Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally known geriatrician and gerontologist, was named NIA’s new Scientific Director, effective May 8, 2011. Dr. Ferrucci has served in NIA’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) as Chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section in the Clinical Research Branch since 2002, where he also directs the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA). Under his leadership, the BLSA has been reconceptualized and revitalized, based on new paradigms about how we age. Findings from this research are aimed at developing ways to reduce the burden of disease and disability for older people.
Dr. Max Guo has joined the Division of Aging Biology as Chief of the Genetics and Cell Biology Branch. He received his bachelor degree in biology from Peking University of China in 1985. He studied RNA splicing in Dr. Alan Lambowitz’ lab and received his PhD in biochemistry from the Ohio State University in 1992. He did his postdoctoral training on oncogenes with Dr. J. Michael Bishop at University of California, San Francisco. He was a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Oncology and the Director of the Microarray Center at the Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center of Johns Hopkins Medical School.
Max joined the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in 2002 as a Program Director of Genetics and Genomics. From 2005 to 2006, Max also worked as a Program Director of Genetics, Genomics, Gene Therapy, and Biotechnology in the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Since 2006, Max has served as a co-Leader of “Mechanism of Alcohol’s Action and Injury Team”, the Leader of “Informatics/Computation and Systems Biology Team” at NIAAA. He has also served as SBIR/STTR coordinator of NIAAA since 2006. He has been the Deputy Director, Division of Metabolism and Health Effects of NIAAA since 2008. Max has worked effectively in NIAAA’s trans-disciplinary organizational structure to promote the use of new technologies, alternative animal models, and integrated approaches to study alcohol-induced disorders.