Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

Bhupinder Virk

I studied at University College London (UCL) for a B.Sc. in Genetics. It was then that my love for C. elegans and my interest in the field of ageing began - it intrigued me that something so tiny could potentially answer such big questions about ageing and health. After getting my Master’s degree at Imperial College London, I moved “oop north”, to Durham University for my PhD. I used the C. elegans: E. coli (host/microbe) model to look at interactions between host and gut bacteria – focussing on how particular metabolites might influence health and ageing.

After my PhD, I went to Shanghai Jiao Tong University to set up a fully functioning C. elegans facility, as part of a collaboration project. Five months of continuous tropical monsoons and power-cuts later, I was happy to come back to the UK, for a position developing training material in the Bioinformatics group at the Babraham Institute.

Bioinformatics is pretty cool, but I missed the worms! I’m excited to have joined the Casanueva lab as a postdoc, to investigate the mechanisms underlying the widespread rewiring of proteostasis networks during early phases of the ageing process. When I’m not “worming”, I enjoy movies, theatre, live music and fitness classes.

Latest Publications

Two Mutually Exclusive Local Chromatin States Drive Efficient V(D)J Recombination.

Bolland DJ, Koohy H, Wood AL

Cell reports
15 2211-1247:2475-87 (2016)

PMID: 27264181

RNA-binding proteins ZFP36L1 and ZFP36L2 promote cell quiescence.

Galloway A, Saveliev A, Łukasiak S

Science (New York, N.Y.)
352 1095-9203:453-9 (2016)

PMID: 27102483

HiCUP: pipeline for mapping and processing Hi-C data.

Wingett S, Ewels P, Furlan-Magaril M

F1000Research
4 2046-1402:1310 (2015)

PMID: 26835000

Pervasive polymorphic imprinted methylation in the human placenta.

Hanna CW, Peñaherrera MS, Saadeh H

Genome research
1549-5469: (2016)

PMID: 26769960

Ageing is associated with molecular signatures of inflammation and type 2 diabetes in rat pancreatic islets.

Sandovici I, Hammerle CM, Cooper WN

Diabetologia
59 1432-0428:502-11 (2016)

PMID: 26699651