Basic Biology


Scientists from multiple programs across Johns Hopkins are working to increase the length of time that older adults spend in good health without cognitive or functional decline through developing a better understanding of the biological basis of aging.  Toward that end, the Human Aging Project will support faculty scholars working on biological questions and serve as a hub for scientific investigations with a focus on understanding the biology that drives human aging and how these discoveries can be utilized to prevent and treat conditions that impact function and cognition of older adults.

Current Research

Addressing Disparities in Genetic Research

Rasika Mathias, Sc.D., is a genetic epidemiologist who is dedicated to ending health disparities by broadening genetics studies to include diverse populations.

Oxidant Stress and Aging

Mark Anderson, M.D., director of the Department of Medicine and physician-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has focused his research on the role of the protein CaMKII (Ca2+/calmodulin dependent kinase II) in heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias.