Positions

Overview

  • I am originally from Southern California, but my family moved a lot, so I lived in every part of the United States before heading to college. After gaining an English Literature degree, I had a variety of jobs — newspaper reporter, taxi driver, wild animal trainer.... Training lions for the movie business awakened my interest in biology, so I went back to school, eventually getting my Ph.D. in biology.

    My early research was field-based. I have done field research in several parts of the United States, Venezuela, East Africa, Micronesia, and Papua New Guinea. Once I became interested in the biology of aging, my research became more laboratory oriented. Perhaps because of my background in English, I have always been eager to communicate the excitement of science to the public at large. In that capacity I have written popular books, planned museum exhibits, and produced a regular newspaper column on science.
  • Research Overview

  • One of the more intriguing problems in biology is why animals age. No law of nature dictates that this should be so. Why can’t nature, which is so successful at producing healthy adults from single fertilized eggs, do the seemingly much simpler task of keeping that adult healthy through time? Moreover, why do some animals like mice age quickly, while others like bats, birds, whales, and people age slowly. It is these question that focus and guide my research.

    Aging is not just an abstract and intriguing biological problem. It is the number one cause of death and disability in today’s world, vastly more significant than Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, or heart disease, because aging is the major risk for all of them plus a host of other health problems.

    The long-term goal of my research is to develop treatments to slow the aging process, thus keeping people fit and healthy longer. My laboratory works with different animal species, especially those which are more successful at aging than humans. We work on exotic species, like clams that live more than 500 years, and hydra that don’t age at all, in order to discover such treatments. We also develop measures of laboratory animal health, so that we can assess whether a treatment that makes a mouse live longer also improves the quality of its life.
  • Principal Investigator On

  • Comparative Bioenergetics of Aging  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2020 - 2025
  • Comparative Bioenergetics of Aging - Core A - Administrative Program Enrichment Core  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2020 - 2025
  • Comparative Bioenergetics of Aging - Core E - Comparative Data Analytics Core  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2020 - 2025
  • A Sex Difference Approach to Evaluating Resilience as a Predictor of Healthspan in Mice  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2017 - 2022
  • A Four Core Genotype (FCG) Approach to Investigating Sex Differences in Health and Longevity  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2021
  • Comparative Energetics and Aging  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2015 - 2020
  • Comparative Energetics and Aging - Administration and Program Enhancement Core A  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2015 - 2020
  • Comparative Energetics and Aging - Comparative Data Analytics Core E  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2015 - 2020
  • Comparative Energetics and Aging - Sex Hormones and Arthritis in a Long Lived Animal Model  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2015 - 2020
  • Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging  awarded by GLENN FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH - NEW 2015 - 2018
  • The Metabolomic Consequences of Size and Age in the Domestic Dog: A New Model of Human Morbidity and Mortality  awarded by American Federation for Aging Research 2016 - 2017
  • Hydra: New Models for Aging Research  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2014 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by IBIS BIOSCIENCES, INC. 2014 - 2015
  • Development of a Barrier Colony of Common Marmosets  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER (SAN ANTONIO) 2014
  • Teaching Overview

  • Biology of Aging, Evolution, Ecology of Infectious Diseases, Scientific Communication
  • Teaching Activities

  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • BY280 - Biology of Aging (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • BY397 - Advanced Directed Readings (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • BY540 - Biology of Aging (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BY429 - Intro to Evolutionary Process (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BY491 - Biology Capstone - Evolution (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BY629 - Evolutionary Biology (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BY695 - Special Topics in Biology I (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • BY280 - Biology of Aging (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BY540 - Biology of Aging (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • UHP153 - Interdisciplinary: Biology (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • UHP253 - Interdisciplinary: Biology (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • UHP353 - Interdisciplinary: Biology (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • BY111 - Ext Topics Contemp Biology (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • BY695 - Special Topics in Biology I (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • BY795 - Special Topics in Biology I (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • HON153 - Interdisc: Biology (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • HON253 - Interdisc:Biology (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • HON353 - Interdisc:Biology (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • BY101 - Topics in Contemporary Biology (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY101 - Topics in Contemporary Biology (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY102 - Topics Contemporary Bio Lab (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY595 - Special Topics in Biology I (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • BY695 - Special Topics in Biology I (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • BY795 - Special Topics in Biology I (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • HON153 - Interdisc: BIology (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • HON253 - Interdisc:Biology (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • HON353 - Interdisc:Biology (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology / Biological Sciences, Purdue University System : Purdue University 1981
  • Full Name

  • Steven Austad