Advisory Committee

Daniel Belsky

Daniel Belsky, PhD

Dr. Belsky’s research sits at the intersection of public health, population & behavioral sciences, and genomics. His studies seek to understand how genes and environments combine to shape health across the life course. The goal of Dan’s work is to reduce social inequalities in aging outcomes in the US and elsewhere. Dan’s research in genetic epidemiology includes polygenic score studies of the development of obesity, asthma, smoking behavior, depression, and socioeconomic risk. His work in aging has focused on the development and analysis of algorithms to quantify the process of biological aging, especially in young and midlife adults.

Jerry Shay, PhD

Jerry Shay, PhD

Dr. Shay is the Vice Chairman of Cell Biology, an Associate Director of the Simmons’ NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and holds The Southland Financial Foundation Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics Research at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas. Dr. Shay’s seminal work on the relationships of telomeres and telomerase to aging and cancer is well recognized. Dr. Shay is on the Scientific Advisory Board for Reata Pharmaceuticals, Life Length, and is a Founding Scientist of Barricade Pharmaceuticals and THIO Therapeutics. He recently started a new company, Telos Biotech, that is using telomerase to improve immune cell function as part of normal aging and in diseases of telomere dysfunction.

Daniel Nettle

Daniel Nettle, PhD

Originally trained as a biological anthropologist, Daniel Nettle now works on a variety of health- and behavior-related topics in both humans and birds. He became interested in telomere dynamics as a way of capturing impacts of early-life factors on adult health. This lead to a series of studies modelling telomere dynamics in relation to environmental exposures, and investigating the best ways of analyzing telomere data. Nettle is a Professor in Newcastle University’s Population Health Sciences Institute.

Dan Eisenberg

Dan Eisenberg, PhD

Dan is a biological anthropologist who studies how evolution has shaped human biology. Dan’s research is primarily on telomere biology and has principally been in collaboration with population-based studies in non-western contexts such as the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey in the Philippines and the Tsimane’ Amazonian Panel Study in Bolivia. His telomere research particularly focuses on better understanding the fitness costs and benefits of long and short telomeres and intergenerational dynamics. Dan’s laboratory specializes in telomere length measurement and he has contributed multiple publications aimed at improving telomere length measurements and statistical analyses of telomeres. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington.

Sonja Entringer

Sonja Entringer, PhD

Dr. Entringer is a tenured Professor of Medical Psychology at the Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Development, Health and Disease Research Program of the University of California, Irvine. Her major academic interests are in the area of developmental programming of health and disease risk. She examines the interface between biological, social and behavioral processes in human pregnancy, with an emphasis on outcomes related to fetal development, birth outcomes, and subsequent newborn, infant and child development and health. Dr. Entringer is the recipient of several honors and awards, including recognition for her early-career contributions from the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology. She has been recently elected as a fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

Eileen Crimmins

Eileen Crimmins, PhD

Dr. Crimmins is the AARP Chair in Gerontology, and University Professor at the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California in Los Angles. She co-directs the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health, the NIA sponsored Biomarker Network, and the Multidisciplinary Research in Gerontology Training Program at USC.  She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her PhD in Demography from The University of Pennsylvania. Crimmins’ research is in the area of factors promoting healthy aging and healthy life expectancy which examines the interaction of trends in life expectancy and population health. She has received the Kleemeier award for research from the Gerontological Society of America and the Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award from the Section on Aging and the Lifecourse of the American Sociological Society.