Catalina Romila is currently a 2nd year PhD student at the Institute of Healthy Ageing, UCL within the department of Genetics, Environment and Evolution.
Her research focuses on understanding cellular ageing in fission yeast, by assessing the chronological lifespan as a proxy for fitness, as well as evaluating transcriptional changes that occur during the entry and maintenance of quiescence. As most life extension pathways are conserved throughout species, her interest is to translate the knowledge from fission yeast to further investigate the genetic factors underlying ageing in mammalian systems. In 2015 she graduated with a 1st class Honours Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Queen Mary University of London. She joined the UCL Innovation Forum in November 2017 as management associate.