For 37 years, the Genetic Approaches to Aging Training Grant (GAATG) has been training new independent investigators to utilize contemporary genetic and molecular genetic techniques to investigate the underlying mechanisms of aging. In our current grant period, we have annual support from the NIA for 8 pre-doctoral students and 8 post-doctoral associates.
The 22nd Annual Summer Training Course provides intense exposure to current concepts in experimental aging research for 15-20 research scientists. It is designed primarily for junior faculty and advanced fellows with at least two years postdoctoral experience in cell or molecular biology or a related field. Senior scientists who wish to redirect their careers towards aging research are also welcome.
The MCB graduate program has established an area of emphasis in “Developmental Biology, Stem Cells & Aging” that encompasses both the basic biology of aging and regenerative medicine. Graduate level courses in the basic biology of aging include PATH517 The Biology and Pathology of Aging and PATH501 Selected Topics in the Biology of Aging.
Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease Ph.D. courses in Developmental Biology, Stem Cells & Aging
Graduate students in the Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) Ph.D. program have the opportunity to receive training in aging research through graduate level courses including PATH517 The Biology and Pathology of Aging and PATH501 Selected Topics in the Biology of Aging.
Undergraduate Training in Experimental Aging Research
Several HALo faculty offer undergraduate research opportunities for University of Washington students to obtain hands on experience performing cutting edge research on the basic biology of aging. For example, more than 140 undergraduates have performed research in the Kaeberlein Laboratory since 2006, many of whom have presented their findings at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, and have gone on to graduate programs in research, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.
Peer Mentoring in Geroscience Group
We have been impressed with the growing literature and anecdotal evidence pointing toward significant deficiencies in the traditional academic mentoring system. We believe that there is much value in organized peer-mentoring for junior scientists at every level (assistant professor, post-doctoral researcher, and graduate student). With the support of the Dean of the School of Medicine, we have established in 2014 a Peer Mentoring in Geroscience Group. This group meets regularly, including both formally and informally, to discuss career and life challenges that academic scientists face. In addition to sharing valuable information and providing support, we anticipate that useful collaborations will likely emerge, including bridges between clinical and basic aspects of Geroscience. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Dr. George Martin.
Seminars in Aging Research
The University of Washington has a particularly rich offering of seminars related to aging and age-associated disease through various departmental and special interest group seminar series. In addition, each Spring Quarter the UW Nathan Shock Center of Excellence and HALo jointly support a seminar series that brings several of the world’s leading Geroscientists to Seattle for public seminars on their research. During Fall Quarter, the GAATG trainees also present Research Reports on their ongoing research progress. Please consult our calendar for a listing of prior and upcoming seminars.
Above Photos by Hillary Miller.