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Special Seminar - Scott Pletcher PhD

Scott Pletcher PhD

“Hijacking the senses: Modulation of healthy aging in Drosophila through perceptual systems” video

Mon 2/24/2014
2:00 - 3:00 PM

The Edge of Chaos, Atrium
Lister Hill Library (LHL), 4th floor

1700 University Boulevard, Birmingham AL 35294

Scott Pletcher PhD: Since graduate school, Dr. Pletcher has been working to identify and investigate genetic mechanisms that are likely to be important for aging and age-related disease in humans by focusing on equivalent, conserved processes in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. As a graduate student in Dr. Jim Curtsinger's laboratory at University of Minnesota, Dr. Pletcher studied how new mutations shape age-specific mortality rates. During his post-doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Demography (working with Dr. Jim Vaupel) and at University College London (working with Prof. Linda Partridge), Dr. Pletcher characterized the transcriptome of slow-aging flies and studied the mechanisms and dynamics of acute dietary restriction. Dr. Pletcher established his first independent laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in 2003 and moved to the University of Michigan in 2009. A unifying focus of his independent research has been the mechanisms through which nutrient availability impacts lifespan and reproductive output. Currently his lab is focused on biological pathways involved in sensory perception, energy balance, and attractiveness.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP by Fri 2/21/2014 to Richard Sarver,

Sponsored by UAB’s School of Public Health and the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center