Post-doctoral Fellows

Dervis Salih
dsalih[at]stanford.edu
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
B.S. King's College, UK
PhD. University of Cambridge, UK

Present position
Senior Research Fellow
University College London, UK

Personal Interests

Research Interest:FOXO transcription factors in age-dependent cognitive decline
Hometown:
Barking, UK
Favourite Saying:
"Bloody Hell!"
Anti-Ageing Strategy of Choice:
Curry
Dream Benchmate:
Cate Blanchett
Non-science activity:
Music
Favourite Movie:
Fight Club
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Fire Snake
Birthday: July 27th


Research Interest: FOXO transcription factors in neural stem cells
Hometown:
Chalo Saint Mars, France
Favorite Saying:
"Pardon my French..."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Wine
Dream Benchmate:
Ethan Hawke
Non-science activity:
Sports
Favorite Movie:
Schindler's List
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Fire Dragon
Birthday: July 11th

Valérie Renault
vrenault[at]stanford.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
B.S. Universit
y of Paris XI
PhD. University of
Paris VII

Present position
Research Engineer
Research Institute on Cancer and Aging, France

Personal Interests


Dario Valenzano
dario1[at]stanford.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
B.S. University of Pisa,
Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
PhD. Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Present position
Group Leader
Max Planck Institute on the Biology of Aging, Germany

The Valenzano Lab

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Quantitative evolutionary genetics of age-related traits using the exceptionally short-lived fish N. furzeri
Hometown:
Bari, Italy
Favorite Saying:
"Ciao!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Mediterranean diet
Dream Benchmate:
Winston Wolfe
Non-science activity:
Yoga
Favorite Movie:
Mary Poppins
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Fire Snake
Birthday: December 9th

Research Interest:Neural stem cells and epigenetics in aging
Hometown:
Ann Arbor, MI
Favourite Saying:
"That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger "
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Exercise
Dream Benchmate:
Rosalind Franklin
Non-science activity:
Rock climbing
Favourite Movie:
What About Bob?
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Horse
Birthday: February 13th

Ashley Webb
aewebb[at]stanford.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
B.S. McGill University, Canada
PhD. University of Washington

Present position
Assistant Professor
Brown University, USA

The Webb Lab

Personal Interests


Travis Maures
tmaures[at]stanford.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
B.S. University of Michigan
PhD. University of Michigan

Present position
Scientist
BioMarin Pharmaceutical, USA

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Epigenetic mechanisms regulating longevity in C. elegans
Hometown:
Northport, MI
Favourite Saying:
"Come on Science!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Sunscreen SPF 40
Dream Benchmate:
Bill Murray
Non-science activity:
Mountain biking
Favourite Movie:
Rushmore
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Fire Snake
Birthday: May 1st

Research Interest:Computational epigenetics, systems and network biology
Hometown:
Corum, Turkey
Favorite Saying:
"Cheers!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Yoga
Dream Benchmate:
Anthony Bourdain
Non-science activity:
Traveling
Favorite Movie:
Scenes from a marriage
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Metal Monkey
Birthday: July 27th

Duygu Ucar
ucarduygu[at]gmail.com
Post-Doctoral Research Associate

B.S. Bilkent University, Turkey
PhD. Ohio State University

Present position
Assistant Professor
JAX Genomics, USA

The Ucar Lab

Personal Interests


Elena Mancini
mancini[at]stanford.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
B.S. University of Rome, Italy
PhD. EMBL Monterotondo, Italy

Present position
Senior Scientist
Orofino Pharmaceuticals, Italy

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Longevity genes and stem cells in humans
Hometown:
Monterotondo, Rome, Italy
Favourite Saying:
"Simplify and add lightness"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Music
Dream Benchmate:
Rob Brezsny
Non-science activity:
Photography
Favourite Movie:
The Million Dollar Hotel
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Horse
Birthday: March 6th


Research Interest:Role of fat metabolism in aging
Hometown:
Memphis, TN
Favourite Saying:
"No worries!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Fruits and veggies
Dream Benchmate:
Jim Gaffigan
Non-science activity:
Drawing and painting
Favourite Movie:
Zoolander
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Fire Rabbit
Birthday: March 26th

