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Search Program Faculty/Research

Adam Salmon, Ph.D.



Dr. Adam Salmon's lab is focused on understanding the basic biology of aging by using targeted interventions to delay the aging process in mammals. Specifically, understanding how the inhibition of the mTOR signaling pathway can be used to delay aging and improve health. 

We use both rodents and non-human primates as model systems to address these questions. Some key questions that we address are 1) does mTOR inhibition have similar effects in both model systems, 2) can diet interact with the pro-longevity effects of mTOR inhibition, 3) could multi-drug treatments be used to promote longevity and reduce potential side-effects.

Another focus is determining whether modulation of oxidative stress could regulate healthy lifespan; i.e., does reduction of oxidative stress slow the development of age-related disease? 

In particular, we are interested in studying the role of oxidative stress and protein oxidation in the development of metabolic dysfunction with age and obesity. 

The oxidative stress theory of aging has been one of the most prominent theories of why organisms age. Both aging and increased fat accumulation promote dysregulation of glucose metabolism, alterations in adipose tissue homeostasis, and declines in cellular function that are detrimental to overall health. Metabolic diseases like Type 2 diabetes currently affect a significant proportion of the world's population and their prevention could certainly lead to longer, healthier lives.

Selected publications:

Liu R, Pulliam DA, Liu Y, Salmon ABDynamic differences in oxidative stress and the regulation of metabolism with age in visceral versus subcutaneous adipose. Redox Biol. (2015). in press.

Salmon AB, Lerner C, Ikeno Y, Motch Perrine S, McCarter R, Sell C. Altered metabolism and resistance to obesity in long-lived mice producing reduced levels of IGF-1. Am J Physiol Endo Metabol 308(7):E545-E553. (2015). PMCID: PMC4385875.

3.Zhang Y, Fischer KE, Soto V, Liu Y, Sosnowska D, Richardson A, Salmon ABObesity-induced oxidative stress, accelerated functional decline with age and increased mortality in mice. Arch Biochem Biophys 576:39-48. (2015). PMCID: PMC4456198.

Liu Y, Diaz V, Fernandez E, Strong R, Ye L, Baur JA, Lamming DA, Richardson A, Salmon ABRapamycin-induced metabolic defects are reversible in both lean and obese mice. Aging (Albany, NY) 6(9):742-754.(2014). PMCID: PMC4221917.

Tardif S, Ross C, Bergman P, Fernandez E, Javors M, Salmon A, Spross J, Strong R, Richardson A. Testing efficacy of administration of the anti-aging drug rapamycin in a non-human primate, the common marmoset. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 70(5):577-588. (2015). PMCID: PMC4400395

Edrey YH, Salmon ABRevisiting an age-old question regarding oxidative stress. Free Rad Biol Med 71C:368-378. (2014). PMCID: PMC4049226.

Liu Y, Qi W, Richardson A, Van Remmen H, Ikeno Y, Salmon ABOxidative damage associated with obesity is prevented by overexpression of CuZn- or Mn-superoxide dismutase. Biochem Biophys Res Comm 438(1):78-83. (2013). PMCID: PMC3768142.

Styskal J, Nwagwu FA, Watkins YN, Liang H, Richardson A, Musi N, Salmon ABMethionine sulfoxide reductase A affects insulin resistance by protecting insulin receptor function. Free Rad Biol Med 56:123-32. (2013). PMCID: PMC3578155.

Salmon AB, PĂ©rez VI, Bokov A, Jernigan A, Kim G, Zhao H, Levine RL, Richardson A.Lack of methionine sulfoxide reductase A in mice increases sensitivity to oxidative stress but does not diminish lifespan. FASEB J 23(10):3601-8. (2009). PMCID: PMC2747676.

Salmon AB, Leonard SL, Masamsetti V, Pierce A, Podlutsky AJ, Podlutskaya N, Richardson A, Austad SN, Chaudhuri AR. The long lifespan of two bat species is correlated with resistance to protein oxidation and enhanced protein homeostasis. FASEB J 23(7):2317-2326. (2009). PMCID: PMC2704589.

Assistant Professor with Tenure

Department of Molecular Medicine

Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies


Ph.D., Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan, 2007

M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, 2000

B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, 1997



Phone: (210) 562-6136

Graduate Students

Johnathan Dorigatti