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Pinchas Cohen, MD

Professor of Gerontology, Medicine and Biological Sciences;
Dean, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology;
William and Sylvia Kugel Dean’s Chair in Gerontology;
Executive Director, Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center

Education

  • MD, Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1986
  • Postdoctoral training, Stanford University, 1986-1992

Pinchas Cohen, MD, trained in Stanford and held his first faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 1999. Until 2012, he was a professor and Vice Chair for Research at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as well as the Co-Director of the UCSD/UCLA Diabetes Research Center.

He received numerous awards for his research, including a National Institute of Aging “EUREKA”-Award, the NIH-Director-Transformative RO1-Grant, and the Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging.

He holds several patents for novel peptides and is the Cofounder of CohBar, a biotechnology company developing mitochondrial peptides for diseases of aging. Cohen has published over 300 papers in top scientific journals focusing on aging, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, growth hormone/IGF-biology and the emerging science of mitochondrial-derived peptides, which he pioneered.

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The Cohen lab does not currently have any undergraduate members. Please contact the lab if you are interested in any research opportunities.

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Email: brendan.miller@usc.edu
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Brendan Miller, MS

Graduate Student

Brendan Miller is a Neuroscience Graduate Program PhD student at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Miller studies mitochondrial genetics, neurodegeneration, and mitochondrial-derived peptides in the Cohen lab. His research interests include identifying the effect of mitochondrial single nucleotide polymorphisms on novel mitochondrial-derived peptides in Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Outside of the lab, Brendan closely follows the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, crunches baseball statistics, and plays a variety of sports.

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Jialin Xiao, BSc

Graduate Student

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Su-Jeong Kim, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Email: roberto.vicinanze@usc.edu
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Roberto Vicinanze, MD, PhD

Teaching Fellow

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Email: junxiang.wan@usc.edu
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Junxiang Wan, MD, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Aging Biomarker Core Director

Education

  • MD, Preventive Medicine, Nanjing Railway Medical College, Naijing, China, 1991
  • PhD, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 1997
  • Postdoctoral Training, Occupational Health, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 2002

Junxiang Wan, MD, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor and director of the Aging Biomarker and Service Core at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Wan has extensive training in molecular biology, cell biology and immunology. She is an expert in the field of novel assay development, and has extensive experience in academic research work. Wan has mastered novel ELISA assays for the entire human and murine IGF/IGFBP system, has developed numerous IGFs and is involved in the Cohen lab’s discovery of a novel family of mitochondrial-derived peptides (MDPs), including humanin, SHLPs and MOTS-c that signal to regulate cellular metabolism and survival.

The Aging Biomarker and Service Core services include the following:

  1. cytokines measurement
  2. Alzheimer-related markers (Amyloid beta, phospho-tau) measurement
  3. hormones measurement including GH, human and mouse IGF-I& IGFBPs, etc.
  4. metabolic biomarkers measurement including insulin, leptin and adiponectin
  5. mitochondrial derived peptides (MDPs) measurement including humanin and the other novel MDPs
  6. new assay development

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Email: kelvin.yen@usc.edu
Office Phone: 213-821-5822

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Kelvin Yen, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Education

  • BA, Molecular Cell Biology: Neurobiology, UC Berkeley, 1999
  • PhD, Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2008

Kelvin Yen, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Yen studies mitochondrial control of aging and healthspan at the Cohen lab. His research interests include aging, neuroscience, and mitochondria.

Outside of lab, he spends his time raising his kids and sleeping.

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Email: hemal.mehta@usc.edu
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Hemal Mehta, MSc, MS

Lab Manager
Seahorse Core Director

Education

  • MSc, Microbiology, 1999
  • MS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2002

Hemal H. Mehta is a Research Lab Specialist / Lab Manager and Seahorse Core Director at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Mehta is in charge of maintaining and studying the healthspan and lifespan studies involving MDP transgenic/ knock down mice models or mice injected with MDPs.

Mehta directs Gerontology Seahorse Core that measures oxygen consumption rate (OCR) and extracellular acidification rate (ECAR) in the cell lines, primary cells, isolated mitochondria, and worms (C.elegans).

Michael Agus, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard

Laura Cobb, PhD

Qinglei Gao, MD, PhD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tongji Medical College

Adda Grimberg, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

Natalie Kaiser
MHA Resident, Keck Medicine, University of Southern California

Lorraine Katz, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

David Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor of Gerontology, USC

Kuk-Wha Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Proffessor of Pediatrcs, UCLA

Irene Netchine, MD
Director of Laboratory, APHP

Peter Poon, Ph.D.
Head of Program, Integrated Science Program

Stuart Weinzimer, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) and Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing, Yale

Lara (Nikki) Windisch
Student Volunteer

Jennifer Zeng