Aging is a natural process that can make our lives rather difficult and brings about many questions. Why do we age? How can we stop or slow down aging? How much of it is the environment and how much of it is our genetics? In our class we will address different studies and theories about the aging process. For example, we will discuss the role of oxygen free radicals and DNA damage in aging. We will also describe the use of model organisms to study aging, and address some illnesses that accompany aging, such as cancer and diabetes. We may not be able to tell you how to live forever, but we may have some ideas about the future.
Dr. Pam Padilla will be joined by Dr. Ron Mittler. They will be teaching a class on aging this fall through the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UNT.
Dr. Padilla received her PhD from the University of New Mexico, conducted research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and is currently Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies.
Dr. Mittler got his BA from the Hebrew University, Israel and his PhD from Rutgers University, NJ. He has been a Full Professor at The University of North Texas since 2010. Padilla and Mittler each have active research programs.