Dr. Nicole Templeman joined the Biology Department at the University of Victoria in 2020, as an Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Cell Biology. She became fascinated in aging biology through her PhD research at the University of British Columbia, where she studied how insulin levels affect metabolic health and lifespan in mice. Dr. Templeman expanded her exploration of the signaling pathways that govern age-related changes during her postdoctoral research fellowship at Princeton University. There, she focused on mechanisms that regulate reproductive decline with age, using the nematode C. elegans as a model. Her research interests were shaped by earlier experiences at Mount Allison University (studying stress responses in rainbow trout for an BSc Honours research project) and McMaster University (conducting an MSc in a comparative exercise physiology).
Faria Athar's research interests lie in understanding how nutrition regulates aging and age-associated diseases. Previously she studied at University College London, where she worked in the David Gems lab on dietary restriction and lifespan-extending mechanisms in C. elegans. Outside of the lab, Faria enjoys listening to podcasts, experimenting with food, and watching documentaries.
Alexa Fugina is a recent graduate of UVic’s combined Biology and Psychology program. Alexa is passionate about endocrinology and her research interests lie in women's fertility and aging. Outside of the lab Alexa loves to go to spin class and explore different lakes and hiking trails on Vancouver Island.