Aging and Regeneration in long-lived animals

We aim to address the most cutting-edge questions in aging and regeneration in two long-lived organisms, the planarians, Schmidtea mediterranea, and the leopard geckos, Eublepharis macularius. We approach these questions using expertise from the fields of genetics, genomics, molecular, cellular and developmental biology.


Planarians are champions of whole body regeneration. They are considered immortal by researchers.

Do they age in their long lifespan? How do they live forever?

Leopard Gecko

Leopard geckos are capable of regeneration in many tissues in the adult, including skin and tails. Leopard geckos can live up to 28 years.

Can an old gecko regenerate their skin just like a young gecko?