Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Biology of Aging Research

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Biology of Aging researchers are housed on the Health Science Center’s main campus in the Medical Center or at the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging.

The Barshop Institute provides a wide range of core services and clinical facilities as well as cutting edge programs involving state-of-the-art technologies such as genomics and proteomics, transgenic animal models, and pathological assessments. The Barshop Institute is one of the few places in the country that can both investigate the aging process and move the findings into the clinic. For the past decade, the Barshop Institute has annually ranked 1st or 2nd in National Institute on Aging (NIA) funding among Texas Institutions, and is highly ranked in the country in National Institute of Health funding.

UT Health San Antonio is the only institution in the U.S. having both a Nathan Shock Center of Excellence on the Biology of Aging as well as an Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (often called “Pepper Center”). UT Health San Antonio and The Barshop Institute also hold an NIA-funded T32 training grant in the Biology of Aging focused on basic and translational geroscience. The program funds 4 predoctoral and 4 postdoctoral positions.

Our Areas of Research Include:

Aging and Cancer

Participating Faculty: BishopChatterjeeCurielDahiaGhosh-ChoudhuryHastyIkenoJiangLeach, Li, MoritaOyajobiSharpShiioSunSung

Aging-Related Neurodegeneration

Participating Faculty: Chen, Fox, Frost, Galvan, Giuffrida, Hopp, Jiang, Kokovay, Lechleiter, Morliak, O'Connor, Orr, Paukert, Pickering, Ran, Renteria, Sayre, Seshadri, Strong

Comparative Biology and Invertebrate Models of Aging

Participating Faculty: ChenFisherFrostKraigLarsenPickeringRodriguez

Inflammation and Immunity

Participating Faculty: ClarkCurielEspinozaGriffithKraigMusiYeh

Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Bioenergetics of Aging

Participating Faculty: Adamo, Bai, DeFronzo, Dong, Fisher, Fujikawa, Han, Kamat, Kasinath, Larsen, Liu, Muniswamy, Musi, Nelson, SalmonSharma, Zang

Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells

Participating Faculty: HornsbyKokovayLiMcCarreySunWalter

Translational and Interventions

Participating Faculty: Clark, Espinoza, Fisher, Kasinath, Kellogg, Musi, Pickering, Reveles, Strong

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Centers & Institutes

UT Health San Antonio operates centers and institutes within nine organized research units, as well as institutes and centers such as our NCI-designated Mays Cancer Center.

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Greehey Institute

The Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute campus is located at the north side of UT Health San Antonio campus at 8403 Floyd Curl Dr San Antonio, TX 78229.

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Core Facilities

The core facilities provide researchers with access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and consultation, including access to advanced research technologies.

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