BSc (Hons I) (Sydney), PhD (UNSW)
Less than a hundred years ago, we considered ourselves lucky to achieve sixty years of age, and supporting the old age pension for over 65 year olds was not an issue. Now, with Australia and much of the developed world facing an increasingly older population against a shrinking population of working age, declining health during old age is a "make or break" issue for healthcare systems and society at large.
The Laboratory for Ageing Research is currently pursuing a number of ongoing projects in the search for understanding fundamental mechanisms and interventions that could maintain healthy ageing. These have immediate applications in other conditions, including slowing the decline in fertility with age, preventing the long-term adverse effects of chemotherapy treatment, and understanding why older people are so much more susceptible to coronavirus infection.
The following projects and more are available for study at both the honours and PhD level...
Our lab uses molecular biology, animal physiology, metabolomics and bioinformatics to address our questions. We have maintained consistent NHMRC funding since 2015 and are always interested in passionate new lab members.
"Media formulations to enhance embryo formation in assisted reproduction": NHMRC Development Grant (2021-2023)
“Translating new advances in oncofertility”: NHMRC Project Grant APP1139763, (2018-2021).
“Preserving ovarian function during chemotherapy and old age”: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (RD Wright Biomedical Fellowship) APP1127821 (2017-2020)
“Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) raising agents for improving oocyte quality”: NHMRC Development Grant APP1122484 (2017-2019)
“Female reproductive health preservation by nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) and Sirtuin2 (SIRT2)”: NHMRC Project Grant APP1103689 (2016-2018)
“New drugs to prevent premature ageing and side effects of chemotherapy”: NHMRC Development Grant APP1093643 (2015-2017)
“Calorie restriction mimetics for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma”: Early Career Fellowship, Cancer Institute NSW (2014-2016).
Wu, LE (2017). The search to extend lifespan is gaining ground, but can we truly reverse the biology of ageing? Selected for The Conversation Yearbook, "50 Standout Articles from Australia's Top Thinkers"
Wu LE, Mikolaizak AS (2017). I've always wondered - does anyone my age have a chance of living for centuries?
Collins C, Wu LE (2016). Research check - can eating aged cheese help you age well?