Principal Investigator

Alaattin Kaya is an Assistant Professor  at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Biology. Alaattin is a geneticist and biochemist, interested in many aspects of biology of aging from the evolutionary and molecular genetics and biochemical perspectives. Genes and environmental factors that strongly interact to modulate observed aging patterns among different organisms has been one of his major interests. He hopes to advance understanding of the biology of aging and the fundamental relationship between genetic variation, metabolism and longevity phenotypes.

Lab Members

Isaiah King: Junior, Biology Major

Isaiah is a undergrad research student. When he is not in lab, he is out training for road marathons


Morrigan McKernan: Freshman, Biology Major

Morrigan is an undergraduate at VCU majoring in Biology and studying to go into medicine. When not in the lab, they can be found training in martial arts, playing tabletop games, or with their dog, Bodhi.


Logan Miller: Junior, Biology & Chemistry Major with a concentration in Biochemistry, Anthropology Minor


Logan is an undergrad research student. She aspires to complete a PhD in the field of genetics once she finishes her undergraduate studies. Some of her past research experience includes working in an ecology lab at VCU. When not in the lab, Logan can be found tending to a variety of different plants as horticulture is her hobby.  


Evan Soukup: Junior, Biology Major

Evan is a undergrad research student. He plan on pursuing a career in Genetics Research. When he is not in the lab, he enjoy spending time with friends and family along with working part time at a local Veterinary Hospital! He has a passion for research, because his goal is to create a better world for us to live in as a whole!