Julia Ablaeva

Laboratory Technician IV

My work is mostly coordination of the day-to-day laboratory activities; this includes planning, organizing, and managing all technical aspects of the laboratory; assisting with ordering and re-stocking lab supplies; supervising all laboratory personnel, and overseeing allocation of grant funding to the appropriate research projects.

We previously found that Naked mole rat cells secret an abundant high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid (HMW HA), which is much larger than human or mouse HA. It plays a critical role in mediating cancer resistance of NMR as well as in NMR longevity. I’m now working with protective properties of HMW HA, testing if NMR HA can suppress cell death induced by intrinsic or extrinsic apoptosis pathway.