Experts Guide

Faculty members at the Buck Institute have been internationally recognized for their work and for their vision about the future of aging. Their research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals including Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Neuron, and Cell among others.

The following faculty are available for media on the following topics:

Julie Andersen, PhD:  Parkinson’s disease
Risk factors: genetic and environmental; therapeutics

Christopher Benz, MD: Breast cancer
Breast cancer and aging, genetic and lifestyle risks

Judith Campisi, PhD: Cancer and aging
The genetic, environmental and evolutionary forces involved in the aging process, the connection between aging and cancer, senescence, inflammation

Heinrich Jasper, PhD: Enhancing stem cell function to promote longevity
Adult stem cells and aging 

Pankaj Kapahi, PhD: Nutrition and aging
Dietary restriction and lifespan extension, nutrition and energy metabolism in aging, target of rapamycin (TOR) pathway

Brian Kennedy, PhD: Moving age research into mammals
Theories of aging and disease, healthy aging, modulating molecular pathways to treat diseases of aging, the future of age research, genetic mutations and dilated cardiomyopathy, muscular dystrophy, Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome

Gordon Lithgow, PhD: Stress and aging
Mechanisms and theories of aging, Geroscience, protein homeostasis, small molecules, genetics, lifespan extension

Simon Melov, PhD: Genetics of aging
Aging and exercise, antioxidants and aging

Eric Verdin, MD: Epigenetics and aging
The role of sirtuins in modifiying the aging process, the effects of ketogenic diets on aging and age-related disease, including Alzheimer's 

Xianmin Zeng, PhD: Stem cell treatments for neurodegenerative disease, Stem cells as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, stem cell technology, human embryonic stem cells, human pluripotent stem cells

If you would like additional information about the research of individual faculty members, the Institute, or its educational programs, please contact Kris Rebillot, Director of Communications,, 415-209-2080.

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