Yet another renowned expert has recently joined LEAF’s Scientific Advisory Board: Dr. Michael R. Rose, Ph.D.
Dr. Rose has been a professor of biology at the University of California, Irvine, since 1990, and since 2006, he’s also been the Director of the Network for Experimental Research of Evolution (NERE). He received his Ph.D. in biology in 1979 from the University of Sussex, and in the same year, he followed a NATO Science Fellowship, which led him to the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he worked at the Department of Genetics with James F. Crow. It was during this time that he focused his work on the concept of “antagonistic pleiotropy”—a phenomenon in which evolution selects for genes that cause beneficial traits early in life and deleterious traits later in life due to their positive effects on reproductive fitness. While antagonistic pleiotropy was first proposed by George C. Williams in 1957 as an evolutionary explanation for senescence, its name was coined by Dr. Rose.
Dr. Rose continued pursuing his interest in aging research even after that, particularly postponed aging, studying the relationships between physiology and evolution. In 1991, he published “Evolutionary Biology of Aging“, a book that offered an entirely new view of aging. The importance of this text was such that the journal Evolution described it as a milestone marking the “after Rose” age of gerontology. Many other books and publications followed that one, including “Darwin’s Spectre” and “Methuselah Flies“, a compendium of the research findings of his laboratories.
Besides aging, Dr. Rose’s research interests include human evolution, experimental evolution, the evolution of sex, Drosophila, and biological immortality. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award (UCI Biological Sciences) and the Busse Prize (World Congress of Gerontology), which he received in 1996 and 1997, respectively.
We at LEAF are honored that we can benefit from Dr. Rose’s presence on our advisory board, which will greatly help our mission.