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Gil Atzmon, Ph.D.

Dr. Gil Atzmon

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics

 

Professional Interests

Dr. Gil Atzmon is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA. He is also a member of the Institute for Aging Research (IAR) and the Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC) as well as Genetic Department at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A graduate in Population Genetics from Hebrew University, he completed his fellowship in Human Genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he then joined as a faculty and rose to the rank of Associate Professor. As Associate Professor of Medicine at Einstein, Dr. Atzmon's focus is in a new and challenging field involving the role of epigenetics in diseases, aging and longevity. Dr. Atzmon's work has provided the foundation for the genetic approaches of the Institute of Aging. The foremost focus of Dr. Atzmon's research career has been the understanding of the association of the whole genome to disease, performance, health and longevity. Dr. Atzmon has international collaborated with scientists and researchers across the world. He had more than 60 scientific publications in leading scientific journals. He was invited to present his work in numerous international scientific conferences and meetings. He has been an expert reviewer for many leading scientific journals on genetics and genomics. He is also on the editorial board of couple of journals including the International Journal of Case Report and Images.

 

Selected Publications

  1. Ben-Avraham D, Muzumdar RH, Atzmon G. Epigenetic-genome wide association (EWAS) methylation in aging and longevity. Epigenomics 2012. 
  2. Derasmo M, Budagov T, Atzmon G. Telomere length and telomerase activity; a yin and yang of cell senescence. J Vis Exp. 2012. 
  3. Wan JX, Atzmon G, Hwang D, Barzlai N, Kratzsch J, Strasburger CJ, Cohen P. Growth hormone receptor (GHR) exon-3 polymorphism status detection by dual enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). JCEM 2012. IF-6.
  4. Gombar S, Jung HJ, Dong F, Calder B, Atzmon G, Barzilai N, Tian XL, Pothof J, Hoeijmakers JHJ, Campisi J, Vijg J, Suh Y. Comprehensive microRNA profiling in B-cells of human centenarians by massively parallel sequencing. BMC genomics 2012, 13(1):353. 
  5. Campbell CL, Palamara PF, Dubrovsky M, Botigué LR, Fellous M, Atzmon G, Oddoux C, Pearlman A, Hao L, Henn BM, Burns E, Bustamante CD, Comas D, Friedman E, Pe'er I, Ostrer H. North African Jewish and non-Jewish populations form distinctive, orthogonal clusters. PNAS 2012, 109(34):13865-70.  
  6. Kato K, Zweig R, Barzilai N, Atzmon G. Positive Attitude Towards Life and Emotional Expression as Personality Phenotypes for Centenarians. Aging 2012.
  7. Broer L, Demerath EW, Garcia ME, Homuth G, Kaplan RC, Lunetta KL, Tanaka T, Tranah GJ, Walter S, Arnold AM, Atzmon G, Harris TB, Hoffmann W, Karasik D, Kiel DP, Kocher T, Launer LJ, Lohman KK, Rotter JI, Tiemeier H, Uitterlinden AG, Wallaschofski H, Bandinelli S, Dörr M, Ferrucci L, Franceschini N, Gudnason V, Hofman A, Liu Y, Murabito JM, Newman AB, Oostra BA, Psaty BM, Smith AV, van Duijn CM. Association of heat shock proteins with all-cause mortality. Age (Dordr). 2012 May 4. [Epub ahead of print]. 
  8. Huffman DM, Deelen J, Ye K, Bergman A, Slagboom EP, Barzilai N, Atzmon G. Distinguishing between longevity and buffered-deleterious genotypes for exceptional human longevity: The case of the MTP gene. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012 Apr 10. [Epub ahead of print].
  9. Conneely KN, Capell BC, Erdos MR, Sebastiani P, Solovieff N, Swift AJ, Baldwin CT, Budagov T, Barzilai N, Atzmon G, Puca AA, Perls TT, Geesaman BJ, Boehnke M, Collins FS. Human longevity and common variations in the LMNA gene: a meta-analysis. Aging Cell, 11(3):475-481, 2012.
  10. Atzmon G, Lai JYC, Melamed ML, Hostetter TH, Crandall JP, Barzilai N, Bitzer M. Family History of Exceptional Longevity is associated with lower serum uric acid levels. JAGS, 60(4):745-50, 2012.
