JOINED THE SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL IN 2009
Professor, Laboratory of Genetics, Vi and John Adler Chair
for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disease
The Salk Institute
University of California, San Diego
Dr. Gage’s lab showed that, contrary to accepted dogma, human beings are capable of growing new nerve cells throughout life. Small populations of immature nerve cells are found in the adult mammalian brain. The lab is working to understand how these cells can be induced to become mature functioning nerve cells in the adult brain and spinal cord. Dr. Gage and his colleagues have found that environmental enrichment and physical exercise can enhance neurogenesis, and they are studying the underlying mechanisms that may be harnessed to repair the aged and damaged brain and spinal cord. In addition, he models human neurological and psychiatric disease in vitro using human stem cells.
Dr. Gage joined The Salk Institute in 1995. Prior to joining Salk, he was a Professor of Neuroscience at UCSD. He received his Ph.D. in 1976 from The Johns Hopkins University.