Biology faculty

Tyrone Genade, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Ph.D., University of Cape Town
M.Sc., University of Stellenbosch
B.Sc., University of Stellenbosch

VPH 209


Dr. Genade does research on the neurobiology of aging. Before joining Northwestern's faculty, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town, where he conducted research in neurophysiology. Prior to earning his advanced degrees, Genade taught high school biology. He has published research on the effects of resveratrol in Experimental Gerontology.

He is currently engaged in two research projects.

The first in collaboration with Alessia Montesano of the Facoltá di Medicina Veterinaria of the University of Naples Federico II of Naples, Italy. Alessia is researching the effect of calorie restriction on the hormones involved in regulation metabolism of Nothobranchius furzeri.

The second project involves Honors students of NWC. We are researching whether or not the inbred Nothobranchius furzeri Gonezhou fish is suffering from a Parkinson's-like Disease. For a full rational of the project read this PDF file (2.5 mb). These experiments include anatomical and protein research as well as experiments that affect the lifespan of the fish.

Dr. Genade's research is support by NWC and has benefited from a small grant through


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