Ouroboros is a community weblog for biologists of aging. The mission of the site is to provide timely, thoughtful and scholarly commentary on developments within the field, as they are reported in the literature and at relevant conferences.

The hope is that others working in the field will participate in the site: by reading the articles, commenting on them, and volunteering to contribute postings on subjects that interest them. If you’d like to get involved, contact the editor at [chrispatil][at][gmail.com].


While this blog was active, Chris Patil (ouroboros) was working as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Judith Campisi at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. His studies were generously supported by a Larry L. Hillblom Foundation fellowship in the biology of aging. Chris started Ouroboros; acts as the site’s chief editor; and is, at the moment, writing about himself in the third person. He moved on to the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked on the neuroscience of aging.

Today, Chris lives in Somerville, MA, where he works as a writer and scientific language editor. In his spare time, he is a candidate for the Mars One project—details at his blog Life on Mars, the Facebook page A Biologist on Mars, and via Twitter as @DoNotGoGently.

  • Contact: [chrispatil][at][gmail][dot][com] (Note: PR firms of any description: please don’t bother me; I don’t do solicited stories and I don’t provide free publicity for for-profit entities)
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Kristen Fortney (turritopsis) is a graduate student in computational biology at the University of Toronto, working in the lab of Igor Jurisica.

  • Contact: [kristen][dot][fortney][at][gmail][dot][com]


Mike Walsh (mikeisnt) is a graduate student at the UTHSC at San Antonio. He hopes to study mitochondrial dysfunction in brain aging at the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.

  • Contact: [walshme][at][uthscsa][dot][edu]



Contributors (currently inactive)

Scott Brouilette (An aged post-doc) is a post-doc at the William Harvey Research Institute in London under the guidance of Professor Ken Suzuki, an MD/PhD interested in cellular therapy for the treatment of heart failure. Scott’s primary interests are related to the role of telomere and telomerase biology in cardiovascular disease.


Elizabeth Ewen (lizewen) did her graduate work at Boston University studying muscle specific pathways regulated by the transcription factor, Mef2A. She hopes that her contributions to Ouroboros will help keep her motivated to maintain a calorie restricted diet. She is currently on hiatus while she finishes her Ph.D. thesis.



Lev Osherovich (yeastbeast) is now a senior writer at BioCentury Publications. Lev also blogs about wine, women, song, science, and life’s other pleasures at William Butler Yeast. During the time he blogged at Ouroboros, he was a postdoc at UCSF, working in the laboratory of Cynthia Kenyon. He was awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for his project studying insulin signaling in neurodegenerative protein misfolding diseases.

  • Contact: [yeastbeast][at][gmail][dot][com]


Matthew S. O’Connor (okee, a.k.a. Dr. Okie) is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, Bioengineering Department in the laboratory of Dr. Irina Conboy.

  • Contact: [okeewan][at][gmail][dot][com]




  1. Hi ouroboros or Chris,

    It was a real pleasure finding this page. I used to work on ageing during my doctoral studies here in Brazil (1994-1999). Now I’m planning to return to it and hope we can exchange some good information.
    Congratulations for the site!
    Carmen Carolina
    (from Porto Alegre,RS/BR)

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    Please visit the blog, write posts, and if you wish, please advertise it on your own blog.

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    Resident in Medical Genetics at McGill University

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