Buck Postdocs Launch SAGE Blog

SAGE is a blog all about the Science of AGING launched by Buck postdoctoral fellows who want to give themselves and other Buck scientists an outlet to communicate their excitement about aging research to a larger audience. Story content is wide ranging – from tips for graceful aging, to the importance of Sirtuins in aging, to the secrets of long-lived species (did you know that ocean quahogs are better able to resist oxidative stress than related short-live species?). Comments are welcome!

Karen Ring, PhD, a postdoc in Dr. Lisa Ellerby's lab at the Buck Institute, co-founded SAGE. She graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from UCSF where she developed a novel way to reprogram skin cells into brain stem cells. Her current research uses human stem cell models to study mechanisms of Huntington's disease. “We see the blog as a great opportunity to develop our science communication skills while discussing important research developments in the aging field,” Ring said. “We also want to help the Buck connect globally to individuals and communities interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of aging and improving human health and lifespan.”

The other SAGE co-founder is Rob O’Brien, also a postdoc in the Ellerby lab. O’Brien earned his PhD at the University of California, San Diego, where he used proteomics to study stem cells. He is interested in understanding the molecular basis of monogenic neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's Disease. O’Brien says his interests are broad. “I want to contribute articles on basic and applied science, as well as explore how public policy can affect the progress and direction of science,” he said. “We welcome comments on our stories and would really like to engage our audience in conversations about the field.”

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