Dr de Magalhaes graduated in Microbiology in 1999 from the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia in his hometown of Porto, Portugal, and then obtained his PhD in 2004 from the University of Namur in Belgium. Following a postdoc with genomics pioneer Prof George Church at Harvard Medical School, in 2008 Dr de Magalhaes was recruited to the University of Liverpool. He is now a senior lecturer and leads the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group. The group’s research focuses on understanding the genetic, cellular, and molecular mechanisms of ageing. Dr de Magalhaes has given over 100 invited talks, including a TEDx talk, and his research has been widely featured in the popular press (BBC, CNN, the Washington Post, the Financial Times and many others).