MDI Biological Laboratory
Assistant Professor

Jarod Rollins, Ph.D.

How can we enable people to enjoy longer, healthier lives?

A recent revolution in aging research has led to the discovery that the activity of single genes can control the rate at which we age. The Rollins Lab is building on this revolution by studying how life-extending interventions like dietary restriction regulate gene expression to help protect our cells and tissues from declining with age. They use the roundworm, C. elegans, as a model organism to study human aging, as roundworms share many of their genes with us and because their short lifespans allow scientists to rapidly test for interventions that extend longevity.

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  • Ph.D., University of Cologne, Genetics, 2012
  • M.S., Dresden University of Technology, Molecular Bioengineering, 2007
  • B.S., University of Maine at Orono, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2001

Lab Members

Hannah SomersResearch Assistant II

Noah LindResearch Assistant I

Atalay AtaPh.D. Student