USC Leonard Davis School PhD students in the Gerontology and Biology of Aging programs are some of the most promising minds in the science of aging. In this section, learn more about our doctoral students and program policies.

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Academic Advisement

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is committed to helping students build a vibrant, supportive academic, personal and professional network. The Office of Academic Advisement and Student Services provides services and resources related to academic advising, course planning, and registration as well as helping with any additional issues that students may have.

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Research Opportunities

The USC Leonard Davis School offers numerous opportunities for students in all programs to participate in research. Several broad areas of focus spark curiosity and collaboration in researchers at all levels, and their goal is to discover and perfect new breakthroughs, technologies, and findings that benefit older adults around the world.

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PhD Program Faculty

NameTitleExpertisePhD Program
Albert Almada, PhDAlbert Almada, PhDAssistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative MedicineBiology of Aging
Andrei Irimia, PhDAndrei Irimia, PhDAssistant Professor of Gerontology, Biomedical Engineering and NeuroscienceAlzheimer's and dementia, Traumatic brain injury, South American TsimanéBiology of Aging, Gerontology
Bérénice Benayoun, PhDBérénice Benayoun, PhDAssistant Professor of Gerontology, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine Big data, Sex differences, Immune functionBiology of Aging, Gerontology
Birgit Schilling, PhDBirgit Schilling, PhDAssociate Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Associate Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Caleb Finch, PhDCaleb Finch, PhDUniversity Professor
ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Chair in the Neurobiology of Aging
Alzheimer's and dementia, Environment, BiologyBiology of Aging, Gerontology
Caroline Cicero, PhD, MSW, MPLCaroline Cicero, PhD, MSW, MPLInstructional Associate Professor of Gerontology Policy, Housing, Sociology
Cary Kreutzer, EdD, MPH, RD, FANDCary Kreutzer, EdD, MPH, RD, FANDInstructional Professor of Clinical Gerontology and PediatricsNutrition and diets, Nutrigenomics, Wellness
Changhan David Lee, PhDChanghan David Lee, PhDAssociate Professor of GerontologyMitochondria, Mechanisms of aging, Stress responseBiology of Aging, Gerontology
Chris Benz, MDChris Benz, MDProfessor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Christian Pike, PhDChristian Pike, PhDProfessor of Gerontology
Assistant Dean of Research
Alzheimer's and dementia, Neuroscience, Sex differencesBiology of Aging, Gerontology
Daniel Winer, MDDaniel Winer, MDAssociate Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Associate Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Dion K. Dickman, PhDDion K. Dickman, PhDAdjunct Assistant Research Professor of GerontologyBiology of Aging
Eileen Crimmins, PhDEileen Crimmins, PhDUniversity Professor
AARP Chair in Gerontology
Mortality and life expectancy, Demography, CognitionGerontology
Enrique Cadenas, MD, PhDEnrique Cadenas, MD, PhDProfessor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences and GerontologyBiology of Aging
Eric Verdin, MDEric Verdin, MDProfessor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Gordon Lithgow, PhDGordon Lithgow, PhDProfessor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Irene Chiolo, PhDIrene Chiolo, PhDAssistant Professor of Biological Sciences and GerontologyBiology of Aging
Jennifer Ailshire, PhDJennifer Ailshire, PhDAssociate Professor of Gerontology and Sociology
Assistant Dean of Research
Assistant Dean of International Programs and Global Initiatives
Environment, Social-determinants and disparities, Global agingGerontology
Jennifer Garrison, PhDJennifer Garrison, PhDAssistant Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
John Newman, MD, PhDJohn Newman, MD, PhDAssistant Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
John Tower, PhDJohn Tower, PhDProfessor of Biological Sciences and GerontologyBiology of Aging
John Walsh, PhDJohn Walsh, PhDAssociate Professor of Gerontology
Assistant Dean of Education
