How did you get interested in aging, and what are your areas of relative expertise?
Background: Bachelor’s Nuclear Engineering. Master’s in Physics (Quantum Optics). Technically was doing a Ph.D but “mastered out”.
How I got interested in aging: Watched a Ray Kurzweil documentary, which led me to finding Aubrey on YouTube.
Expertise: Mostly just building random websites and projects that I think might be useful to the longevity industry or aging research. I track the development of longevity biotech companies closely. I’m trying to learn as much as I can about biotechnology/bioengineering. I have a secret ambition to start my own biotech startup one day.
I’ve been described as “having processed the highest amount of broad information about the world of anyone I know” and “having powers to transcend dunbar’s number” and an activator for early-stage people.
I know pretty much all the aging online communities and keep track of all the people (eg someone said “I know everyone”). I’m also on MANY other places online (starting with Quora).
Uhh you can google-stalk me for more. I’m a unicorn - I’m utterly unlike anyone else (though I do spend much of my time reading and not necessarily as much on doing my own thing [yet]). Longevity is what matters most, but I originally came from astronomy/climate science.
Main interest is being an agent to end technological stagnation to make LEV faster (this can be done through a huge array of different routes - but focusing on encouraging the boldness/courage of new people is big here - this is why the thiel fellowship had a uniquely important role in my psyche.)
**Background: ** First year phd student working on cardiovascular NAD metabolism.
Why I like aging: I was originally more interested in cardiovascular disease due to being born with a rather severe congenital heart disease. I wanted to learn how to help myself and others like me with cardiovascular disease to extend our lifespan and healthspans. I recently decided that the lowest hanging fruit in treating cardiovascular disease was to delay the aging process. So naturally became interested in all things aging. I see delaying of cardiovascular disease/aging as the “first generation” modality of aging therapeutics.
In the future I’d like to start a lab or company focused on " second generation" modality of aging therapeutics in the cardiovascular space. This would be centered around cardiac reprogramming or regeneration to turn fibrotic ventricles “young” and flexible again.
Background: Bachelor’s Mathematics, Bachelor’s Philosophy. Master’s in Biotechnology, Completed Stanford MOOCs on AI and ML.
How I got interested in aging: Misc articles I came across while searching PubMed for other articles got me intrigued. I started digging in deeper after coming across Longevity Market Cap website.
Expertise: I have some experience with building random websites, AWS cloud servers, and interests in startups. My actual coding skills are akin to a 4 yr old writing their name with a crayon. But I am fairly computer literate and can accomplish what I setout to do. I’m pretty good at seeing patterns in data and coming up with novel hypotheses. I’m good at data analysis of bioprocesses and figuring out the art side of biotech.
Background: Bachelors degree in Evolution & Ecology and Doctorate degree in Optometry. Spent 4 years Active Duty Army, then 1 year residency at a private ophthalmology practice. Currently on faculty at an academic medical institution, primarily clinical care.
How I got interested in aging: Read the publication “Reprogramming to recover youthful epigenetic information and restore vision.” and went down the rabbit hole from there. I’m very excited for the future of this technology given my fascination in biology and experience caring for patients that could benefit from this technology.
Expertise: Information about eyes, eyecare, healthcare delivery and evolutionary theory.
Background: Author of “Finding the Fountain: Why Government Must Unlock Biotech’s Potential to Maximize Longevity,” former US House and Senate Staffer, BA in government and history from Scripps College, MA in public affairs from Georgetown University, incoming MPhil in Public Policy student at Cambridge University.
How I got interested in aging: While working on healthcare reform in Congress I realized that changing insurance policies was not the full solution to America’s healthcare problems. The most effective way to reduce costs for the government and families - and to improve healthcare - is to tackle the diseases that make us the most sick and are the greatest financial burdens.
Expertise: I have an understanding of how Capitol Hill works and what needs to be done to increase government support for aging research.
why did you decide to go to britain?
Background: Bsc + Msc Informatics/Computer Science & Bsc Molecular Biology. 10 years software development experience, including 2 years startup founding engineer experience in Biotech company, Oslo Norway.
How I got interested in aging: For the last 10 years I’ve thought understanding aging mechanisms would become a reality in our lifetimes, and after reading Sinclair’s Lifespan I started actively pursuing opportunities.
Expertise: Expert software, AI, and data science professional, with fundamental understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology. Exploring opportunities in the space as co-founder and other ways to contribute to exciting projects! Direct message me!
Welcome, Simen! Really cool to have you here. Will DM you – I’m secretly building something that might be of interest to you.