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Biochemistry major, Margaret (“Maggie”) Hoare ’24, receives Beckman Scholarship for research

September 19, 2023

Two University of Rochester students have been named recipients of the Beckman Scholars Program, an ...

Welte and Kilwein crack the code of nutrient segregation

August 31, 2023

It is well known in developmental biology that a mother’s egg provides abundant nutrients that ...

Gorbunova and Seluanov explain how longevity gene from naked mole rats extends lifespan of mice

August 23, 2023

In a groundbreaking endeavor, researchers at the University of Rochester have successfully transferr ...

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Naked mole rat against a black background. The successful transfer of a naked mole rat's gene that produces HMW-HA to a mouse extends the mouse's lifespan.

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Longevity gene from naked mole rats extends lifespan of mice

The successful gene transfer paves the way for improving the health and lifespan of humans, too.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

The Department of Biology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe it is our responsibility to redress inequities present in our department and to foster a community in which every member feels welcome, safe, and appreciated.

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Minhao Chen, Graduate Student

Headshot of chenI am working in Dr. Michael Welte’s lab, and my project is to study the mechanisms of lipid droplet formation and regulation in fruit fly’s ovaries under stress...


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