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Graduate student profiled on Science Web site

San Antonio (May 29, 2003) — Florian Muller, a first-year graduate student in the department of cellular and structural biology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is featured in the May 28 posting of SAGE KE, a Web site of Science magazine. SAGE KE is short for "Science of Aging: Knowledge Environment." The article, titled "Great Expectations," chronicles Muller's advent into science from the age of 12, "when he first imagined that genetic engineering might someday extend life span," the article notes.

Muller received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University with a grade point average of 3.85. As an undergraduate, Muller was very active in basic research on mitochondria function. His work resulted in several articles, including a first-authored publication in the prestigious journal Biochemistry.

The article points out that Muller considered offers from the California Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before selecting the Health Science Center because of its internationally recognized aging program. Muller is interested in studying how free radicals contribute to aging. The story is available by subscription at http://sageke.sciencemag.org. Subscribers may click on "Great Expectations."

Contact: Will Sansom