! We are soon joining School of Biosciences at University of Kent in the picturesque city of Canterbury. This is a great opportunity to be part of a vibrant research community and to interact more with other groups working on the biology of ageing, such as the Tullet lab.
January 2019: Mireya attends MIND, MOOD & MICROBES – the 2nd International Conference on Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Amsterdam. The conference focused on studies showing that the gut microbiome modulates brain development and function across the lifespan, and work exploring the microbiota-gut-brain axis as a potential target for influencing mood and behaviour, such as anxiety and depression, as well as preventing or treating brain-related diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and autism. See conference website here.
November 2018: Opportunity to join our lab! We have a Wellcome Trust funded technician position available, to take part in an exciting project aiming at establishing a human experimental microbiome in C. elegans. If you are interested get in touch!
October 2018: Our research is featured in an article by Ana Sandoiu in Medical News Today. Read here.
October 2018: Mireya Vazquez-Prada joins the lab to do a PhD on microbiome effects on the gut-brain axis during ageing. Welcome Mireya!
September 2018: Georgie Hillier joins the lab for her Masters research project. Welcome Georgie!
September 2018: Our recent Current Biology study is recommended by F1000 – twice! See recommendations here.
August 2018: Human ageing not caused by wear and tear but by unhelpful genes, study suggests. Article by Science Editor Sarah Knapton in The Telegraph about our recent Current Biology study. Read the article here.
August 2018: Worms may age because they cannibalize their own intestines. Coverage of our work by Mitch Leslie in Science Magazine. Read here.
August 2018: Scientists unlock the key to ageing. Tom Bowden at iNews writes about our new study. Read here.
August 2018: Why do we get old? There are many theories trying to explain why we age. Our new study, published today in Current Biology, suggests that ageing is caused by ‘antagonistic pleiotropy’. Antagonistic pleiotropy means that genes that are beneficial in early life, promoting reproduction and survival, start having deleterious effects in later in life, causing diseases and ageing. So ageing is not caused by tear-and-wear like an old car, but instead actively by our own genes. See the paper here.
July 2018: Our study showing that ageing is mainly the result of concerted action by our own genes and not, as long believed, by random wear and tear and loss of function is accepted by Current Biology. See more here.
February 2018: We attend the Healthy Ageing: From Molecules to Organisms conference at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, give a flash presentation and present a poster, and listen to some great talks. Learn more about some of the talks here.
February 2018: Isabel Morgan from Surrey University joins the lab to work on a project studying microbial effects on behaviour and neurodegenerative disease models. Welcome Isabel!
January 2018: Our review on using C. elegans combined with bacterial model systems to study gut-microbiome interactions is published in Biogerontology. Read the paper here.