Shaun Calvert

Institute of Integrative Biology Biosciences Building University of Liverpool Crown Street Liverpool L69 7ZB


Joao Pedro De Magalhaes

I studied Biology as an undergraduate at the University of York and passed with a distinction. From here I began to specialise in Gerontology and received my Masters from the University of Liverpool.

I study ageing because it is a factor that affects everyone around us, including our friends and family. They all grow old and suffer increased risk of death and age associated morbidities. Furthermore I don’t want to die, which I feel is a very reasonable desire.

As aging is a major risk factor in almost all diseases I hope to one day contribute to the delay, halting and possible reversing this process. I would consider such an accomplishment to be the greatest scientific achievement to date.

Project title: DNA damage in the long lived cancer resistant model the naked mole rat

My project aims to uncover ways to delay ageing by studying how the long-lived naked mole rat manages to live so long without developing cancer.

The naked mole rat has evolved to live longer, possibly due to their communal nature which results in older individuals that don’t breed but still contributing to the survival of the species by caring for the young.

Through the use of cell culture techniques I hope to identify the mechanisms involved in their long life.

Where did I get my PIPs

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When deciding on your internship, what did you want to experience and what did you hope to gain from that experience? 

Exposure to industry.

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