Featuring Scientists of the Future 

The Symposium

A Day of Cutting Edge Science
April 3, 2019
08:30 am

The Buck Student Aging Symposium (BSAS) is an annual research conference hosted by the Graduate Student Society for the students of the Buck to present to the entire Buck community as they would at any other national or international conferences. All Buck researchers and administrators are invited and encouraged to attend, as this event showcases the hard work these students have performed during their stay at the Buck Institute. The day will feature talks by Master's and Doctoral students as well as a poster session open to all students. Each BSAS has featured a keynote speaker at the end of the day’s agenda (Dr. Irina Conboy in 2016, Dr. Daniel Promislow in 2017, Dr. Anne Brunet in 2018, and Dr. Caleb Finch coming in 2019).

A subsection of the Graduate Student Society meets weekly for months in advance to make this yearly conference possible. With great help from Molly Susag and Dr. Birgit Schilling and advising from Meagan Moore, Dr. Gordon Lithgow, and Dr. Robin Snyder, the committee works hard to plan the event agenda, find sources of funding, and coordinate with the Buck staff. With everyone’s help and support, BSAS has been able to grow in attendance as well as the activities planned, and the hope is to continue this growth for years to come!


The Organizers

Who are the BSAS committee members? 

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) strives to better the educational and social experience of the graduate students at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. The Buck Student Aging Symposium was initiated by the GSS to enrich the student experience at The Buck. All students are invited to provide their suggestions and input, and a subsection of the GSS (the BSAS committee) meets weekly after normal work hours to discuss and act upon the finer details of the event, such as inviting guest speakers, preparing the event agenda, and seeking donations.

This year’s BSAS committee is as follows:


Tyler Hilsabeck (Kapahi/Brem Labs)
Kenny Wilson (Kapahi Lab)
Serban Ciotlos (Melov/Campisi Labs)

Jesse Simons (Ellerby Lab) - alumnus of Dominican University

Angelina Holcom (Lithgow Lab)

Andrew Cruz (Verdin Lab)

Jacob Rose (Benz Lab)

Cagsar Apaydin (Jasper Lab)

Molly Susag - Administrative Supporter
Dr. Birgit Schilling - Faculty 

Lori Lee - Events Coordinator




Registration and Breakfast


Welcome Announcements​



Dr. Caleb Finch

University of Southern California

Title: The Exposome in Human Evolution


Master's Student Speaker Series

Geoffrey Meyerhof, Kapahi Laboratory (Dominican University of California)

Title: Dietary restriction enhances circadian amplitude and delays visual decline by enhancing phototransduction

Jacob Rose, Benz Laboratory (Dominican University of California)

Title: Modulating ERBB2 mRNA stability by HDACi and p300 HAT inhibition in ERBB2 overexpressing breast cancer cells

Cagsar Apaydin, Jasper Laboratory (San Francisco State University)

Title: Glial and neuronal-derived cytokines promote age-related loss of tissue homeostasis




PhD Student Speaker Series

Taekyu Kang, Brem Laboratory (2nd year, University of Southern California)

Title: Identification of genes involved in natural variation of stress resistance in species of Mus

Angelina Holcom, Lithgow Laboratory (2nd year, University of Southern California)

Title: The effect of tau aggregation on fecundity

Minna Schmidt, Andersen Laboratory (3rd year, University of Southern California)

Title: Diphyllin, a novel HIF1alpha inducer, confers neuroprotective effects in Parkinson's cell and worm models, as well as induces ATP13A2, a protein linked to the young onset form of Parkinson's disease, Kufer-Rakeb Syndrome

Tyler Hilsabeck, Kapahi/Brem Laboratories (3rd year, University of Southern California)

Title: Identifying genetic factors that determine stochastic death and rate of aging


Lunch, Poster Session, Vendor Show


Alumni Panel Session:

Renuka Sivapatham, Postdoctoral Fellow, Andersen/Lithgow Laboratories (University of Southern Denmark, Class of 2018)

Ryan Murphy, Senior Research Associate I, BioMarin (Dominican University, Class of 2014)

Mauricio Ortega, PharmD Candidate, Touro University (Dominican University, Class of 2016)


Jesse Simons, Research Associate II, Ellerby Laboratory (Dominican University, Class of 2017)


"Next Steps" Panel Seminar:

Sharyl Fyffe-Maricich, Director of Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, Ultragenyx


Laura Deming, Founder of Longevity Fund and AGE1


Sasha Igdari, Principal Scientist, BioAge Labs


Sabina Gude, Research Associate, Twist Bioscience


Gabriel Navarro, Senior Scientist, Brightseed


Closing Remarks and Award Presentation


Student Meet & Greet Session



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