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Gene associated with human longevity topic of online seminar


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It’s a look into longevity at the next Math + Science + X Seminar, “Novel Protective Effect of the FOXO3 Longevity Genotype on Mechanisms of Cellular Aging in Okinawans: A Comparison by Age and Sex,” 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 8, via Zoom.

The presentation features Trevor Torigoe, an M.D.-Ph.D. candidate at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). He is currently in a research year from medical school while finishing his final year of doctoral research and graduation requirements in Developmental and Reproductive Biology. Over his seven years of research at JABSOM, he has worked on projects ranging from cellular biology, such as stem cells, cellular aging, and genetics, to anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics.

According to a description of the seminar, Torigoe’s doctoral research focuses on a genetic polymorphism in the gene FOXO3 that has been associated with human longevity. His current research is based in cellular biology including telomeres, telomerase, and stem cells and how these are integral to the aging process and longevity.

Torigoe will use his research, which is founded in translational clinical applications with populations in Okinawa, as a background to demonstrate how both the research and clinical theaters of medicine are required to work together in order to increase knowledge of how the human body works and best provide care for patients.

Math + Science + X seminars help Mathematics, Natural, and Health Sciences faculty at UH West Oʻahu promote fascinating, interesting, and current topics that are happening in STEM. STEM community members around the island, mainland, and within the university are invited to give presentations. Each seminar is geared to introduce UH West Oʻahu undergraduates, faculty, staff, and interested community members to a variety of research and career development or opportunities.

Click here to join the event. Zoom meeting ID is 920 1538 4200 and passcode is MSX2022. For more information, email