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Durham University

Department of Biosciences


Publication details for Dr David Weinkove

Weinkove, D. (2013). From aging worms to the influence of the microbiota: an interview with David Weinkove. BMC Biology 11: 94.

Author(s) from Durham


David Weinkove did his undergraduate degree at Cambridge, then a PhD at University College London with Mike Waterfield and Sally Leevers. His first postdoctoral position was with Ronald Plasterk at the Hubrecht Laboratory in the Netherlands, followed by another with Nullin Divecha at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. He then went to David Gems’ lab at University College London, where he worked on the study of aging in Caenorhabditis elegans, before moving to Durham University in 2008.

We spoke to him about the paper he published with David Gems in BMC Biology [1] when an apparently straightforward experiment on C. elegans longevity took a surprising turn that refocused Weinkove on the Escherichia coli that the worms feed on and the influence of the microbiota on health and longevity.