Abraham Mains

Abraham is from that little island in the South Pacific known as Middle Earth. While completing an honours degree at Victoria University of Wellington he became fascinated with the field of aging when confronted by the question; why can a house dog, who shares the same lifestyle and much of their biology with humans, live for only 10-15 years and yet a human can live to 127 (Ms Becerra from Mexico, 1887-present)? In order to explore this question, Abraham travelled 18,389 km to Babraham where he is using the nematode worm, C. elegans, to tease out the molecular basis of lifespan variability with a particular focus on nutrient sensing and stress response pathways. In his 4 minutes of allocated spare time a day he enjoys science fiction films and books, throwing cursed rings into volcanoes, and coffee.