As we age, our cells and tissues gradually deteriorate, leading to major systemic changes. Two examples are greater susceptibility to disease and reduced fertility in women. But how fast this deterioration happens can vary—and communication within and between cells plays an integral role.
Dr. Nicole Templeman, Canada Research Chair in Cell Biology, is investigating how our cells’ signalling systems regulate cell maintenance, longevity and female reproductive decline. She and her research team hope to uncover new regulators of age-related deterioration by characterizing molecular changes in key tissues. Ultimately, this could lead to new therapies and personalized health plans to help individuals achieve healthier aging.