Eric Hillpot

Graduate Student, The Seluanov Lab

You work in a laboratory.  What are you currently researching?

I use several biochemical and biophysical techniques to understand structurally and enzymatically how Sirtuin6 extends lifespan in mammals. 

What was it that originally sparked your interest in biology?

Growing up at my parent’s house in the woods, I would always wander to the lake and admire the wildlife. I found it fascinating how biology could be so small yet so complex. I chose an education in the biological sciences so that I could learn more about how biology functions.

What’s the most important thing that you’ve learned working here and/or studying biology?

To be comfortable and confident with yourself. In doing so, you will be comfortable to be creative with your research, which can spark discovery. You will be fearless when exploring unknown research topics and have the confidence to keep moving forward despite facing difficult experiments. This will also positively affect other aspects of your life. 

How do you think our biology department stands out in comparison to other universities?

It is fantastic to have a joined biology/chemistry research building, and a medical-practicing and research center across the street. A great strength of the department is the diversity of research and ease of access to equipment across departments.

How do you unwind when you’re not in the lab?

In the summer I like to be active outside. I like to go on runs, kayak, bike, swim, and hike. In winter, I like to ski and watch Syracuse University basketball. I often take trips to the Adirondacks and have made some incredible memories with friends from the lab.