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Ph.D. in the Biology of Aging

This degree, the first Biology of Aging PhD in the United States, emphasizes research and education on the molecular, cellular, regenerative medicine and integrative biology of aging, giving graduates the unparalleled opportunity to be trained by some of the world’s foremost experts in the field at both the USC Davis School of Gerontology in Los Angeles and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Northern California. Together, these institutes host over 100 scientists performing aging research with more than 40 of them focusing on the cellular and molecular biology of aging. The combined knowledge and expertise of both organizations results in a unique graduate program that meets the growing need for education and research on the biology of aging and age-related diseases.

We are seeking the highest caliber of students from around the globe seeking training to become leading scientists in the field of biogerontology. The program offers the opportunity to select a faculty mentor from either the Buck Insitute or USC and to select PhD committees composed of faculty members from institutions. Students will carry out state of the art research, attend seminars, attend and present at local, national and international biogerontology meetings, acquireDr. Lee teaching experience and begin to develop an academic, personal and professional network. These opportunities will involve classes, research and other activities at both the Southern and Northern California institutions.

Balancing rigorous, high-level research training with courses focused on the molecular and cellular biology of aging and on biomedical sciences and age-related diseases, this Biology of Aging Ph.D. program prepares graduates for a successful career in the biomedical field.

Ph.D. students will embark on a comprehensive new interdisciplinary graduate program taking a wide breadth of courses that utilize the strengths of both organizations. Students will take core courses on the molecular and cellular biology of aging and will then select a track among neuroscience, molecular and cellular biology, stem cell and regenerative sciences, and biomedical sciences.

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