Joao Pedro de Magalhaes


United Kingdom
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Scientist studying aging and age-related diseases, consultant, speaker, futurist, microbiologist

Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães is one of the arguably few people who found their purpose in life at a very young age. When he was still in elementary school, dr. de Magalhães realised that he, like everyone else in the world, suffered from an incurable, progressive disease – aging. Consequently, he decided to become a biogerontologist, and dedicate his life to finding ways to conquer ageing, and put an end to the suffering and deaths that come with it. João started his journey from the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia in Porto, his hometown, where he graduated in Microbiology. He then was part of the UnIGENe research group at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in Porto, and completed his doctorate at the University of Namur, Belgium, where he joined the Aging and Stress Group. He has worked with luminary and genomics pioneer George Church at Harvard Medical school, Boston, USA, where he did his postdoctoral studies. Today, he is a Reader (a title equivalent to Associate Professor) at the University of Liverpool, England, where he studies ageing and longevity at the genetic level, and he is also an affiliate Principal Investigator in the Neuroendocrinology and Aging Group at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. João believes that gene sequencing of extraordinarily long-lived animals (such as the naked mole rat or the bowhead whale) as well as of human supercentenarians may provide important insights on the genes that control the aging process. This knowledge is potentially leading to drugs to mimic the effect of these genes in people to protect them from age-related diseases. To this end, he leads the research endeavours of the Integrative Genomics of Aging laboratory of the University of Liverpool. Research papers by dr. de Magalhães have been published in several prestigious academic journals, such as Nature and Cell. Both he and his research have been featured in scientific outlets like Science and Scientific American, as well as on BBC, CNN, and the Washington Post to name just a few. He was also a speaker at TEDxGhent, and has been featured in the short video “What is Aging?” by PhD comics. As part of his efforts against ageing, dr. de Magalhães runs the website, where he advocates for the defeat of aging, answers to common objections, and provides comprehensive information on the biology of ageing, genomics, and ways everyone can help to fight ageing, including advice on how to become a biogerontologist. One of João’s greatest projects is the Human Ageing Genomic Resources database, or HAGR, intended as a tool to help other researchers who study the genetics of human aging.

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