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Manuel MORO

Manuel Moro
Title: Health Scientist Administrator
Office(s): Division of Aging Biology (DAB)
Phone Number: 301-496-6402
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Manuel Moro joined the Biological Resources Branch in the Division of Aging Biology at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in February 2017. His responsibilities focus on animal models of aging and the handling of several of NIA biological resources. Before joining NIA, he was a program official at the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) in the Office of the NIH Director, where he developed several initiatives related to the use of animals as models of several human diseases and conditions, developed biomedical research training initiatives, served as coordinator for almost all ORIP training programs for veterinarian-scientists, and served as the official representative for contracts supporting operations of the federal chimpanzee sanctuary and for NIH research chimpanzees.

Before joining the NIH, Dr. Moro was an assistant professor at the college of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University in Manhattan, where he worked in the immunopathology of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, including the development of new animal models to study these human pathogens.

Dr. Moro received his veterinary degree from the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru. He earned a masters in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, and a doctorate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in Ames. He also performed a fellowship in immunopathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Research Interests/Portfolio

Comparative Biology of Aging Program

  • Research on aging in underutilized vertebrates, specifically cohorts of heterogeneous genetic background, diverse life histories, and variable conditions of animal husbandry
  • Research on animals with specific and advantageous aspects of physiological overlap with human aging including naturally occurring functional deficits and multi-morbidities
  • Testing findings from inbred animals in outbred laboratory animals, domestic, and/or wild populations

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