The ultimate goal of The Jafari Lab is to improve healthspan and increase lifespan!
The Science of Healthspan
Slowing the aging process delays the progression of age-related diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. The ultimate goal of our work is to improve healthspan and add healthy years to human life.
Over the past 14 years, using fruit flies, human cultured cells, and mice as as our model systems, we have developed an algorithm and a number of bioassays to identify compounds that increased lifespan and improved healthspan.
While some studies have shown that botanical extracts such as Rhodiola rosea and Rosa damascena may impact age-related diseases, there are large gaps in the human knowledge about the mechanisms through which these natural products modulate aging. Our research hopes to bridge that gap in knowledge.
Rhodiola rosea Improves Lifespan, Locomotion, and Neurodegeneration in a Drosophila melanogaster Model of Huntington’s Disease
The impact of Rhodiola rosea on the gut microbial community of Drosophila melanogaster
Life101 enhances healthy lifestyle choices in pre-health undergraduate students
A unique degree program for pre-pharmacy education: An undergraduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences