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Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D.

Oliver Medvedik

About Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D.

Oliver Medvedik, Co-founder of Genspace citizen science laboratory in Brooklyn NY, earned his Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program. As part of his doctoral work he has used single-celled budding yeast as a model system to map the genetic pathways that underlie the processes of aging in more complex organisms, such as humans. Prior to arriving in Boston for his doctoral studies, he has lived most of his life in New York City. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Hunter College, City University of New York. Since graduating from Harvard, he has worked as a biotechnology consultant, taught molecular biology to numerous undergraduates at Harvard University and mentored two of Harvard’s teams for the international genetically engineered machines competition (IGEM) held annually at M.I.T. Oliver is also the Director of The Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering at the Cooper Union, New York City. The Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering is open to all Cooper Union faculty and students working on bioengineering projects requiring equipment and space for tissue culture, genetic engineering, biomechanics, and related research. Faculty that is currently using the facility are pursuing groundbreaking biomedical research in such fields as biomedical devices, tissue engineering, obstructive sleep apnea biomechanics also collaborating with several major New York City-based hospitals. The Kanbar Center continues to provide space for undergraduate teams participating in the international genetically engineered competition (iGEM) during the summer, as well as space for courses that offer a biological laboratory component.

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October 02, 2019
The topic for the September edition of the Journal Club was the recent human trial of the senolytic agents dasatinib and quercetin. For the researchers at the Mayo Clinic, this was a follow-on study from their previous human trial targeting IPF. This time the researchers ran a study to see how senolytics influenced diabetic kidney...
August 31, 2019
The Journal Club on August 27 was hosted by Dr. Oliver Medvedik and special guest Dr. Alexander Tyshkovskiy, who works at the Gladyshev at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston. The topic was the recent paper "Identification and Application of Gene Expression Signatures Associated with Lifespan Extension" published in Cell Metabolism. This study...
June 23, 2019
For the June edition of Journal Club, Dr. Oliver Medvedik and guests took a look at the recent human trial of urolithin A, a metabolite produced by microflora and an active ingredient in pomegranates that is linked to increased levels of mitophagy in aged animals. Urolithin A is a byproduct created when bacteria in the...
June 18, 2019
For the June edition of Journal Club, Dr. Oliver Medvedik and guests will be taking a look at the recent human trial of Urolithin A, a metabolite produced by microflora and an active ingredient in pomegranates which is linked to increased levels of mitophagy in aged animals. Join us at 13:00 EDT on our Facebook channel where...
April 22, 2019
On April 30th at 13:00 EST the Journal Club will be discussing the recent paper from the Salk Institute. The findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, showcase a novel CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing therapy that can suppress the accelerated aging observed in mice with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. This treatment provides an important insight into the molecular pathways...
March 25, 2019
The March Journal Club hosted by Dr. Oliver Medvedik focused on a recent study that showed transplanting the bone marrow of young laboratory mice into old mice prevented cognitive decline in the old mice, preserving their memory and learning abilities. These findings support the idea that cognitive decline is in part due to the aging of blood cells,...