Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

Biology of Aging Discipline

The biology of aging remains a mystery for the most part - despite huge progress in the last few years. Organisms age at amazingly varying rates. Some might not even age at all. How do they do it? Studies into the mystery of aging can be performed at the organismal, tissue, cell or molecular level. The best research programs combine approaches at all these levels.


At the University of Texas Health Center we have a specialized discipline within the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program that focuses on the Biology of Aging. We invite you to explore the many opportunities for graduate student research in aging at the UTHSCSA. Research is organized into seven themes:

Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions. If you are thinking of getting a Ph.D. degree in the biology of aging, contact us and we can guide your career.


Explanation of the banner above: All the animals depicted above have unusual records of longevity and some have been claimed not to age at all:
  1. Balaena mysticetus (bowhead whale)
  2. Chelonoidis nigra (Galapagos tortoise)
  3. Myotis lucifugus (little brown bat)
  4. Cacatua galerita (sulphur-crested cockatoo)
  5. Rana catesbeiana (bullfrog)
  6. Sebastes aleutianus (rougheye rockfish)
  7. Homarus americanus (lobster)
  8. Strongylocentrotus franciscanus (sea urchin)
  9. Margaritifera margaritifera (freshwater pearl mussel)
  10. Turritopsis dohrnii (jellyfish)
  11. Lamellibrachia luymesi (tubeworm)