AFAR Experts Driving the Field
AFAR Experts Driving the Field

Whether supported by an AFAR grant award, or supporting AFAR on our Board of Directors, many of the top leaders in the biomedical research on aging are affiliated with AFAR. Their leadership has built the foundation of research in the basic biology of aging and inspires the future of clinical interventions to help us all live healthier for longer.

 

Steven N. Austad, Ph.D.
AFAR Scientific Director

Distinguished Professor and Department Chair, Department of Biology , University of Alabama at Birmingham; Principle Investigator of the Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging Coordinating Center of the NIA/NIH
 

Nir Barzilai, M.D.
AFAR Deputy Medical Officer, 1994 AFAR Awared, 1997 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging, 2010 Irving S. Wright Award

Professor, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology); Professor, Department of Genetics, Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair in Aging Research; Director, Institute for Aging Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 

Randall J. Bateman, M.D.
AFAR 2017 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging 

Charles F. and Joanne Knight Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine
 

Judith Campisi, Ph.D.
1990 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grant for Junior Faculty

Professor, The Buck Institute
 

Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D.
AFAR Immediate Past President


Professor of Medicine, Walter Kempner Professor of Medicine, in the School of Medicine; Director, Center for the Study of Aging & Human Development; Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging; Member of the Duke Cancer Institute,  
Duke University School of Medicine
 

Pinchas “Hassy” Cohen, M.D.
2017 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award

Dean, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
 

Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D.
2008 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research and 2000 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grant for Junior Faculty

Professor, Department of Developmental & Molecular Biology; Professor, Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology; Professor, Department of Medicine (Hepatology), and Robert and Rene Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 

Dena Dubal, M.D., Ph.D.
2015 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipient, 2009 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, and 1998 Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging


Assistant Professor, Neurology, School of Medicine University of California, San Francisco
 

Vera Gorbuvona, Ph.D.
2005 AFAR Research Award

Doris Johns Cherry Professor, Professor of Biology; Associate Professor of Oncology, Department of Biology, University of Rochester


 

Catherine Kaczorowski, Ph.D.
2014 New Investigator Award in Alzheimer's Disease 

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University; and Assistant Professor of Genetics, Neuroscience, Mammalian Genetics at JAX Track, Neuro, The Jackson Laboratory


 

Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D.
2007 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award

Professor, Co-Director, UW Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging of the NIA/NIH; Director, Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute, University of Washington School of Medicine; President, American Aging Association
 

Brian K. Kennedy, Ph.D.
2009 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research, 2003 AFAR Research Award, and 2008 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research

Professor, The Buck Institute; Visiting professor in Medicine and Healthy Aging, National University Singapore; Adjunct Professor, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California; Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington
 

James L. Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D.
AFAR President-Elect and 2012 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award

Professor of Physiology, Professor of Medicine; Director, Kogod Center on Aging, Mayo Clinic
 

Mark S. Lachs, M.D., M.P.H.
AFAR Board President and 1995 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging

Professor of Medicine and Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Weill Medical College; Director, Cornell's Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care and Director of Geriatrics for the New York-Presbyterian Health System.

Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D.
2002 Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Associate Professor of Physiology, Healthy Aging and Independent Living; Program director of the Kogod Center on Aging, Mayo Clinic
 

Valter D. Longo, Ph.D.
1998 AFAR Research Grant and 2013 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research

Edna Jones Professor in Gerontology and Professor in Biological Science; Director, the USC Longevity Institute, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
 

George M. Martin, M.D.
AFAR Scientific Director Emeritus

Professor of Pathology Emeritus, Founding Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center,
University of Washington Medicine
 

Laura Niedernhofer, M.D., Ph.D.
2018 AFAR Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research

Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, University of Minnesota
 

S. Jay Olshanksy, Ph.D.
AFAR Board Member

Professor, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Illinois at Chicago
 

Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D.
2014 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research

Professor, Regulatory Biology Laboratory,The Salk Institute
 

Thomas A. Rando, M.D., Ph.D.
AFAR Board member, 1999 Paul Beeson Career Development Scholar, and 2008 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award

Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences; Director, The Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging; Deputy Director, Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University

 

Ned Sharpless, M.D.
2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging

Acting Commissioner, United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
 

Felipe Sierra, Ph.D.
1993 AFAR Research Grant

Director of the Division of Aging Biology at the National Institute on Aging, NIH

David A. Sinclair, Ph.D., A.O.
AFAR Bard Member, 2000 AFAR Research Grant, and 2018 Irving S. Wright Award

Professor in the Department of Genetics and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging, Harvard Medical School
 

Reisa Sperling, M.D.
2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging

Co-Investigator, Neuroimaging Core, Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center; Director, Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
 

Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.
AFAR Board Member

Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Child Neurology and Mental Retardation, Harvard University; Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
 

 



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