Basic Biology of Aging at the University of Washington

Pre-Doctoral Openings

NIH T32 Genetic Approaches to Aging Training Grant 

Currently, there are no pre-doctoral openings.

The goal of our program is to train new independent investigators who will utilize molecular and genetic techniques to investigate the biology of aging. The objective this research is to elucidate the basic mechanisms underlying the process of aging and age-related changes in humans and in animal models of human aging. This includes investigations of the mechanisms responsible for the gradual or programmed alterations of structure and function that characterize normal aging, as well as how these adverse changes become risk factors for, or accompany, age-related conditions and disease states.

Before application, Pre-doctoral students must have chosen a mentor and have started a thesis project on a topic related to the Basic Biology of Aging.   

Faculty who currently participate in the training program are listed here. New faculty can be added if they can sponsor a strong aging-related project.

Typically Pre-doctoral trainees are supported for up to 4 years of research, contingent on satisfactory progress. A 5th year of continued pre-doctoral support is subject to a competitive renewal. Please note that the NIH stipulates that pre-doctoral students are eligible for up to a total of five (5) years support for all Kirschstein-NRSA institutional research training grants and fellowships (T32, T34, T35, F30, F31, F32, and F33). If you have received Prior Kirschstein-NRSA support your eligibility for support on this training grant will be limited to the years remaining to reach the 5 year total. 

The UW is a recognized leader in aging research with an extremely rich environment for aging-related science. The School of Medicine is home to one of only five NIH funded Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, as well as NIH Centers of Excellence for research on Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease and the newly launched Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute (HALo). In the past five years, approximately 70 UW Faculty have been awarded individual investigator grants from the National Institute on Aging, totaling more than $120 million dollars awarded. These resources have created a strong foundation and have allowed us to make dramatic progress in understanding the basic mechanisms of aging.

Openings and Deadlines:

  •  Positions usually start May 1 with an application deadline of March 1.

Positions open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. Other eligibility requirements must be met, please see the application procedures for a full list of eligibility requirements.

In scoring applications, we take into consideration the qualifications of the applicant and the mentoring environment, as well as how the research specifically relates to the biology of aging. Funding is at standard NIH stipend levels.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer