With Aging Expert Dr. Nir Barzilai of Albert Einstein College of Medicine
and Professor Uri Lesmes of the Technion Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering
Do centenarians have genes that delay aging? Which foods could restore the fountain of youth? Join us for an intimate conversation with fellow Genesis Circle members about how to live longer in good health.
Technion alum Dr. Nir Barzilai will discuss his research in the genetics of longevity and drugs that could target aging. Prof. Uri Lesmes will share his work in innovative technologies aimed at manufacturing healthy and personalized foods for the elderly. His lab is equipped with bioreactors that mimic the human stomach to see the digestive process at various stages of life.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Dr. Nir Barzilai M.D. ’85 is the director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging Research at Harvard Medical School; and of the National Institutes of Health’s Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, and a professor in the departments of medicine and of genetics at Albert Einstein.
After serving in the Israel Defense Forces as chief medic, he earned his medical degree at the Technion’s Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, and conducted his residency at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Outside of academics, he has worked in a refugee camp during the war in Cambodia, and built a nutritional village in Kwazulu, South Africa, homeland of the Zulu people.
Associate Professor Uri Lesmes ’04, Ph.D. ’08 heads the Lab of Food Chemistry & Bioactives and the Food and Health Innovation Center in the Technion Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering. He is also an academic leader of the Israeli hub of the pan-European accelerator network promoting food startups. He has helped cook up eco-friendly food alternatives using insects and algae, as well as dietary fibers and antioxidants.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Prof. Lesmes earned his Technion degrees in biotechnology and food engineering. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Reading in England, and held appointments at the University of Massachusetts Amherst before joining the Technion in 2010.
This event is brought to you by the American Technion Society Planned Giving Committee.
Chairs: George Elbaum and Marc Bernstein