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!mireya UK Worm Meeting 2019


Lab outing August 2019

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.

Simon Moore lab
Joseph Boisierras, a summer intern is extracting natural products that potientally slow down ageing 

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.

University of KentFebruary 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.


Mireya MMM 2019

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.


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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:Screenshot_2018-11-16 Healthy aging Gut bacteria may prevent disease 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.