Karen Ring Ph.D. SAGE Founder, Former Editor

Karen was a Postdoc in Lisa Ellerby’s lab at the Buck Institute. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from UCSF. Karen was co-founder of the Science of Aging blog, an editor, and contributing author. Karen is now the website and social media manager for the California Institute or Regenerative Medicine.


Rob O’Brien Ph.D. SAGE Founder and Former Editor

Rob was a Postdoc in Lisa Ellerby’s lab at the Buck Institute. Prior to his post-doc he earned a PhD from the University of California San Diego. He was a co-founder of SAGE and a former editor. Rob is now a scientist at Unity Inc. founded by Dr. Judy Campisi of the Buck Institute.


Matthew Laye

Matthew Laye Ph.D. Contributor 

Matthew was a Postdoc in Pankaj Kapahi’s lab at the Buck Institute. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance.  His current research agenda is to develop interventions which can increase physical activity levels. He maintains a blog about his running exploits (, writes for various periodicals about exercise science, coach ultrarunners, and train for crazy 100 mile races.




Brandon Tavshanjian, Ph.D. Editor

Brandon was a Postdoctoral fellow with Robert E. Hughes at the Buck Institute, where he was trying to validate new drug targets for treating Huntington’s disease, a particularly severe, genetic, early-onset neurodegenerative disease.  He holds a Ph.D from the University of California, San Francisco, where he studied and developed inhibitors for signaling enzymes that contribute to cancer and viral infection.