Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 28 May 2003
Florian Muller was 12 when he first imagined that genetic engineering might someday extend life span. A dozen years later, he's still pursuing that vision: As a first-year grad student, he is investigating whether interventions that reduce oxidative damage could stretch longevity or ameliorate age-related diseases
Abstract: German-born grad student Florian Muller, 24, acquired the conviction while he was young that science can unravel the mysteries of the aging process. The precocious Muller channeled his energy into science in his teenage years, when he pondered the genetics of longevity and played with a home chemistry kit. In college at Washington State University in Pullman, he took graduate-level biology courses, did research in various labs, and published his first paper, about the free radical theory of aging, in his fifth year. Now in his first year of Ph.D. work at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, he is busy at the bench and bursting with ideas for studying the role of oxidative damage in the aging process and in age-related diseases.
Citation: I. Chen, Great Expectations. Sci. SAGE KE 2003, nf11 (28 May 2003)
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