Yila de la Guardia
Dr. Yila de la Guardia is a professor of biology at FSU Panama. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Florida State University in 2008 and her doctorate in genetics from University College London in 2014. She conducts research at the Institute of for Scientific Research and High Technology Services of Panama (INDICASAT AIP). Her research interests center around the biology of aging. Specifically, how genetic and pharmacological interventions deaccelerate aging and its related pathologies. To understand these processes, she uses the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. Despite being small (~1mm), C. elegans has around 40% gene homology with humans. Its short life span and transparency allow the rapid and visual study of the aging process.
Yila is a member of the National System of Investigators (SNI) and was selected eLife Ambassador (2019-2020).
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