Assistant professor of developmental biology and genetics, School of Medicine
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From human twins to the products of division of a single bacterium, genetically identical organisms often develop into very different individuals and experience different life histories, even in identical environments. Such differences and other instances of so-called non-genetic individuality are the focus of Zachary Pincus’ lab.
They primarily use variability in C. elegans lifespan as a metazoan model for understanding noise control, homeostatic robustness and biological individuality. Overall, the lab hopes to understand why and how some individuals age more successfully than others.