Pedro Reis-Rodrigues, PhD is a molecular biologist working at the Scripps Institute to uncover the molecular mechanisms that cause us to age and develop age-related disease. Aging affects us all and is likely to be causal to the development of many illnesses that affect us. Although research on aging is a relatively new field in biology some insightful progress has been made that hint at the possibilities of delaying disease onset and even extending lifespan. Pedro’s research focusses on the basic cellular stresses that cause tissue dysfunction. In particular he has described that aging is accompanied by a loss in protein solubility with detrimental effects during lifespan. Using the model organism C. elegans, Pedro is currently trying to develop methods to discover new genes that are able to increase longevity.