We are interested in understanding the fundamental biology of the interactions between genetic factors and environmental factors in the process of animal aging. Questions asked in the lab include how do animals perceive and respond to environmental cues throughout their lives? what are the functions of membrane ion channels and receptors in aging? how do aging-related transcription factors integrate distinct sensory inputs? etc. To address these questions, we mainly use the genetic model organism C. elegans because of its short generation period and lifespan as well as powerful genetic tools. The previous undergraduate students in my lab have graduated and enrolled in medical school. We expect to accept ~2 new students.
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