With Dr. Gills award, the Buck Institute now has two Brookdale fellows on its staff. Associate Professor Julie K. Andersen, Ph.D., was named a fellow in 1994 when she was on the faculty at the University of Southern California. In addition, two former members of the Buck Institutes Scientific Advisory Board, John W. Rowe, M.D., and T. Franklin Williams, M.D., are Brookdale Senior Fellows.
Dr. Gill, 29, recently moved to the U.S. from the United Kingdom to take up a postdoctoral position at the Buck Institute. He was previously based at the University of Manchester, where he completed his Ph.D. in endocrinology in 1997. In 1998, he was awarded a Medical Research Council Research Fellowship to conduct a three-year study of genetic influences on the growth of nematode worms, which initiated his collaboration with Dr. Lithgow. It was during this time that Dr. Gill became interested in the questions of how and why we age. That interest led to his involvement in a landmark paper, published by the journal Science, which showed that a man-made anti-oxidant drug could dramatically extend the life of the nematode C. elegans. The Brookdale Fellowship now will allow Dr. Gill to focus on understanding the basic biology of aging in the unique research environment provided by the Buck Institute.
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