Arjumand Ghazi, PhD, is fascinated by the biology of aging. She believes that identifying and understanding genes that influence aging may reveal the fastest and least expensive means to tackle the functional disabilities and diseases associated with old age. Her lab unearths the secrets of longevity using Caenorhabditis elegans, a transparent worm with a three-week lifespan and genes that are remarkably similar to those of humans. Dr. Ghazi’s research is especially focused on the C. elegans counterparts of human genes that link the animal’s reproductive state to its length of life (lifespan) and quality of aging (healthspan).
Dr. Ghazi received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology, chemistry, and zoology from St. Ann’s College, Osmania University, in Hyderabad, India, and her master’s in biotechnology from Hyderabad Central University. She earned her developmental biology and genetics PhD at the National Centre for Biological Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore.