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Steve Austad, Ph.D.

The biology of aging • Evolution • Ecology of infectious diseases • Scientific communication • Longevity of life

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steve austad experts 2017Steve Austad, Ph.D.

Protective Life Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research, Department of Biology


Areas of expertise:

  • The Biology of Aging
  • Evolution
  • Ecology of Infectious Diseases
  • Scientific Communication
  • Longevity of Life



Austad, a leader in aging research, explains fundamental molecular mechanisms that control aging in many life forms, including humans. His research interests lend expertise to the biology of aging, evolution, ecology of infectious diseases, scientific communication and longevity of life. The long-term goal of his research is to develop treatments to slow the aging process, thus keeping people fit and healthy longer.

Austad has a 16-year old bet that someone born before 2001 will reach the age of 150. The stakes could net hundreds of millions of dollars to the winner's descendants in 2150.



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