DR. ARIC ROGERS is Assistant Professor of Regenerative Biology at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. His work focuses on understanding how life-extending interventions work across different species and applying what is learned to extend human health and longevity. The lab is currently focused on interventions involving dietary restriction and modulation of protein translation and the underlying mechanisms that lead to increased lifespan and healthspan.
Aric was born near Seattle, Washington. In 2005, he received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and carried out postdoctoral studies at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging under the guidance of Dr. Pankaj Kapahi. His studies on posttranscriptional gene regulation led to the discovery that eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4G differentially regulates mRNA translation in a manner consistent with its effects on growth and lifespan determination. He is the recipient of a K99/R00 Transition-to-Independence Award from the NIA/NIH.
Current lab members
Dr. Jarod Rollins works as a post-doctoral research scientist in the Rogers Lab at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. Jarod is interested in the molecular mechanisms that occur post-translationally to regulate lifespan in C. elegans. To better understand these mechanisms, he has been characterizing the transcripts that are differentially regulated under dietary restriction using next generation sequencing and a host of bioinformatics tools.
A Maine native, Jarod has returned to his home state after receiving a Ph.D in Genetics while studying at the Max Planck Institute of Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany. During his career in science, Jarod been fortunate to study the genetics of sea slugs, mice, apple, human cell lines, barley and now C. elegans.
Santina Snow is a research assistant in the lab. She received her Bachelor’s in Biological Chemistry in 2014 from Bates College. While an undergraduate, she received two INBRE research fellowships; one at MDI Biological Laboratories and one at Bates College researching post-transcriptional gene regulation in the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Santina also spent a semester studying molecular genetics abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since entering the lab, Santina has developed a keen interest in understanding how environmental and genetic manipulations may be used to delay the onset of age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.
Dr. Markus Schosserer is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at BOKU – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. He is a recipient of the James L. Boyer Fellowship, which supports his visiting scientist status and collaboration with our lab. In Vienna, he works in the lab of Johannes Grillari with good track record on cellular senescence-related proteins and miRNAs. His main research interest is the biology of aging, especially in the context of ribosomes and protein translation, using Caenorhabditits elegans, mammalian cells and yeast as model organisms. Furthermore, he is an expert in super resolution-, Raman- and confocal microscopy and member of the scientific advisory board of the BOKU VIBT imaging facility. Markus has teaching activities that include lectures and practical courses on cell biology, advanced microscopy, flow cytometry and the biology of aging, which are all very well accepted and evaluated by students. The next goal in his career is to obtain a position as independent PI in the field of ageing research.
Sarah Dobbins is a returning student intern interested in the genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease and aging. She will soon graduate from Falmouth High School in Maine. Sarah will attend Stanford University in the fall of 2016, where she plans to study bioengineering. She enjoyed working at the Rogers Lab as a summer student. Her project involved examining the health of several strains of short-lived mutant worms over time to determine if mutations in genes analogous to human genes can condense gerospan and lengthen healthspan.
Amruta Valiyaveetil is an intern at the lab who received the INBRE academic year student fellowship. She is an international student from Mumbai, India pursuing a degree in Human ecology at the College of the Atlantic with focus in biomedical sciences and premed. She spent a year and a half in Thailand working with marine conservation techniques and this sparked her interest in scientific research. She has recently developed an interest in better understanding age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s and how mechanisms underlying enhanced lifespan and somatic maintenance could be used to prevent or treat age-related neurodegeneration.
Past lab members
Dr. Amber Howard received her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia in 2011 and was a postdoc in the lab from March 2013 to August 2015. Her graduate research investigated the impact of diabetes and oxidative stress on cell membrane repair kinetics. In our lab, Amber investigated the impact of modulating mRNA translation through eIF4G on stress responses. She also investigated the effect of modulating eIF4G expression in specific tissues. She left the lab to take an assistant professor position at UMA.
Matthew Newsom was a research assistant and member of the lab from March 2013 to August 2014. He received his bachelors degree in Biology and M.S. in Biological Engineering from the University of Maine. His Master’s-related research consisted of fluid flow modeling of the porous membranes in “Point of Care” medical devices. As a research assistant with the Rogers Lab, Matthew hoped to enhance his knowledge of microbiology and aging research.
Dmitriy Skoog graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington and joined the Rogers lab as a Research Assistant from October of 2013 until July of 2015. He left the lab to pursue a PhD in the GSBSE program at UMO. He made the choice to pursue a career in development of longevity-extending technology because he realized that, for the first time in human history, such advances may be possible thanks to modern science. He is also fascinated by the complexity of biological systems and how aging seems to involve multiple interactions in diverse cells and tissues within an organism. With so many levels of biological processes at play, there are many avenues to pursue in the endeavor to solve aging.