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cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, microbiology

WHAT WE DO

​Key Points:

  • Study human diseases that reduce the lifespan

  • Cellular Biology

  • Genomics

Detailed Description:

The FIRE Lifespan Science stream is interested in understanding the molecular processes involved in human diseases that reduce the lifespan or life expectancy. These diseases are caused by genetic mutations. Creating models of these mutations allows us to study the effects of the mutations in the lab.

WHY IT MATTERS

​Key Points:

  • Find possible treatments for patients

  • Understand normal aging

Detailed Description:

Understanding the effects of genetic mutations associated with a disease on cells and model organisms allows scientists to find possible treatments for patients. Work in the field is being done across many conditions that reduce the patient’s lifespan - for some, we only know of a couple of patients worldwide; others, such as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome and Familial Alzheimer's disease, affect more people. The study of diseases that reduce life expectancy can also help us understand the normal aging processes. 

WHAT YOU LEARN

Key Points:

  • Molecular biology

  • Microbiology

  • Genetics

  • Science communication

Detailed Description:

You do not need to have wet lab experience to join our stream. All students will learn the skills required to work in a standard molecular biology lab and some essential microbiology and genetics techniques. Students will learn to use the scientific method to propose, carry out, and troubleshoot their team projects. Students develop science communication skills throughout their time in the stream as they prepare collaborative research proposals and present their research.