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Dr Matthew Piper
Room 328
Institute of Healthy Ageing
Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment
Tel: 0207 679 2219
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Food quantity and nutrient quality affect the behaviour, health and lifespan of all organisms. We use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to investigate the molecular mechanisms that mediate these effects, with the goal of understanding these processes in humans.
Research Summary
Dietary restriction (DR or calorie restriction) is an evolutionarily conserved intervention that extends healthy lifespan. I am interested in the nutrients and molecular mechanisms required to elicit this effect - in particular the role of protein. Knowledge of these interactions will aid our understanding of the role of nutrient balance in adult health, appetite and longevity.
Teaching Summary
3rd Year Biology of Ageing
01-JUL-2011 – 30-SEP-2016 University Research Fellow Genetics, Evolution and Environment UCL, United Kingdom
09-DEC-2002 – 30-JUN-2011 Potdoctoral Research Fellow Genetics, Evolution and Environment University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2000 – 30-NOV-2002 Postdoctoral Research Scientist Kluyver Institute of Biotechnology Technical University of Delft, Netherlands
Academic Background
2000 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Molecular Genetics University of New South Wales
1996 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University of New South Wales
1995 BSc Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University of Adelaide
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