Postdoc in modeling age-related diseases using worms and mice

Postdoctoral position in the kapahi lab- Modeling age-related diseases using C. elegans

The focus of the Kapahi Laboratory is to identify and characterize the mechanisms by which nutrients modulate aging and age-related diseases. This is being achieved by using an interdisciplinary approach combining genetic, pharmacological, biochemical and genomic approaches in invertebrate model systems C. elegans, D. melanogaster and mammalian cells. The broader significance of this research is to help uncover the role of nutrition in the etiology of age-related human diseases like diabetes, obesity and neurodegeneration. This position involves developing models for diabetic complications due to build up of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) using C. elegans, mice and cell culture model systems. The candidate will receive training in specific area(s) of research with the aim of progressing towards an independent career. For more questions regarding this position please e mail or visit

Selected publications

  1. Peripheral clocks modulate lifespan and fat metabolism upon dietary restriction. Katewa S., Akagi K., Camarella T., Brem R., Sehgal A., Giebulowicz J., Kapahi P. (accepted Cell Metabolism)
  2. Chen D, Melov S, Kapahi P. Germline Signaling Mediates the Synergistically Prolonged Longevity Produced by Double Mutations in daf-2 and rsks-1 in C. elegans. Cell Reports, 2013
  3. Katewa D, Demontis F, Kolipinski M, Hubbard A, Gill M, Perrimon N, Melov S, & Kapahi P (2012) Intra-myocellular triglyceride turnover plays a critical role in mediating responses to dietary restriction in Drosophila melanogaster. Cell Metabolism, 2012
  4. Rogers AN, Chen D, Czerwieniec G, McColl G, Felkey K, Melov S, Gibson B, Hubbard A, Lithgow GJ, Kapahi P. Post-transcriptional remodeling of longevity and stress response gene expression by inhibition of eIF-4G. Cell Metabolism, 2011
  5. Kapahi P, Rogers A, Chen D. Katewa SD, Li P, Kockel L. With TOR, less is more: The emerging role of the TOR pathway in aging. Cell Metabolism, 2011
  6. Zid BM, Rogers A, Katewa SD, Au Lu T, Benzer S, Kapahi P. 4E-BP modulates lifespan and mitochondrial translation upon dietary restriction in Drosophila. Cell, 2009.

The Buck Institute for Age Research is a non-profit biomedical research institute in Novato, located 20 miles north of San Francisco & Berkeley. The Buck Institute is the only independent institute in the U.S. devoted solely to research on aging and age-related diseases. Our mission is to increase the healthspan, the healthy years of life. Awarded a federal grant to establish interdisciplinary research in a new field called Geroscience, Buck scientists work in a unique, collaborative environment that allows scientists to initiate studies quickly and respond to new opportunities in fields such as stem cell research and regenerative medicine. The Buck Institute has excellent in-house proteomic, genomic and microscopy facilities. Our scientists represent a variety of complementary fields, including genetics, epigenetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioenergetics, age-associated disease; and technological disciplines such as genomics, proteomics, protein interaction networks and bio-informatics. The Buck Institute has an excellent postdoctoral research program. There are currently 200 employees, and plans to grow to 550 over the next decade. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, dynamic work environment, and new state-of-the-art facilities. For more information