João Pedro Magalhães

Microbiologist planning to live forever (so far so good!), professor @LivUni decoding the genome 🧬, futurist, speaker, keen (but not-so-talented) footballer.

Prof de Magalhaes graduated in Microbiology in 1999 from the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia in his hometown of Porto, Portugal, and then obtained his PhD in 2004 from the University of Namur in Belgium, where he worked in the Ageing and Stress Group led by Dr Olivier Toussaint.

Following a postdoc with genomics pioneer Prof George Church at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, in 2008 Prof de Magalhaes was recruited to the University of Liverpool in the UK to develop his own group on genomic approaches to ageing. Now a professor, Prof de Magalhaes leads the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group (http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~aging/) which focuses on understanding the genetic, cellular, and molecular mechanisms of ageing. The group’s research integrates different strategies, but its focal point is developing and applying experimental and computational methods that help bridge the gap between genotype and phenotype, a major challenge of the post-genome era, and help decipher the human genome and how it regulates complex processes like aging. Notably, his group is a world-leader in employing genomics and bioinformatics to study aging with pioneering work in studying gene networks of aging and in sequencing and analyzing genomes from long-lived species. Prof de Magalhaes has authored over 100 publications and given over 100 invited talks, including three TEDx talks. His research has also been widely featured in the popular press (BBC, CNN, the Washington Post, the Financial Times and many others). In the long-term, Prof de Magalhaes would like his work to contribute to the development of interventions that preserve health and combat disease by manipulating the aging process.