Education Department September 2023 Updates

Read more about SRF Education programs highlights and upcoming events.

Goodbye to our Summer Scholars who will be leaving in the month of September. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication.

Nandini Seth

Synder Lab

Emily Verran

Zheng Lab

Help us welcome the following Post-Baccalaureate Fellows who will be starting this month.

Bronwyn Mogck

Wiley Lab

September 1st

Laura Lin

Shah Lab

September 4th

Simon Garey

Boominathan Lab

September 5th

Congratulations to the winners of the speed presentations, Danielle Vansover and Sahiba Dogra. They each will present a 15-minute presentation at the Ending Aging Forum this fall. Great job!

Danielle Vansover

Rebbaa Lab

Sahiba Dogra

Boominathan Lab

— Sponsor a Student —

SENS Research Foundation (SRF) is launching its campaign Sponsor a Student to increase charitable donations that will allow it to hire more student researchers and teach them that aging is not indisputable. Sponsoring a student dramatically transforms a young person’s life, giving them a chance to conduct world-class research and learn more about the career that awaits them.

SRF is offering the opportunity to sponsor a PhD, Masters, postbaccalaureate, or a summer student with several perks to accompany each donation. In addition to knowing that you are helping transform a young person’s life, you can look forward to:

  • A designated student sponsorship is named in your honor for the 2024 summer or 2023-2024 school year.
  • Admission for 2 to SRF’s education sponsors event April 4th-6th, 2024, in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Two tickets to SRF’s annual scientific conference, Ending Aging Forum.
  • Postbaccalaureate sponsors will receive virtual invites to the sponsored student’s final presentation.
  • Your name is displayed on a plaque in our Research Center.

SRF is also offering even more perks based on contribution size. While the perks listed above are considered bronze tier, donations above $12,000 are regarded as silver tier, and donations above $50,000 are considered gold. Each tier will be accompanied by more benefits to the sponsor.

This program not only aims to transform young lives but to help propel the cutting-edge course of aging research, blazing a trail towards a future where aging is not an indisputable fate but a conquerable frontier.

— Our New Joint-PhD Program —

SRF Education team is thrilled to announce the launch of a joint Ph.D. program between the SENS Research Foundation and the University of Toledo Biological Sciences Department. This program offers a unique opportunity for aspiring researchers to pursue their doctoral degrees in the cutting-edge field of anti-aging research with a damage-repair approach. Students can expect to bridge the gap between academia and industry, collaboration, a five-year commitment, and innovative research.

Joint Collaboration: Students enrolled in this program will have the chance to conduct five years of research at the SENS Research Foundation Research Center in Mountain View, CA. While pursuing a Ph.D. from the esteemed University of Toledo’s Biological Sciences Department.

Comprehensive 5-Year Commitment: Students will benefit from a comprehensive, funded, commitment with a diverse range of coursework, expertly taught by the University of Toledo, with an immersive research program. Our students will be at the forefront of translational aging biology, exploring innovative pathways in the fight against age-related diseases.

Innovative Research Focus: The program centers around our damage-repair approach to aging. The scientific inquiry will be mentored by our distinguished scientists, with additional mentoring by SRF’s Director of Academic Affairs, and UT Alumnus, Dr. Lilli Fishman. Students will contribute directly to our projects to combat the effects of aging, making significant impacts on human health and expanding the field with new creative solutions to end aging. Similarly, as these students grow into our future leaders, the field of aging will benefit from a new generation growing whilst knowing that aging is a disease that can and must be cured.

Bridging Academia and Industry: One of the most pivotal decisions graduate students face, is the decision to pursue a future in academia or industry, but no longer do students need to choose. Our program offers a unique integration of academic rigor and industrial research with translational potential, providing students with a truly encompassing experience.

Complementary Neuroscience Bachelor’s Degree: As part of our collaboration with the University of Toledo, we are proud to align with their recent launch of a neuroscience bachelor’s degree. This synergy will complement our Ph.D. program seamlessly, opening new avenues for a deep and meaningful comprehensive education.

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