Genetic Approaches to Aging Trainee Research Presentations: Laura Taylor and Zachary Crook

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Laura Taylor and Zachary Crook
Multiple Departments
University of Washington

Date & Time

October 20, 2016 at 2:30pm - 4:00pm


Foege, N-130


Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Kraemer Lab
Department of Gerontology
“TTBK1/2 hyper-activation drives pTau and pTDP accumulation”

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Olson Lab
Clinical Research
“Applying Peptide Therapeutics to Tauopathy and Other Protein-Protein Interactions”​


Healthy aging is the most effective form of preventative medicine possible. Although most people don’t think about it, age is the single greatest risk factor for nearly every major cause of death and disability in developed nations. This includes risk of diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, many types of cancer, and a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Indeed, the increase in risk of death from all of these disorders between age 25 and 65 dwarfs the increased risk associated with obesity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption combined. Yet, we typically don’t think about aging as a risk factor that can be modified. Research into the biology of aging is about to change that.

Trainees on the Genetic Approaches to Aging Training Grant utilize contemporary genetic and molecular genetic techniques to investigate the underlying mechanisms of aging, in order to help develop interventions that slow the aging process. 

All talks will be held in Foege N-130 (Bioengineering Conference Room)