Rozalyn Anderson

Dr. Rozalyn Anderson is a faculty member of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine. She is affiliated with the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Institute on Aging. She serves as Health Officer at the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Her research focuses on the fundamental biology of aging and what creates the age-associated increase in vulnerability to a spectrum of diseases and disorders including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegeneration.

Dr. Anderson is Director of the Metabolism of Aging program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and Associate Director of the Biology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases T32 training program. She is a member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center, the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the Morgridge Institute for Research, and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She is Co-Editor in Chief for the Journals of Gerontology Biological Sciences and serves on the editorial board for the journals Geroscience, EBioMedicine, and Nutrition and Healthy Aging. She is a Fellow and member of the Executive Committee of the American Aging Association and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Anderon’s honors and awards include the American Federation for Aging Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award, the Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging, and the Nathan Shock New Investigator Award for the Gerontological Society of America. Funding sources for her work include the National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Aging (NIH-NIA), Glenn Foundation for Medical Research/American Federation for Aging Research (Glenn/AFAR), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Anderson serves on several NIH special interest study sections and is a permanent member of the NIA-B study section. She mentors undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and fellows.

Dr. Anderson’s research focuses on understanding interconnections between nutrition, metabolism, health, and longevity. Reduced calorie intake without malnutrition, a strategy known as caloric restriction (CR), delays aging the onset of age-related disorders in many different species including yeast, worms, flies and mice. Dr. Anderson has shown that calorie restriction also has a beneficial effect in rhesus monkeys, improving survival and lowering the incidence of age-related diseases. The goal of the Anderson laboratory is to uncover the mechanisms behind CR; by identifying the key regulatory pathways recruited by CR, the team is focused on gleaning novel insights into disease etiology and what contributes to the increased risk for disease with age. These discoveries will enable new strategies to treat and prevent age-related diseases and conditions.