- California State University, Bakersfield
- nbournia@csu sb.edu
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I am by education and training a developmental geneticist. I have been very much interested in identifying how early development is governed by the interplay of genes and the environment. My organism of choice has always been Drosophila melanogaster.
Currently I am employing a Drosophila model of Alzheimer’s Disease to investigate the interactions between aging and Alzheimer’s and how dietary interventions might ameliorate the disease phenotype.
Studies are also underway to identify the role that mating plays in delaying the aging process in Drosophila melanogaster.
Another current area of research is identifying and establishing ovarian and malpighian tubule derived stem cells so that they can be utilized to identify trophic factors and cell cell interactions that drive determination and differentiation.
1978 – Ph.D., University of Essex, UK (Developmental Genetics)