Why We Do It
We now know that aging is not inevitable. Over thirty years of research in the biology of aging using model organisms has shown that aging is plastic, tractable, and druggable—meaning it can be treated. It is our mission not only to increase health span and wellness, but to extend lifespan itself, well beyond what was once thought possible.
Who we are
An impassioned team of scientists bringing over 50 years combined experience to the front lines of age-related scientific discovery.
Simon Melov, PH.D
/ founder, CEO
Simon is a professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, with expertise in interventions to slow aging and improve health span and lifespan.
Simon obtained his B.Sc in Human Genetics at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He obtained his PhD from Imperial College, University of London in Biochemistry. Simon has held numerous awards from the NIH, as well as sponsored research programs from the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.
Gordon Lithgow, PH.D
Gordon is Chief Academic Officer at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and specializes in the properties of small molecules to extend lifespan, having been internationally recognized for his work on aging with numerous awards and prizes.
Gordon obtained his B.Sc and PhD at the University of Glasgow before working in pharmaceuticals. After several years, he rejoined academia to collaborate with Simon Melov, joining the Buck Institute in 2000, where the two have worked together ever since.
Mark Lucanic, PH.D
/ founder, CTO
Mark is an expert in small molecule and genetic screens and has significant experience with high throughput technologies, and has utilized simple model organisms to explore pharmacological extension of lifespan.
Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz where he graduated with highest honors. He earned his PhD studying developmental neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. Mark previously held a research assistant professor position at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
Edward O. Lanphier II
/ Executive Chair
Edward brings more than 30 years of experience in the biotech industry to Gerostate Alpha, with expertise in growing a biotech company from inception to a publicly traded company. Edward is the former CEO of Sangamo Therapetuics (SGMO), where he helped pioneer the field of genome editing.
He has substantial experience in developing therapeutics, from the bench to the bedside, and in addition to his role as founder and CEO of Sangamo, he formerly held positions in Synergen, Eli Lily, and was Chairman of the Board at Alliance for Regenerative Medicine.
/ B.Sc., Research Associate I
Theo began his science career in academic research as an undergraduate at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, screening molecules for lifespan extension. After graduating, he returned to the Buck Institute as a full-time research associate focused on small molecule screening and Caenorhabditis elegans longevity research. Theo received his B.Sc in neuroscience from The University of California, Riverside.
Dishant S. Bhatwala
/ B.TECH, M.Sc., Research Associate II
Dishant completed his training in Cancer Biology at UT MD Andersen Cancer Center with a focus on thyroid cancer research. He has extensive knowledge and experience in developing Microphysiological Systems (MPS), as well as considerable cell culture expertise in multiple cell types and systems.
Dishant received his Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from University of Pune, India and Master of Science in Biotechnology from University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston Texas.