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Gavin Pharaoh

Dr. Pharaoh is a postdoctoral scholar studying aging and sarcopenia with a focus on mitochondrial physiology in the Marcinek laboratory. His research interests focus on the role of mitochondrial bioenergetics and superoxide release in aging. Dr. Pharaoh received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center working with Holly Van Remmen to uncover…

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Annabel Beichman

Dr. Beichman is a postdoc in Dr. Kelley Harris’ Lab at UW Genome Sciences. Her research uses genomics to learn about mutation and demographic history in wild mammals that have experienced extreme demographic events or remarkable evolutionary transitions, including sea otters, bears, and whales. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles…

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Brandon Berry

Dr. Brandon Berry is a postdoctoral researcher in the Kaeberlein laboratory. His research focuses on how aging and metabolism are linked. Brandon is interested in how mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells, contribute to and modulate aging. He uses novel tools to precisely control mitochondria to better understand the fundamentals of healthy aging and metabolism. Brandon…

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Ian Dowsett

Dr. Dowsett is a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Dr. Georg Seelig, in the UW Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. His research focuses on studying the unique genetic differences between single cells in aged organisms, the effects of aging interventions on clonal dynamics, and developing advanced next-generation sequencing tools as part of a…

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Maria Janowska

Dr. Janowska is a post-doctoral researcher in the Klevit laboratory. Her interests lie in understanding the biochemistry of the protective mechanisms utilized by proteins to prevent the formation of toxic protein aggregates in the brain.  When she is not at work, she enjoys the beautiful Pacific Northwest, either skiing or hiking, and when stationary at…

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Rachel Knopp

Dr. Knopp is a postdoctoral researcher working under Dr. William (Bill) Banks and Dr. Michelle (Shelly) Erickson. Her research focuses on blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction during normal aging and in age-related diseases. Dr. Knopp’s main projects include 1) evaluating the age-specific effects of senolytic treatment to protect against BBB-dysfunction; and 2) characterizing the response of…

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Kira Evitts

Ms. Evitts is a Bioengineering graduate student performing her Ph.D. thesis studies in the labs of Jessica Young and Ying Zheng.  Her thesis project is focused on developing a stem cell based model of the human neurovascular unit (NVU) to study neurovascular interactions in the brain and investigate neurovascular dysfunction in age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Her…

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Abdiasis Hussein

Mr. Abdiasis is a PhD candidate in the department of biochemistry performing his thesis research in the laboratory of Professor Hannele Ruohola-Baker. He previously studied an intermediate pluripotent step, embryonic diapause, which disrupts the transition from the pre-implantation naïve to post-implantation primed embryonic. He foun that diapause has a distinct lipid metabolic profile compared to…

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Darrian Bugg

Ms. Bugg is an M3D graduate student in Pathology performing her Ph.D. thesis studies in the Davis Lab focusing on how various cardiac fibroblast cell state changes affect cardiac physiology over time. In particular she is focusing on understanding how fluid these changes are and if there is the possibility to revert to a healthy…

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Rene Coig

Mr. Coig is a graduate student in the M3D Ph.D. program performing his thesis work in the Promislow lab, studying variation in sexual dimorphism and aging phenotypes. His work is focused on understanding how sex differential pathways and mechanisms contributing to dimorphism in lifespan and healthspan are shifted by natural genetic variation and environmental influences,…

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Michael Kiflezghi

Mr. Kiflezghi is a graduate student in the M3D Ph.D. program and pre-doctoral trainee in the Biological Mechanisms of Healthy Aging Training Program. He is performing his Ph.D. thesis studies in the Kaeberlein Lab, where he has developed and applied novel technology for identifying small molecule inhibitors of the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR). As…

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Kristine Tsantilas

Ms. Tsantilas is a PhD Candidate in Biochemistry performing her thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. James B. Hurley. Her main focus is on how aging impacts the function and metabolic capacity of the ocular ecosystem. In particular, this work examines neighboring tissues –  the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) – that are heavily…

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