As director of the Division of Aging Biology at the National Institute on Aging since April 2006, Felipe Sierra studies the science of aging and has helped lead the charge for more research in the field.
Sierra is also the founder and coordinator of the trans-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Geroscience Interest Group. It explores why aging is the major risk factor in most chronic age-related diseases, including Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer.
In 2013 and 2014, Sierra received NIH Director’s Awards for that effort.
A biochemist by training, he developed an interest in the biology of aging and previously worked as an assistant professor at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and an associate professor at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research in suburban Philadelphia.