Division of Biology and Medicine
Center on the Biology of Aging

Past Aging Seminars

Seminars are typically an hour long presentation from visiting faculty. The entire day is dedicated to their visit and meeting other professors and students.

Past Seminars

illustration of Ponce De Leon
Ponce de Leon searching for the fountain of youth during his 1513 exploration of Florida (19th century book illustration).
Oct 19, 2023
Speaker: Rajan Jain (University of Pennsylvania)
Title: Deciphering how 3D genome organization orchestrates cellular identity

Sep 21, 2023
Speaker: Anne Bronikowski (Michigan State University)
Title: Leveraging evolution’s solutions: Wild animals provide insights & advances
in the biology of aging

Apr 13, 2023
Speaker: Vera Gorbunova (University of Rochester)
Title: Mechanisms of Longevity from Naked Mole Rats to Whales

Mar 23, 2023
Speaker: Karthikeyani Chellappa (Brown University)
Title: Metabolic Tracing to Probe Health and Disease

Mar 2, 2023
Speaker: Aric Rogers (MDI Biological Laboratory)
Title: Tissue-Specific Anabolic Circuits downstream of mTOR Control Diverse Physiological and Molecular Adaptive Responses.

Nov 11, 2022
Speaker: Fabrizio D'Adda Di Fagagna (Italian Foundation for Cancer Research
Institute of Molecular Oncology)
Title: The Contribution of the DNA Damage Response (DDR) to telomere-driven
age-related diseases

Oct 20, 2022
Speaker: Payel Sen (National Institute on Aging)
Epigenetic Mechanisms of Tissue Aging

Sep 22, 2023
Speaker: Hua Bai (Iowa State University)
Title: Mechanisms of aging: From inter-organ communication to inter-organelle

Nov 18, 2021
Speaker: Josh Dubnau (Center for Developmental Genetics at Stony Brook University)
Title: Retrotransposons and endogenous retroviruses as causal factors of neurodegenerative disease

Oct 21, 2021
Speaker: Duygu Ucar (Jax Center for Aging Research)
Title: Genomic Signatures of Immune Aging and Vaccine Responsiveness

Sept 23, 2021
Speaker: Christopher Wiley (Tufts University)
Title: Metabolism of senescent cells as a target for healthy aging

Apr 8, 2021
Speaker: Veronica Galvan (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Title: Mapping molecular pathways of brain aging to understand Alzheimer’s disease

Mar 11, 2021
Speaker: Susana Gonzalo-Hervas (St Louis University)
Title: The danger of self-DNA accumulation in the cytoplasm during aging.

Feb 11, 2021
Speaker: Joseph A. Baur (University of Pennsylvania)
Title: Manipulating NAD+ metabolism in mammalian tissues and mitochondria.

Jan 28, 2021
Speaker: Thomas Kirkwood (Newcastle University)
Title: Aging and evolution.

Nov 18, 2020
Speaker: Malene Hansen (Stanford University)
Title: Cellular recycling: role of autophagy in aging and disease.

Oct 1, 2020
Speaker: Coleen Murphy (Princeton University)
Title: Transgenerational Inheritance of a Learned Behavior.

Feb 20, 2020
Speaker: Joao Passos (Mayo Clinic)
Title: Mitochondria, telomeres and cell senescence: Implications for aging and age- related diseases.

Jan 28, 2019
Speaker: Morgan Levine (Yale University)
Title: DNA Methylation Landscapes in Aging & Disease.

Apr 18, 2019
Speaker: Shelley Berger (University of Pennsylvania)
Title: Epigenetic pathways as targets in human disease.

Mar 28, 2019
Speaker: Anne Brunet (Stanford University)
Title: Understanding and Modeling Aging.

Feb 21, 2019
Speaker: Mina Konigsberg (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa)
Title: Modulating the Redox State: An Alternative to Modify the Behavior of Senescent Cells in the Aging Brain.

Apr 19, 2018
Speaker: Heinrich Jasper (Buck Institute for Research on Aging)
Title: Inflammation and immune modulation: tackling age-related regenerative dysfunction.

Mar 22, 2018 - Cancelled due to the storm.
Speaker: Luigi Fontana (Washington University, St. Louis)

Feb 22, 2018
Speaker: Meng Wang (Baylor College of Medicine)
Title: Metabolic Drivers in Longevity Regulation.

Feb 7, 2018
Speaker: Jef Boeke (Institute for Systems Genetics NYU Langone Health)
Title: Evidence that retrotransposition of LINE elements is linked to S phase.

Nov 30, 2017
Speaker: Rafael de Cabo (National Institute on Aging)
Title: Manipulating Lifespan through Dietary Interventions: Are We There Yet?

Oct 26, 2017
Speaker: Dana Miller (University of Washington)
Title: Fasting protects against hypoxia-induced proteostasis defects in C. elegans".

Sept 21, 2017
Speaker: Darren Baker (Mayo Clinic)
Title: Linking Senescent Cells to Organismal Aging.

