Dr. Barzilai is a Geroscientist, a chaired Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Director of the biggest Center to study the Biology of Aging and the principal investigator of the Einstein Nathan Shock Center and the Glenn Center for excellence in Biology of Aging. He was the recipient of an NIH Merit Award aiming to extend the healthy life span in rodents through biological interventions. He also studies families of centenarians that have provided genetic/biological insights on the protection against aging. Several drugs are developed based, in part, on these paradigm-changing studies. He now leads the SuperAgers Initiative (https://www.afar.org/superagers) to recruit 10,000 centenarians and their families to validate and discover new longevity genes. He is also leading the TAME (Targeting/Taming Aging with Metformin) multi-center study to prove that multi-morbidities of aging can be delayed in humans and change the FDA indications to allow for next-generation interventions (https://www.afar.org/tame-trial). He is also leading an initiative to discover biomarkers of aging (FAST) that are changing with gerotherapeutics.
He is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed papers and a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the 2010 Irving S. Wright Award for Distinction in Aging Research. He is the 2018 recipient of the IPSEN Longevity award. He is on the board of American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), its scientific director, and a founding member of the Academy for Healthspan and Lifespan and The Longevity Biotech Association, and the Healthy Longevity Medicine Society. He co-founded CohBar and Lifebiosciences. He has been featured in prominent papers, podcasts, TV programs, and documentaries (3 TEDx and TEDMED). He has been consulting or presented the promise for targeting aging at The Singapore Prime Minister’s Office, the Prime Minister’s office in Israel, several International Banks, The Vatican (x2), Pepsico, Milken Institute (X3), Davos Economical Forum, and featured several times in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist and Wired Magazine. His book Age Later was published in June 2020.