Liz Schroeder
eas1[at]stanford.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
B.A. Brown University
PhD. Yale University

Present position
Senior Scientist
TwoXAR
, USA

Personal Interests


Katja Hebestreit
katjah[at]stanford.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
B.S. University of Dortmund, Germany
PhD. University of Münster, Germany

Present position
Computational Biologist
Verge Genomics
, USA

Personal Interests

Research Interest:Computational genetics and epigenetics
Hometown:
Leipzig, Germany
Favourite Saying:
"I have to think about it"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Not to fear aging
Dream Benchmate:
A cat
Non-science activity:
Hiking, biking, beach volleyball
Favourite Movie:
Take this Walz
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Ox
Birthday: June 6th


Graduate Students

Eric Greer
egreer[at]stanford.edu
Graduate student, Cancer Biology
B.S. Case Western Reserve Univ.
PhD. Stanford University

Present position
Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital

The Greer Lab

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Mechanisms of caloric restriction-induced longevity
Hometown:
Brookline, MA
Favorite Saying:
"Shall we ramble on?"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Low stress lifestyle
Dream Benchmate:
Dave Chappelle
Non-science activity:
Playing soccer
Favorite Movie:
The Shawshank Redemption
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Dog
Birthday: June 4th

 


Research Interest:FOXO protein interactions
Hometown:
Clarksburg, MA
Favorite Saying:
"I've got a great money-making scheme..."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Dunkin' Donuts Coffee
Dream Benchmate:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Non-science activity:
Building muscles
Favorite Movie:
Rounders
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Dog
Birthday:
June 3rd

Dan Calnan
calnan[at]stanford.edu
Graduate student, Cancer Biology
B.S. Williams College

Present position
Resident
Dartmouth Medical School

Personal Interests


Victoria Rafalski
rafalski[at]stanford.edu
Graduate Student, Neuroscience
B.S. Georgetown University

Present position
Post-doctoral fellow
Akassoglou lab
Gladstone/UCSF

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Role of SIRT1 in adult neural stem cells
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Favorite Saying: "I heard on NPR..."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice: Laughter; fiber
Dream Benchmate: Woody Allen
Non-science activity: Experimental cooking
Favorite Movie: When Harry met Sally
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Water Pig
Birthday: November 15th


Research Interest:Mechanisms of energy sensing
Hometown:
Kennewick, WA
Favorite Saying:
"Facts are meaningless.. you could use facts to prove anything even remotely true."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Intentional boredom (best way to slow down time)
Dream Benchmate:
Matt Groening
Non-science activity:
Playing tennis
Favorite Movie:
Memento
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Water Pig
Birthday: April 17th

Max Banko
mbanko[at]stanford.edu
Graduate Student, Genetics
B.S. University of Rochester

Present position
Associate
Patent Proscution
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Personal Interests


Liz Pollina
pollina[at]stanford.edu
Graduate Student, Cancer Biology
B.S. Princeton University


Present position
Post-doctoral fellow
Greenberg lab
Harvard Medical School

Personal Interests

Research Interest:Chromatin modifications in neural stem cell aging
Hometown:
Middlebury, CT
Favorite Saying:
"No worries...."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Coffee
Dream Benchmate:
Judah Folkman
Non-science activity:
Running and traveling
Favorite Movie:
The Princess Bride
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Ox
Birthday: April 30th

Research Interest: Characterizing novel substrates of AMPK
Hometown: Louisa, KY
Favorite Saying: "We are puny dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice: Veganism
Dream Benchmate: Oliver Sacks
Non-science activity: Being creative
Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Water Pig
Birthday: October 2nd

Bethany Schaffer
beschaff[at]stanford.edu
Graduate Student, Cancer Biology
B.S. The College of William and Mary

Present position
Post-doctoral fellow
Blenis lab
Weill Cornell College of Medicine

Personal Interests


Aaron Daugherty
acdaugherty[at]gmail.com
Graduate Student, Genetics
B.S. University of Richmond

Present position
Senior Scientist
TwoXAR
, USA

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Genetic and epigenetic regulation of aging
Hometown: Oregon City, OR
Favorite Saying: "You win some, you lose some"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice: Blueberries
Dream Benchmate: Jim Harbaugh
Non-science activity: Travel and hiking
Favorite Movie: Almost Famous
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Tiger
Birthday: January 15th

Undergraduate students

Ophelia Venturelli
Undergraduate Student, 2004-2005
opheliav[at]stanford.edu
Stanford University

Present position
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Venturelli lab

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Interaction between FOXO and p53
Hometown:
Bethesda, MD
Favorite Saying:
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Running
Dream Benchmate:
Leonardo DaVinci
Favorite non-science activity:
Horseback riding
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Rat
Birthday: February 13th

Research Interest: Genetics of longevity in Nothobranchius furzeri
Hometown:
Bainbridge Island, WA
Favorite Saying:
"Classic."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Sleeping in
Dream Benchmate:
Ellen DeGeneres
Non-science activity:
Skiing
Favorite Movie:
Lord of the Rings
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Dragon
Birthday: January 8th

Roarke Kamber
rakamber[at]stanford.edu
Undergraduate student, Biology

Present position
Graduate Student
Denic lab
Havard University

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Jamie Brett
jbrett[at]stanford.edu
Undergraduate student, Biology

Present position
MD-PhD student
Rando lab
Stanford University

Personal Interests

Research Interest:FOXO downstream targets in neural stem cells
Hometown:
Santa Rosa, CA
Favorite Saying:
"the threat is stronger than the execution"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Green tea
Dream Benchmate:
Sherlock Holmes
Non-science activity:
LSJU Marching Band
Favorite Movie:
Equilibrium
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Dragon
Birthday: August 22
th

Research Interest: Genetics linkage of longevity and tissue regeneration in Nothobranchius furzeri
Hometown:
San Francisco, CA
Favorite Saying:
"aiya!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Eating my fruits and veggies
Dream Benchmate:
The MythBusters
Non-science activity:
Learning guitar, running
Favorite Movie:
Meet Joe Black
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Snake
Birthday: June 23rd

Elisa Zhang
elisa.zhang[at]gmail.com
Life Science Research Assistant
B.S. Stanford University

Present position
Medical Student
UC Irvine School of Medicine

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Michael Schoof
mlschoof[at]stanford.edu
Undergraduate Student
Stanford University

Present position
MPhil Student
Ahringer lab
Cambridge University, UK

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Mechanisms regulating longevity in C. elegans
Hometown:
Chicago, IL
Favourite Saying:
"You can't always get what you want"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Blueberries
Dream Benchmate:
David Bowie
Non-science activity:
Tennis and Star Trek
Favourite Movie:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Metal Monkey
Birthday: September 3rd


Research Assistants

Philip Oskoui
poskoui[at]stanford.edu
Research Assistant, 2004-2006
B.S. Emory University

Personal Interests

Research Interest: FOXO family function
Hometown:
Pittsford, NY
Favorite Saying:
"...in essence..."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Green tea
Dream Benchmate: Stephen Jay Gould
Non-science activity:
NY Times Sunday Crossword
Favorite Movie:
The Godfather
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Steel Rooster
Birthday: May 16th

Research Interest: Mechanisms of FOXO regulation
Hometown:
Mountain View , CA
Favorite Saying:
"Wow!!.."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Sushi
Dream Benchmate:
Emmanuel Ax
Non-science activity:
piano
Favorite Movie:
Crash
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Water Pig
Birthday: October 19th

Kimmi Hoang
khoang1[at]stanford.edu
Research Assistant, 2006-2007
B.S. UC Davis

Personal Interests

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Sabrina Fullhart fullhart[at]stanford.edu
Research Assistant
B.S. University of Kansas

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Fish lifespan and healthspan
Hometown:
Augusta, KS
Favorite Saying:
"Right on!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Napping and reading, in no particular order
Dream Benchmate:
Brian Eno
Non-science activity:
SCUBA and freediving
Favorite Movie:
Swing Kids
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Metal Rooster
Birthday: May 1st

Research Interest: Transcriptional regulation of the FOXO gene
Hometown:
Kerala, India
Favorite Saying:
"Cool!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Spicy Indian food
Dream Benchmate:
Michael Schumacher
Non-science activity:
Badminton
Favorite Movie:
Braveheart
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Horse
Birthday: December 21st

Pramod Thekkatpramod.thekkat[at]stanford.edu
Research Assistant
B.S. University of Madras, India
M.S. Western Michigan Univ.

Personal Interests

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Jamie White jwhite3[at]stanford.edu
Research Assistant
B.A. Northwestern University

Personal Interests

Research Interest: FOXO transcription factors in human stem cells
Hometown:
Long Beach, CA
Favorite Saying:
"Stop, drop, and cover"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Playing with my dog, Spartacus
Dream Benchmate:
Karry Mullis
Non-science activity:
Horseback riding
Favorite Movie:
High Fidelity
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Ox
Birthday: November 4th

Research Interest: Role of FOXO transcription factors in stem cells and reprogramming
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Favorite Saying: "Good things come in small packages"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice: Green tea
Dream Benchmate: Batman
Non-science activity: Traveling, playing with kittens
Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Tiger
Birthday: July 3rd

Keerthana Devarajan
kdev[at]stanford.edu
Lab Manager
B.S. RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, India
M.S. University of Kansas

Personal Interests


Other trainees

Tovi Anderson
Rotation, Fall 2004
tovia[at]stanford.edu
Graduate Student, Genetics
B.S. Whitman College

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Role of Sirtuins in aging
Hometown:
Beaverton, OR
Favorite Saying:
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Eating rare steak
Dream Benchmate:
Ichiro Suzuki
Favorite non-science activity:
playing rugby
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Dog
Birthday: July 26th
 

Research Interest:The FOXO family in the nervous system
Hometown:
El Cajon, CA
Favorite Saying:
"Don't change!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Laser ablation of the germline
Dream Benchmate:
Isaac Asimov
Favorite non-science activity:
Chillin'
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Steel rooster
Birthday: December 13th

Brian Grone
Rotation, Spring 2005
bgrone[at]stanford.edu
Graduate student,Bio. Sciences
B.S. UC Berkeley

Personal Interests


Colleen Brady
Rotation, Winter 2006
cbrady[at]stanford.edu
Graduate student, Cancer Biology
B.S. Emory University

Personal Interests


Research Interest: Sirtuins and Aging
Hometown:
Jonesville, MI
Favorite Saying:
"... and then I found a $20 bill!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Running
Dream Benchmate:
Brad Pitt
Non-science activity:
Baking
Favorite Movie:
Pretty Woman
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Pig
Birthday: March 10th


Research Interest: Sirtuins in Aging
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Saying:
"that made more sense in my head..."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Laughter
Dream Benchmate: John Wooden
Non-science activity:
Napping
Favorite Movie:
The Shawshank Redemption
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Rat
Birthday: July 31st
Joy Wu
Rotation, Spring 2006
joyswu[at]stanford.edu
Graduate student, Neuroscience
B.S. UC Los Angeles

Personal Interests


Saul Villeda
svilleda[at]stanford.edu
Graduate student, Neuroscience
2005-2006
B.S. UC Los Angeles

Personal Interests


Research Interest: FOXO in neurodevelopment
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Saying:
"Awesome."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Caloric Restriction
Dream Benchmate: Angelina Jolie
Non-science activity:
Lying comatose with a stack of movies
Favorite Movie:
American History X
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Steel Rooster
Birthday: February 17th


Research Interest: Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration and Aging
Hometown:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Favorite Saying:
“… that’s garbage!”
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Meat
Dream Benchmate:
Richard Feynman (with Bongo Drums)
Non-science activity:
Football & Tennis
Favorite Movie:
The Shawshank Redemption
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Rat
Birthday: July 3rd

Dara Dowlatshahi
Rotation, Winter 2007
Dowlatshahi[at]stanford.edu
Graduate student, Biosciences
B.S. Northwestern University

Personal Interests

 


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Matt Carter
carterme[at]stanford.edu
Graduate student, Neuroscience
2005-2007
B.A. Whitman College

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Role of CNS in organismal longevity
Hometown:
Seattle, WA
Favorite Saying:
"Don't be a jackass."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Diet Coke
Dream Benchmate:
Jon Stewart
Non-science activity:
Watching movies
Favorite Movie:
Annie Hall

Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Horse
Birthday: March 31st

Research Interest: FOXO targets in the hypothalamus
Hometown:
Army Brat, USA
Favorite Saying:
"A cup of tea solves everything."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Sub-lethal levels of stress
Dream Benchmate:
Beethoven and a grand piano
Non-science activity:
Swimming
Favorite Movie:
Finding Nemo
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Water Pig
Birthday: June 24th

Nathan Woodling
Rotation, Spring 2007
nsw[at]stanford.edu
Graduate student, Neuroscience
B.S. Emory University

Personal Interests



Richard Parenteau
SSRP student, Summer 2007
trichardparenteau[at]yahoo.com
Undergraduate student, Biology
California State University, Fullerton

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Role of FOXO-regulated genes
Hometown:
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Favorite Saying:
"Hijole!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Bluberries
Dream Benchmate:
An Oompa Loompa
Non-science activity:
Salsa/Merengue
Favorite Movie:
Ocean's 11
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Ox
Birthday: October 3rd


Research Interest: Target genes and cellular functions of FOXO
Hometown:
Titusville, FL
Favorite Saying:
variations on overusing the word "literally"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Avoid hard drugs and cruel women
Dream Benchmate:
A timid genius who is afraid to take credit for his ideas
Non-science activity:
Rethinking my career choice (guitar, basketball, and reading anything unrelated to science)
Favorite Movie:
The Shawshank Redemption
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Ox
Birthday: April 29th

Michael Stadler
mstadler[at]stanford.edu
Rotation Student
B.S. University of Florida

Personal Interests

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Erik Lehnert

elehnert[at]stanford.edu
Rotation Student
B.S. Stanford University

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Developing transgenesis in a short-lived fish model
Hometown:
Military brat
Favorite Saying:
"It's so frustrating "
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Inherited genetic traits
Dream Benchmate:
Dan Calnan (Musk Ox)
Non-science activity:
Climbing
Favorite Movie:
Seven Samurai
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Ox
Birthday: July 20th

Research Interest: Role of FOXO target genes in neural stem cells
Hometown:
Richebourg, France
Favorite Saying: "Relax, take it easy "
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Fruits
Dream Benchmate:
Johnny Depp
Non-science activity:
Music, movies, walk&talk with friends
Favorite Movie:
The butterfly effect
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Fire Tiger
Birthday: May 9th

Camille Guillerey
cguiller[at]magbio.ens.fr
Visiting Student
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

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Helen LianHelen.lian[at]stanford.edu
Undergraduate student, Biology

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Regulation of FOXO in neural stem cells
Hometown:
Shangai, China
Favorite Saying:
"What?"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Low calorie diet
Dream Benchmate:
Kimi Räikkönen
Non-science activity:
Traveling
Favorite Movie:
Pride and Prejudice
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Fire Rabbit
Birthday: October 18th

Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of aging and neurodegeneration
Hometown: Mumbai, India & Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Favorite Saying: "What's up dude!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice: Exercise
Dream Benchmate: Katrina Kaif
Non-science activity: Watching movies
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Ox
Birthday: January 16th

Suraj Pradhan
suraj.pradhan[at]stanford.edu
Rotation student, Neuroscience
B.S. Northwestern University

Personal Interests

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Caitlin O'Brian
ceobrian[at]stanford.edu
Rotation student, Biological Sciences

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Role of AMPK in cells
Hometown:
Exton, PA
Favorite Saying:
"My eyes and ears are my universe. Anything else is hearsay" (Douglas Adams)
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Yoga/Meditation
Dream Benchmate:
Keller Williams
Non-science activity:
Hiking, cooking
Favorite Movie:
SCL Punk
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Rat
Birthday: July 31st

Research Interest: Energy metabolism and stem cell functions
Hometown:
Akashi, Japan
Favourite Saying:
"Let it go "
Anti-Ageing Strategy of Choice:
Japanese green tea
Dream Benchmate:
Doraemon
Non-science activity:
Exercise
Favourite Movie:
Remember the Titans
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Horse
Birthday: September 29th

Hiro Fukui
hfukui[at]stanford.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
B.S. Kobe Pharmaceuticals University
PhD. University of Miami

