Antonei B. Csoka, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at Howard University, Washington DC, where he directs the Epigenetics Laboratory. Dr. Csoka received his B.S. in Genetics from the University of Newcastle, U.K., his M.S. in Molecular Pathology from the University of Leicester, U.K., and his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Debrecen, Hungary. He performed postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco, where he cloned the human hyaluronidase genes, which are involved in fertilization, embryonic development, and cancer. As a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University, Dr. Csoka was a member of
As a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University, Dr. Csoka was a member of team that identified the causative gene for Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (Progeria), a disease with many features of “accelerated aging.” The identification of the gene for Progeria is providing many insights into the mechanisms of normal aging. At Howard, Dr. Csoka is developing animal models of progeria, studying the role of cellular senescence in human aging, and investigating the potential of stem cells, cellular reprogramming and epigenetic rejuvenation for the treatment of age-related diseases.