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Linda Partridge

Linda Partridge

Dame Linda Partridge DBE FMedSci FRS


Elected: 1996


Linda Partridge studies the processes and genetics of ageing, the mechanisms that can extend lifespan in model organisms and also age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Her work has applications in the development of new treatments for these diseases, as well as in maintaining good health as we age.

Her early work examined both feeding and habitat selection behaviours in birds. Linda also studied the evolution of physiological traits in fruit flies, demonstrating that, while larger males are more successful as mates, this selection acts to reduce rates of larval development and survival.

Linda has been afforded many honours in recognition of her work, including — in 2009 — both the Royal Society’s Croonian Lecture and the Darwin–Wallace Medal of the Linnean Society of London. Linda has been elected to many prestigious scientific organisations, including the Academy of Medical Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, Linda was named a DBE for her services to science.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Biochemistry and molecular cell biology
    • Biochemistry and molecular biology, Cell biology (incl molecular cell biology)
  • Microbiology, immunology and developmental biology
    • Developmental biology, Genetics (excluding population genetics)
  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Development and control of behaviour, Endocrinology and reproduction (non-clinical)
  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
    • Organismal biology (including invertebrate and vertebrate zoology), Ethology, Evolution, Ecology (incl behavioural ecology), Population genetics, Biological modelling, Biological statistics


  • Croonian Medal and Lecture

    On 'The new biology of ageing'.

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