Research Development Core

William Sonntag, Ph.D. Director


William Sonntag, Ph.D. Director

Reynolds Oklahoma Center for Aging

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Ann Chiao, Ph.D.


Ann Chiao, Ph.D.

Aging & Metabolism Research Program

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Core Overview

The Oklahoma Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Biology of Aging provides access to expertise, instruments and facilities designed to ensure that investigators have access to cutting edge resources to solve the complex problems of aging and age-related disease. Researchers are invited to collaborate with our nationally recognized experts and use cores and resources that we have developed over the past 10-15 years. In many cases our collaborators can use the resources of the center at no cost by submitting an application through the Research Development Core of the Oklahoma Shock Center on Aging. These NIA sponsored funds are typically reserved for junior faculty members at the early stages of their career although more senior investigators that are new to the aging field also may be eligible for funding. Alternatively investigators can use the cores on a fee-for-service or collaborative basis after consultation with the director of the research core.

Early Career Scientists/New Faculty

The Oklahoma Nathan Shock Center encourages early career scientists and new faculty members to contact us. Our goal is to help expand your research efforts in aging related research. Our faculty has expertise in proteomics, oxidative stress, DNA methylation and bioinformatics and would be enthusiastic to work with you. In addition, our scientific team is available to help you focus your research question and assist with developing grant applications to NIH or other organizations.

Senior Researchers

Senior investigators studying age-related diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes etc) can expand their research into the evolving area of Geroscience (the interactions between aging and age-related disease) by establishing new cross-disciplinary collaborations with our center. Investigators at the Oklahoma Nathan Shock Center are available to discuss ideas and/or help formulate specific scientific questions that are of interest to the aging community. The cores available in our center may be able to assist with specific assays that accelerate scientific progress in this critical area.

Scientific Teams

Our scientists can assist diverse scientific teams with integration of theory and the design of aging studies. In addition, the Oklahoma Nathan Shock Center has a high level of expertise in designing and writing grant applications. We are available to help you develop the highest quality science and obtain the most reliable results for your studies.  

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