Please welcome our newest graduate students, Rahagir and Qiuming!

Qiuming Wu is currently a graduate student in the Robbins lab. Qiuming's research interests lie in the fields of aging, cellular reprogramming, and rejuvenation. Specifically, his work is focused on identifying biomarkers involved in partial reprogramming and investigating their mechanisms in rejuvenation. He also has a strong interest in exploring epigenetic changes and miRNA that regulate cellular senescence and natural aging. In addition to sharing his perspectives on aging with friends, Qiuming enjoys engaging in various sports activities as well as listening to music and playing video games.

Rahagir Salekeen (he/him) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics – and working as a graduate research assistant at the Niedernhofer lab. He previously completed his B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Khulna University, Bangladesh where he focused on lipid oxidation pathways in coronary inflammation and atherosclerosis. His current research interests revolve around identifying novel molecular events driving DNA damage response and senescence in aging-associated decline of organ function and metabolism. Outside of the lab, Rahagir enjoys open-world video games, speaking with family back home, and long naps over the weekends.