Damon Runyon Researchers

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Felix C. Boos, PhD

Evidence that aging is driven by defined, regulated processes (rather than simple “wear and tear”) has sparked hope that we might target these processes to fight age-related diseases. A particularly exciting example is the regulation of protein homeostasis, or the balance between protein synthesis, folding, and degradation. Protein homeostasis is deregulated in both cancer and normal aging, but the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Dr. Boos will use the short-lived African turquoise killifish as a new model organism to study how different cells and tissues respond to protein misfolding, how they coordinate their responses, and how aging influences these pathways. This research will not only unravel fundamental mechanisms of aging, but also inform new strategies to fight multiple types of cancer. Dr. Boos received his PhD and his B.Ed. from the University of Kaiserslautern.

Project title: "Inter-organ communication of protein homeostasis stress responses in vertebrate aging"
Institution: Stanford University
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Anne Brunet, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Aging