Postdoctoral Fellowships


Accelerating longevity research depends on supporting up-and-coming young scientists. The Center awarded postdoctoral fellowships to ten researchers from 2006 to 2012. Fellows were selected based on the overall scientific merit of their projects, as well as the clarity and persuasiveness of their applications. The opportunity for Fellows to experience strong mentoring and an excellent training environment, and to engage in interdisciplinary research is also a part of the assessment.

Featured Postdoctoral Research:

A MOLECULAR “ODOMETER” FOR AGING
SCL Fellow: Adolfo Sanchez-Blanco
Mentor: Stuart Kim, PhD, Professor of Developmental Biology and of Genetics and, by courtesy, of Chemical and Systems Biology

SCL Fellow Adolfo Sanchez-Blanco begins presentation of his work with pictures of two Cadillacs. If you are choosing to buy one, how can you tell which will last longer? Although they look identical, their odometers may tell a different story. One may have more remaining life than the other. What, he asks, is the analogy in animals? Is there a biological “odometer” that can indicate remaining lifespan? Typically animals, including humans, have lifespans that vary widely and unpredictably. The cause of this variation, known as stochasticity, has eluded scientists. Read more

OWING IT TO YOURSELF
SCL Fellow: Christopher Bryan
Mentor: Gregory M. Walton, Assistant Professor of Psychology

By most estimates, the majority of Americans are not saving enough for retirement, even though they understand the consequences. A major reason, according to Center on Longevity Fellow Christopher Bryan, is that “People tend to see their future selves as a different person—and why would I want to give my money to that guy?” Read more