Dr Aphrodite Vasilaki is a Senior lecturer and previously an independently-funded Research into Ageing Fellow. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology from Liverpool John Moores University in 1999 and completed her PhD in the Department of Medicine and School of Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool in 2003. She has extensive experience of studying skeletal muscle ageing in experimental models. She has developed expertise in the quantification and assessment of axon-neuromuscular junction (NMJ) structure in ageing muscle. She has examined the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) during ageing for over 15 years predominantly in muscle and neuronal cells.
More recently, she has focused her work on studying the effect of maternal/neonatal protein restriction on the development of the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems and the life long impact that protein restriction in early life may have on these systems. She has now established her own research group in this area.
In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Catherine Pasquier Award by the European Society for Free Radical Research, awarded annually to an outstanding young investigator. Aphrodite is currently the Treasurer of the Society for Free Radical Research-Europe. She is also the Deputy Institute Director of Postgraduate Research.