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.
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.