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Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies

NIA Training Program for Research Scientists in the Biology of Aging


Program Director: Nicolas Musi, MD

Program Co-Director: Peter Hornsby, PhD

We invite you to join us as a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow to study the biology of aging at the world-renowned Barshop Institute. We are the only institution in the US to house both a Nathan Shock Center on the Biology of Aging, which is a grant from the National Institute on Aging that supports basic aging research, as well as an Older Americans Independence Center (often called “Pepper Center”), a grant from the NIA to support translational aging research. We have more than 100 faculty members engaged in various aspects of aging research. Our NIA-funded Training Grant has 10 predoctoral graduate student positions and 6 postdoctoral fellowships available, more than any other NIA-funded training program.

This training program for research scientists covers such areas as the of genetics of aging, lifespan, and intervention analyses in animal models and age-related diseases. Trainees will participate in programs involving such topics as:

  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Somatic Mutations
  • Epigenetic Changes
  • Free Radicals
  • Oxidative Damage
  • DNA Damage and Repair
  • Endocrine and Immune Systems
  • Transmembrane Signaling
  • Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes
  • Differentiation and Apoptosis
  • Molecular Aspects of Age-Associated Disease



1.  Postdoctoral positions on our National Institute on Aging funded Biology of Aging Training Grant are now available.  To apply, please send (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a letter describing your research accomplishments to date, (3) the nature of your experience and interest in the biology of aging, (4) three letters of reference, (5) the earliest date you could start your fellowship, and (6) a list of three mentors chosen from the list of faculty members from the Biology of Aging Training Grant with whom you could imaging working -- see list at right-- to Dr. Nicolas MusiContact with prospective mentors prior to application is strongly recommended.


All appointments to the Biology of Aging Training Program are
designated as security sensitive positions; U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Required.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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