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Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies

Ph.D. in the Biology of Aging

Biology of Aging Discipline - Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program


We invite you to join us as a graduate student 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. Please browse the faculty list on the right for more details. Other unique features of our program: We are one of three institutions to house a National Institute on Aging Intervention Testing Program; our NIA-funded Training Grant, which can supply you with a stipend, has 10 predoctoral graduate student positions available, more than any other NIA-funded training program. Take a look at our current grad students and the research they are doing.

To apply, go to and click on the APPLY ONLINE button on the top of the page. Select "Biology of Aging" as the discipline you are interested in.


Some excerpts from the opening of the Barshop Institute:

In a grand ceremony of more than 650 distinguished businessmen, elected officials, The University of Texas System leaders, and Health Science Center faculty and staff, The Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies was officially dedicated at the Texas Research Park on May 2, 2005. Keynote speaker, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, said the Barshop Institute surpassess all others in longevity and aging research.

"The National Institutes of Health says this Institute is already the gold standard of aging research in the United States," Sen. Hutchison said. "We have all done something to put the Health Science Center in its rightful place, but today one family stands out. We have a center of excellence on which we can build and that is what we are celebrating today. Sam and Ann Barshop have helped to promote this center of excellence that will be a magnet for this city in years to come".

"The research conducted by the Health Science Center is the cornerstone of the research funded by the Biology of Aging Program of the National Institute on Aging," said Dr. Huber Warner, former Associate Director of the Biology of Aging Program of the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Warner continued to say that scientists at the Barshop Institute "should be congratulated for their excellent work to understand the many biological mechanisms of aging processes."


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