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Chris Itoh
cyitoh[at]gmail.com
High School Summer Student

Personal Interests

Research Interest: miRNAs in adult neural stem cells
Hometown:
Fresno, CA
Favorite Saying:
"lol!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Sushi
Dream Benchmate:
Jascha Heifetz
Non-science activity:
Violin, Origami
Favorite Movie:
Seven Samurai
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Metal Sheep
Birthday: July 25th

Research Interest: Role of FOXO6 in cognitive functions in mice
Hometown:
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Favorite Saying:
"Nice."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Traveling (i.e. special relativistic
time dilation)
Dream Benchmate:
David Sedaris
Non-science activity:
Rowing
Favorite Movie:
The Room
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Rat
Birthday: September 30th

Jesse Karmazin
jessekarmazin[at]gmail.com
Medical student, Stanford University
B.S. Princeton University

Personal Interests

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Alina Garbuzov
garbuzov[at]gmail.com
Rotation student, Genetics
B.S. Brown University


Personal Interests

Research Interest:Aging and life history evolution; aging research in non-model organisms
Hometown:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Favorite Saying:
"He's just a pawn in the bridge game of life "
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Eating dark chocolate
Dream Benchmate:
Richard Fynman
Non-science activity:
Rock climbing
Favorite Movie:
Slacker
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Ox
Birthday: March 26th

Research Interest: Tissue maintenance during aging
Hometown: Garfield Heights, OH
Favorite Saying: "Yeah!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice: Walking
Dream Benchmate: Allison Hannigan
Non-science activity: Reading, listening to music, cooking
Favorite Movie: Rounders
Chinese Zodiac Sign:Fire Tiger
Birthday: September 20th

Jonathan Geisinger
jonmg54[at]gmail.com
Rotation student, Genetics
B.A. Case Western Reserve Univ.

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Madhavi Sewak msewak[at]stanford.edu
Master Student Computer Science Stanford
B.E. Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Network of FoxO in neural stem cells
Hometown:
New Delhi, India
Favorite Saying:
"There are just 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't!! "
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Dark chocolate
Dream Benchmate:
Randall Munroe
Non-science activity:
Playing soccer
Favorite Movie:
Butterfly Effect
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Dragon
Birthday: June 23rd

Research Interest: Role of neural stem cells in cognitive functions during aging
Hometown:
Madison, MS
Favorite Saying:
"Tell me more about that... "
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Tea
Dream Benchmate:
Thirteen
Non-science activity:
Social dance
Favorite Movie:
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Rat
Birthday: August 23rd

Ruo Peng Zhu
rzhu[at]stanford.edu
Medical Student, Stanford University
A.B. Harvard University

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Thea Tran
theatran[at]stanford.edu
Undergraduate student, Biology

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Epigenetic regulation of longevity in C. elegans
Hometown: Denver, CO
Favorite Saying: "Just try it"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice: Exercise
Dream Benchmate: Travis Stork
Non-science activity: Music and traveling
Favorite Movie: A Walk to Remember
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Metal Sheep
Birthday: March 18th

Research Interest:Development of the short-lived killifish as a vertebrate model of aging
Hometown:
San Diego, CA
Favorite Saying:
"No big deal"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Dark chocolate and coffee
Dream Benchmate:
Tina Fey
Non-science activity:
Running
Favorite Movie:
Finding Nemo
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Fire Tiger
Birthday: July 30th

Lisl Esherick
lisl.esherick[at]gmail.com
Rotation student, Genetics
B.S. Vassar College


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Helio Costa
hcosta[at]stanford.edu
Rotation student, Genetics
B.S. UC Davis

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Role of chromatin in C. elegans longevity
Hometown: Turlock, CA
Favorite Saying: "The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice: Wine, and lots of it
Dream Benchmate: Leonardo da Vinci
Non-science activity: Sauntering around
Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Dragon
Birthday: August 8th

Research Interest:Regulation of human longevity by FoxO3 transcriptional activity
Hometown:
Stanford, CA
Favorite Saying:
"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Tannat wine
Dream Benchmate:
Odette Yustman
Non-science activity:
Running and cooking
Favorite Movie:
Match Point
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Fire Tiger
Birthday: December 27th

