Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

Olivia Casanueva

What do you work on and why is your research important?

Our aim is to understand why among different individuals  even among identical twins  there is so much variability in life expectancy. We also aim to identify the first events that trigger the ageing process, as we think that strategies that aim at promoting healthy ageing should reverse or delay these early molecular events. To gain molecular insights into these complex questions we use a simple model organism, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.

What is special about your former institute?

Creative and rigorous science, location hard to dislike

What is special and what do you like most about your current institute?

BI is an excellent place for starting group leaders as it is a research institute only, with few distractions from this.  Its Facilities are amazing and the knowledge in genomics technology and Epigenetics is among the best in Europe.

What have you gained from moving within Europe?

Good science is good science, but there are many different ways to approach scientific questions and CRG versus BI are both very strong science hubs, yet very different angles and approaches are taken.

What is the added value of EU-LIFE?

Networking and communcation.   

If only I know then what I know now,  I would advise...

I would advise against Brexit! Hopefully it does not alter the scientific community across the canal.