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Gorospe To Present Next Mahoney Lecture on Aging, Apr. 12

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Dr. Myriam Gorospe

Dr. Myriam Gorospe, a molecular biologist whose research is focused on studying the fundamental mechanisms of growing older, will deliver the next NIH Florence Mahoney Lecture on Aging, Apr. 12 at 2 p.m. ET, as part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.

Gorospe’s presentation, “Wisdom on Aging from the RNA World: Old Molecules in Young Roles,” will take place in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, and online at She will discuss studies on ribonucleic acids (RNAs) to illustrate how these ancient molecules shed light on the biology of aging and guide efforts to delay, reduce and prevent diseases and declines of old age.

Gorospe is chief of the RNA regulation section and the Laboratory of Genetics and Genomics at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Her research uses a range of cell and animal models to study aging-relevant processes controlling protein production. 

Post-transcriptional regulatory events directly influence gene expression programs underlying the normal physiologic declines and the pathologies of aging. Her lab investigates age-associated diseases by testing the impact of RNA-binding proteins and noncoding RNAs on gene regulation in pathologies of aging such as diabetes, obesity, sarcopenia, neurodegeneration and cancer.

A native of Spain, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s equivalent degrees in molecular biology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1990. She received her Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from the State University of New York in Albany in 1993. She then joined NIA for postdoctoral training. She has held many positions at NIA over the years from tenure-track investigator to her current position since 2014, and NIA senior advisor for faculty development in 2022.

Gorospe has been recognized for her research, receiving numerous awards, including the L’Oréal Women in Science Award, NIH Director’s Award, NIA Director’s Award for Diversity in Aging Research, NIH Honor Award for Tenure-Track and Assistant Clinical Investigator Mentoring Program and a special act award for mentoring tenure-track investigators.

Mahoney lectures are sponsored by NIA and named in honor of Florence Stephenson Mahoney (1899–2002), who devoted much of her life to successfully advocating for the creation of NIA and increased support for NIH.

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