Advisory Board

Dr. Michael R. Rose

Dr. Michael R. Rose is Professor at Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University Of California, Irvine. His main area of work has been the evolution of aging. He is known for experiments that substantially postpone aging in fruit flies.
His two main research interests right now are the evolution of late life and experimental evolution in Drosophila. He has studied both the evolution of mortality late in life and now especially the evolution of fecundity late in life. Together with Dr. L.D. Mueller, he has developed evolutionary theories for late life plateaus, sometimes called immortality, and tested them using Drosophila. Reverse evolution and laboratory adaptation have been major topics in experimental evolution that he has pursued with Mueller.
Michael’s most recent book is The Long Tomorrow: How Advances in Evolutionary Biology Can Help Us Postpone Aging published in 2005 by Oxford University Press. Other books include Evolution and Ecology of the Organism, Darwin’s Spectre, Evolutionary Biology in the Modern World, and Evolutionary Biology of Aging. He has also authored numerous articles in many journals.
Michael is on the Scientific Advisory Council of TransVio Technology Ventures. In 1997, he was awarded the Busse Research Prize by the World Congress of Gerontology. He was also awarded the President’s Prize by the American Society of Naturalists in 1992.
He is participating with Gregory Benford in the innovative Amazon Shorts program including the articles Motes in God’s Eye: The Deformities of American Science: One in a series on science and modern culture and We Can Build You: Transplantation, Stem Cells, and the Future of Our Bodies: First in a series of articles on the 21st Century biomedical revolution.
Michael received a Bachelor of Science (Honors, Biology) First Class in 1975 and a Master of Science (Biology) in 1976 at Queen’s University in Canada. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology in 1979 at University of Sussex in England.
Watch his SENS 3 presentation Slowing and then stopping aging.