Understanding ageing to grow old ... and healthy


About the research

Modern medicine and living standards have allowed us to reach an older age. But one important question still remains: are these extra years also healthy years? Lucas Mergan (KU Leuven) hopes to find clues to an older & healthier life by studying a ... worm. 

Lucas Mergan
KU Leuven

Fascinated by how an organism is able to simultaneously carry out such a variety of activities as sensing, moving, and thinking, Lucas Mergan studied biochemistry to discover the cellular and molecular processes underlying these functions. After studying learning and memory during his master thesis, he started his PhD on the biology of ageing, in which he is investigating a unique form of lifespan extension to allow for new ways of promoting healthy ageing.

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