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Daniel Ford

Daniel Ford

Associate Professor Biology


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

Research Interests

  • History of Microbiology
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Open Science


Hoe, 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.

Courses Taught

  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology


  • Biology