Curiosity Meets Discovery Lecture Series
African killifishes shed light on evolution and modulation of lifespan
While biology is a wide-ranging study of life, Dr. Dario Riccardo Valenzano is particularly focused on the one aspect of life that affects us all: aging. Using African killifishes as a model, Dr. Valenzano is seeking to answer how our DNA relates to aging, and more importantly what are the factors that can control how we age?
Dario Riccardo Valenzano leads a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and at the CECAD in Cologne, Germany. He studied neuroscience at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Italy, and did a postdoc at Stanford University in the USA. His research focuses on understanding how species in nature evolved to have varying lifespans and investigates the role of commensal gut microbes during the aging process. His main model system is the naturally short-lived turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri), which he studies in his lab in Cologne and in its natural habitat in the African savannah.