In college I decided I was going to cure aging, switched my major to Biology, and joined a lab that studied genetic interventions that extend life span. Ten years later aging was not cured, and I was burned out on research. But I did discover that I enjoyed teaching. It is a fun intellectual puzzle to try to make a technical subject like Biology interesting, and I doubt I will ever get bored of it.
- BA, Biology, Hood College
- PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Southern California
- History of Microbiology
- Genetic Epidemiology
- Educational Psychology
- Open Science
Scholarly/Creative WorkHoe, N, Huang, C, Landis, G, Verhage, M, Ford, D, Yang, J, van Leeuwen F, Tower, J. (2011) Ubiquitin over-expression phenotypes and ubiquitin gene molecular misreading during aging in Drosophila melanogaster. Aging. 3 237-261.
Shen, J, Ford, D, Landis G, Tower, J. Identifying sexual differentiation genes that affect Drosophila life span. (2009) Biomed Central Geriatrics. 9: 56.
Grover, D, Ford, D, Brown, C, Hoe, N, Erdem, A, Tavare, S, Tower, J. Hydrogen peroxide stimulates activity and alters behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. (2009) PLoS One. 4 e7580.
Grover, D, Yang, J, Ford, D, Tavare, S, Tower, J. Simultaneous tracking of movement and gene expression in multiple Drosophila melanogaster flies using GFP and DsRED fluorescent reporter transgenes. (2009) Biomed Central Research Notes. 2: 58.
Curtis, C, Landis, G, Folk, D, Wehr, N, Hoe, N, Waskar, M, Abdueva, D, Skvortsov, D, Ford, D, Luu, A, Badrinath, A, Tavare, S, Levine, R, Bradley, T, Tower, J. Transcriptional profiling of MnSOD-mediated lifespan extension in Drosophila reveals a species-general network of aging and metabolic genes. (2007) Genome Biology. 8 R262.
Ford, D, Hoe, N, Landis, G, Tozer, K, Luu, A, Bhole, D, Badrinath, A, Tower J. Alteration of Drosophila life span using conditional, tissue-specific expression of transgenes triggered by doxycycline or RU486/mifepristone. (2007) Experimental Gerontology. 42 483-497.
Ford, D, Tower J. Genetic manipulation of life span in Drosophila melanogaster. (2006) Handbook of the Biology of Aging. Elsevier Inc. 400-414.
- Human Anatomy and Physiology