Dr Mirre Simons

Dr Mirre Simons

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0111

Email: m.simons@sheffield.ac.uk

Room D210, Alfred Denny Building

Webpage: www.simons-lab.group.shef.ac.uk


Career

Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship, Animal and Plant Sciences, Sheffield (2015-present)

Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship (2015-present)

Postdoctoral researcher (NERC-funded), Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (2013-2015)

PhD, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (cum laude, 2013)

MSc Research, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (cum laude, 2008)

Key Research Interests

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Taking an evolutionary perspective I work on the adaptive value of differences in ageing between and within species to reveal fundamental aspects of the aging process. In this context I have worked on trade-offs concerning reproductive effort and sexual signalling. To increase reproductive effort, I used various experimental manipulations in three-spined stickleback. I also studied senescence and sexual signaling of bill coloration in zebra finches. Both during my PhD at the University of Groningen (TYhe Netherlands). Moreover I have conducted several meta-analyses concerning the biology of ageing and sexual signaling (see my publications list). For my postdoctoral work at the University of Sheffield (UK), Molecular Ecology, I have studied senescence and telomere biology in an insular island population of wild house sparrows.

For my future work I will focus on ageing mechanisms, using genetics in fruit flies and meta-analysis funded by a Sir Henry Wellcome Trust fellowship and Vice-Chancellor's fellowship from the University of Sheffield.

I focus on the following topics:

  • Demography of mortality
  • Dietary restriction
  • Costs of reproduction and the evolution of ageing
  • Biology of cancer and cellular senescence
  • Telomere length and dynamics

PhD Students

Andrew McCracken

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