Zach Klapholz-Brown
zklapholzbrown[at]gmail.com
Rotation Student, Cancer Biology
B.S. UC Santa Barbara


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Nora Yucel
nora.yucel[at]gmail.com
Rotation Student, Genetics
B.S. University of Chicago

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Neural stem cell aging
Hometown:
Edina, Minnesota
Favorite Saying:
"Diddley-dee potatoes!"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Biking everywhere
Dream Benchmate:
Hugh Jackman
Non-science activity:
Climbing, playing guitar
Favorite Movie:
Spirited Away
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Dragon
Birthday: July 30

Research Interest: Transcriptional regulation of the FoxO genes in human cells
Hometown:
Santa Monica, CA
Favorite Saying:
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one
in its net forever "
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Long walks on the beach with sunscreen
Dream Benchmate:
Captain Jacques-Yves Couseau
Non-science activity:
SCUBA diving
Favorite Movie:
When Harry Met Sally
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Metal Horse
Birthday: December 5th

Victoria Anikst vanikst[at]stanford.edu
Stanford Undergraduate Student, Biology

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LeeAnn Perry
leeannperry[at]gmail.com
Rotation Student, Neurosciences
B.S. Washington University

Personal Interests

Research Interest: miRNA in aging neural stem cells
Hometown:
Morgantown, WV
Favorite Saying:
"I need coffee..."
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Being a vampire
Dream Benchmate:
Lord Byron
Non-science activity:
Writing, music, daydreaming
Favorite Movie:
2046
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Dragon
Birthday: June 25th

Research Interest: FOXO transcription factors in centenarians
Hometown:
Houston, TX
Favorite Saying:
"Haters gonna hate"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Laughing
Dream Benchmate:
John Stewart
Non-science activity:
Playing with the LSJUMB
Favorite Movie:
Silence of the Lambs
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Water Monkey
Birthday: July 30th

Ellen Sebastian

ellenmseb[at]gmail.com
Undergraduate Student
Stanford University

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Ellen Rim
yrim[at]stanford.edu
Rotation Student, Developmental Biology
B.A. Harvard College

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Cellular reprogramming, stem cells, and aging
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Favorite Saying: "Open to the unbidden"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice: Chocolate = happiness
Dream Benchmate: Tom Brady
Non-science activity: Ultimate frisbee
Favorite Movie: Life is Beautiful
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Dragon
Birthday: January 25th

Research Interest: Genetics of aging in C. elegans
Hometown:
Bellevue, WA
Favorite Saying:
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" (Anais Nin)
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Getting enough sleep!
Dream Benchmate:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Non-science activity:
Reading or Yoga
Favorite Movie:
Romeo + Juliet
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Dog
Birthday: June 19th

Nicole Gurtler
ngurtler[at]stanford.edu
Undergraduate Student
Stanford University

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Yifei Men

ymen[at]stanford.edu
Undergraduate Student
Stanford University

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Epigenetic mechanisms linking longevity and dietary restriction in C. elegans
Hometown:
Singapore, Singapore
Favorite Saying:
"Got it! "
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Vitamin C
Dream Benchmate:
Dumbledore
Non-science activity:
Playing the piano
Favorite Movie:
The Prestige
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Metal Horse
Birthday: May 12th

Research Interest: Epigenetics of aging in C. elegans
Hometown:
Palo Alto, CA
Favorite Saying:
"Fear is the mind-killer"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Smiling
Dream Benchmate:
John Oliver
Non-science activity:
Rock climbing
Favorite Movie:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Earth Rabbit
Birthday: March 26th

Max Lenail
maxime222[at]gmail.com
High School Student, Summer 2016
Palo Alto High School (PALY)

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Laurie Prélot

laurie.prelot[at]ens-lyon.fr
Undergraduate Student, 2016
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France

 

Personal Interests

Research Interest: Role of fibroblasts in inflammaging
Hometown:
Bois Colombes, France
Favourite Saying:
"Are you sure?"
Anti-Aging Strategy of Choice:
Apples and honey
Dream Benchmate:
Ryan Gosling
Non-science activity:
Exploring new cities
Favourite Movie:
La vita è bella 
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
Wood Pig
Birthday: May 11th