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Emerging Animal Models Core


Emerging Animal Models Core

Emerging Animal Models Core

Director: Rochelle Buffenstein, PhD
Co-Director: Suzette Tardif, PhD

The Emerging Animal Models Core is a multi-institutional research core established to promote and facilitate basic aging research. It employs nontraditional,exceptionally informative, animal species to investigate cellular and molecular mechanisms that modulate the rate of aging. Participating institutions are the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA),the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR).
Emerging Animal Models Core Activities
The Emerging Animal Models Core supports seminars and workshops in the comparative biology of aging, including an annual March workshop at Round Top, Texas.
Seed Grants
The Core gives seed grants to faculty from participating institutions of up to $10,000 for the purpose of generating preliminary data for full grant proposals to government and private agencies and foundations. Contact Rochelle Buffenstein, 210-562-5062 or for more information. 
Research Resource Enhancement
Cells and tissues from animal species of exceptional gerontological interest are often hard to come by. The core maintains non-transformed, early passage cell lines from many mammal species for sharing with faculty from member institutions. The core also stores frozen tissues of diverse species and maintains a contact list of investigators from other institutions that have access to samples from nontraditional species. Contact Rochelle Buffenstein, 210-562-5062 or for more information.

Additional Faculty

Species of Exceptional Interest

Naked mole-rat
Bowhead whale



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