Apr. 20, 2017
Speaker: Weiwei Dang (Baylor College of Medicine).
Title: Epigenetic regulation of aging – New insights learned from simple model organisms.

Apr. 6, 2017
Speaker: Steve Horvath (UCLA)
Title: The epigenetic clock and recent applications.

Mar. 9, 2017
Speaker: Daniel Promislow (University of Washington)
Title: Metabolomics and the Systems Biology of Aging.

Feb. 1, 2017
Speaker: Vera Gorbunova (Universtiy of Rochester)
Title: Transposons and Aging.

Dec. 14, 2016
Speaker: Jan Vijg (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
Title: Single-cell, whole genome sequencing in studying aging.

Nov. 17, 2016
Speaker: Marcia Haigis (Harvard Medical School)
Title: Roles for Mitochondria in Health and Disease.

Oct. 20, 2016
Speaker: Vadim Gladyshev (Harvard Medical School)
Title: Genomics of Aging and Lifespan Control.

Sept. 15, 2016
Speaker: Utz Herbig (Rutgers University)
Title: Cancer, Aging and Tissue Repair: The Telomere Connection.

Apr. 21, 2016
Speaker: Lea Harrington, (University of Montreal)
Title: The impact of unstable stem cell fate elicited by short telomeres on aging and cancer.

Mar. 17, 2016
Speaker: Joseph Baur, (University of Pennsylvania)
Title: The influence of NAD metabolism on the longterm health of mammalian tissues.

Feb. 18, 2016
Speaker: Eric Greer, Ph.D. (Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School)
Title: Towards a Mechanism of Transgenerational Inheritance of Longevity.

Apr. 23, 2015
Speaker: Patrick Maxwell (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Title: The emerging story of retrotransposons and aging – more complicated than we think?

Mar. 19, 2015
Speaker: James Nelson (Barshop Institute for Aging Studies, University of Texas Health Center at San Antonio)
Title: Dietary restriction and other interventions that influence longevity: What can they tell us about aging?

Feb. 19, 2015
Speaker: James Mitchell (Harvard School of Public Health)
Title: Hydrogen sulfide metabolism in dietary restriction-mediated longevity and stress resistance.

Apr. 17, 2014
Speaker: Joshua Dubnau (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Title: The transposon storm hypothesis of neurodegeneration.

Apr. 3, 2014

Speaker: Andrzej Bartke (Southern Illinois School of Medicine)
Title: Growth hormone and aging – surprising benefits of endocrine defects.


Feb. 12, 2014

Speaker: Sandy Chang (Yale University School of Medicine)
Title: Genomic instability and premature aging in mouse models of telomere dysfunction.

Dec. 12, 2013
Speaker: William Mair (Harvard School of Public Health)
Title: Neuroendocrine regulation of aging by CRTC-1.

Nov. 14, 2013
Speaker: Walter Fontana (Harvard Medical School)
Title: The susceptibility of lifespan in C.elegans.

Oct. 17, 2013
Speaker: Sylvia Lee (Cornell University)
Title: Trimethylation of Lysine 36 of histone H3 preserves gene expression stability with aging.

Apr. 18, 2013
Speaker: Holly Brown-Borg (University of North Dakota School of Medicine)
Title: Growth hormone and methyltransferases in long living mice.

Feb. 21, 2013
Speaker: Marc Tatar (Brown University)
Title: Regulation of Drosophila aging by insulin-like peptides.

Jan. 17, 2013
Speaker: Qian Chen (Rhode Island Hospital and Brown Medical School)
Title: MicroRNA and epigenetic regulation of bone development and aging.

Nov. 15, 2012
Speaker: Marcia Haigis (Harvard Medical School)
Title: The role of metabolic reprogramming in human diseases.

Oct. 18, 2012
Speaker: Keith Blackwell (Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard Medical School)
Title: Diverse functions of SKN-1/Nrf proteins in stress defenses and aging.

Sept. 20, 2012
Speaker: Stephen Helfand (Brown University)
Title: I'm Not Dead Yet – from flies to mice.

Apr. 19, 2012
Speaker: Fabio Demontis (Harvard Medical School)
Title: The regulation of protein homeostasis during muscle aging in Drosophila.

Mar. 15, 2012
Speaker: Amy Wagers (Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard University)
Title: Reversing progenitor cell dysfunction in aging tissues.

Feb. 16, 2012
Speaker: Rochelle Buffenstein (University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio)
Title: Cancer and stress resistance in the long-lived naked mole rat: the bare essentials.

Jan. 19, 2012
Speaker: Jan Vijg (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
Title: Genome instability in aging: a single-cell approach.

Dec. 8, 2011
Speaker:David Sinclair (Harvard Medical School)
Title: Genes and small molecules to modulate the pace of aging and disease.

Nov. 17, 2011
Speaker: Marin Lotz (Scripps Research Institute)
Title: Autophagy in joint aging and osteoarthritis.

Oct. 20 2011
Speaker: Gary Ruvkun (Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical School)
Title: Xenobiotic surveillance pathways in C. elegans aging.