Chronic diseases, Neuroscience, BiologyBiology of Aging, Gerontology
Judith Campisi, PhDJudith Campisi, PhDProfessor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Julie K. Andersen, PhDJulie K. Andersen, PhDProfessor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Kai Zhou, PhDKai Zhou, PhDFellow, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Fellow of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Lisa Ellerby, PhDLisa Ellerby, PhDProfessor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Lucio Comai, PhDLucio Comai, PhDProfessor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and GerontologyBiology of Aging
Malene Hansen, PhDMalene Hansen, PhDProfessor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Marc Vermulst, PhDMarc Vermulst, PhDAssistant Professor of Gerontology, Molecular and Computational Biology, Biological Sciences and Biochemistry and Molecular MedicineMitochondria, Mutagenesis, TranscriptomicsBiology of Aging, Gerontology
María P. Aranda, PhDMaría P. Aranda, PhDAssociate Professor of Social Work and Gerontology
Michael A. Bonaguidi, PhDMichael A. Bonaguidi, PhDAssistant Professor of Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine and GerontologyBiology of Aging
Michael R. Lieber, MD, PhDMichael R. Lieber, MD, PhDProfessor of Pathology and GerontologyBiology of Aging
Mireille Jacobson, PhDMireille Jacobson, PhDAssociate Professor of Gerontology
Assistant Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Health economics, PolicyGerontology
Myron F. Goodman, PhDMyron F. Goodman, PhDProfessor of Molecular Biology and Chemistry and GerontologyBiology of Aging
Nicholas Graham, PhDNicholas Graham, PhDAssistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and GerontologyBiology of Aging
Pankaj Kapahi, PhDPankaj Kapahi, PhDProfessor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Pejmun Haghighi, PhDPejmun Haghighi, PhDProfessor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Pinchas Cohen, MDPinchas Cohen, MDProfessor of Gerontology, Medicine and Biological Sciences
Dean, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
William and Sylvia Kugel Dean’s Chair in Gerontology
Alzheimer's and dementia, Mitochondria, Technology, Personalized agingBiology of Aging, Gerontology
Rachel Brem, PhDRachel Brem, PhDAdjunct Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
Adjunct Associate Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Ralf Langen, PhDRalf Langen, PhDProfessor of Physiology & Neuroscience and GerontologyBiology of Aging
Raquel D. Arias, MDRaquel D. Arias, MDClinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and GerontologyBiology of Aging
Roberto Vicinanza, MD, PhDRoberto Vicinanza, MD, PhDInstructional Associate Professor of GerontologyAge-related diseases, Nutrition and metabolism, Mental health
Rong Lu, PhDRong Lu, PhDAssistant Professor of Stem Cell & Regenerative MedicineBiology of Aging
Scott Kaiser, MDScott Kaiser, MDDirector of Geriatric Cognitive Health, Pacific Neuroscience Institute
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Sean Curran, PhDSean Curran, PhDProfessor of Gerontology
Vice Dean
Dean of Faculty and Research
James E. Birren Chair in Gerontology
Biology, Genetics, Nutrition and dietsBiology of Aging, Gerontology
Simon Melov, PhDSimon Melov, PhDProfessor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Steven Finkel, PhDSteven Finkel, PhDProfessor of Biological Sciences and GerontologyBiology of Aging
Susan Enguídanos, PhD, MPHSusan Enguídanos, PhD, MPHAssociate Professor of GerontologyPalliative care, End-of-life, Ethnic disparitiesGerontology
Tara Tracy, PhDTara Tracy, PhDAssistant Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Biology of Aging
Teal S. Eich, PhDTeal S. Eich, PhDAssistant Professor of Gerontology and PsychologyCognition, Memory, NeuroscienceGerontology
Valter Longo, PhDValter Longo, PhDProfessor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences
Edna M. Jones Chair in Gerontology
Fasting, Nutrition and diets, Chronic diseasesBiology of Aging, Gerontology

Meet Our Current Students

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Colloquium Series in Multidisciplinary Research on Aging

Students are expected to attend invited lectures by nationally and internationally recognized scholars in the field of aging. There are generally 5-6 lectures per semester given in this series.

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