  11. Kenny EE, Pe’er I, Karban A, Ozelius L, Mitchell AA, Meng Ng S, Erazo M, Ostrer H, Abraham C, Abreu MT, Atzmon G, Barzilai N, Brant S, Burns ER, Chowers Y, Clark LN, Darvasi A, Doheny D, Duerr RH, Eliakim R, Giladi  N, Gregersen PK, Hakonarson H, Jones MR, McGovern DPB, Mulle J, Orr-Urtreger A, Proctor DD, Pulver A, Rotter JI, Silverberg MS, Ullman T, Warren ST, Waterman M, Zhang W, Bergman A, Mayer  L, Katz S, Desnick RJ, Cho JH, Peter I. A Genome-Wide Scan of Ashkenazi Jewish Crohn’s Disease Suggests Novel Susceptibility Loci. PLoS Genetics, 8(3):e1002559, 2012.
  12. Tabatabaie V, Atzmon G, Rajpathak SN, Freeman R, Barzilai N, Crandall J. Exceptional longevity is associated with decreased reproduction. Aging. 3(12):1202-5, 2011.
  13. Hansen BC, Shamekh R, Budagov T, Linden E, Pessin J,  Atzmon G. The rhesus monkey: a nonhuman primate model for T2DM associated gene screening.J Diabetes Metab, 2:150. 2011.
  14. Velez C, Palamara PF, Guevara-Aguirre J, Hao L, Karafet T, Guevara-Aguirre M, Pearlman A, Oddoux C, Hammer M, Burns E, Pe'er I, Atzmon G, Ostrer H. The Impact of Converso Jews on the Genomes of Modern Latin Americans. Human genetics, 131(2):251-63. 2012.
  15. Walter S, Atzmon G, Demerath EW, Garcia ME, Kaplan RC, Kumari M, Lunetta KL, Milaneschi Y, Tanaka T, Tranah GJ, Völker U, Yu L, Arnold A, Benjamin EJ, Biffar R, Buchman AS, Boerwinkle E, Couper D, De Jager PL, Evans DA, Harris TB, Hoffmann W, Hofman A, Karasik D, Kiel DP, Kocher T, Kuningas M, Launer LJ, Lohman KK, Lutsey PL, Mackenbach J, Marciante K, Marmot M, Psaty BM, Reiman EM, Rotter JI, Seshadri S, Shardell MD, Smith AV, van Duijn C, Walston J, Zillikens MC, Bandinelli S, Baumeister S, Bennett DA, Ferrucci L, Gudnason V, Kivimaki M, Murabito JM, Newman AB, Tiemeier H, Yongmei L, Franceschini N. A Genome-Wide Association Study of Ageing. Neurobiology of Aging, 32(11): 2109.e15-e28,2011.
  16. Rajpathak SN, Liu J, Ben-David O, Reddy S, Atzmon G, Crandall J, Barzilai N. Lifestyle Factors among People with Exceptional longevity. JAGS,
  17. Moorjani P, Patterson N, Hirschhorn JN, Hao L, Atzmon G, Burns E, Keinan A, Osterer H, Price A, . The history of African gene flow into Southern Europeans, Levantines and Jews. PLoS Genet 7(4): e1001373, 2011.
  18. Barzilai N, Gabriely I, Atzmon G, Suh Y, Rothenberg D and Bergman A. The promise of human genetics in preventing ageing-related disease. JCEM, 95(10):4493-500. Erratum in: JCEM. 2011;96(6):1908, 2010.
  19. Muzumdar RH, Huffman DM, Calvert JW, Jha S, Weinberg Y, Cui L, Nemkal A, Atzmon G, Gundewar S, Yong Ji S, Lefer DJ. Acute Humanin Therapy Attenuates Myocardial Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury in Mice. ATVB. 30(10):1940-8, 2010.
  20. Einstein FH, Huffman DM,Fishman S, Jerschow E, Heo HJ, Atzmon G, Barzilai N, Muzumdar RH. Aging per se Increases the Susceptibility to Free Fatty Acid-Induced Insulin Resistance. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 65(8):800-8, 2010. 
  21. Thompson RF, Atzmon G, Liang HQ, Lowes C, Greally JM, Barzilai N. Tissue-specific dysregulation of DNA methylation in aging. Aging cell, 9(4):506-18, 2010.
  22. Cai G, Atzmon G, Naj A, Beecham GW, Barzilai N, Haines JL, Sano M, Pericak-Vance M, Buxbaum JD. Evidence against a role for rare ADAM10 mutations in sporadic Alzheimer Disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 33(2):416-417, e3, 2012.
  23. Atzmon G, Hao L,  Pe'er I, Velez C, Pearlman A, Palamara P, Morrow B, Friedman E, Oddoux C, Burns E, Ostrer H. Abraham’s Children in the Genome Era: Major Jewish Diaspora Populations Comprise Distinct Genetic Clusters with Shared Middle Eastern Ancestry. AJHG, 86(6):850–9, 2010. 
  24. Schechter CB, Barzilai N, Crandall JP, Atzmon G. Reduced Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein Levels Is Associated with Decreased Blood Pressure. Mayo Clinic Proceeding, 2010.
  25. Neuman RJ, Wasson J, Atzmon G, Budagov T, Sun L, Barzilai N, Blech I, Glaser B, Permutt MA.Gene-Gene Interactions Lead to Higher Risk for Development of Type 2 Diabetes in Genetically Homogenous Versus Heterogeneous Populations. PLoS One, 26;5(3):e9903, 2010.
  26. Atzmon G, Cho M,Cawthon RM, Budagov T, Katz M, Yang X, Siegel G, Bergman A, Huffman DM, Schechter CB, Wright WE, Shay JW, Barzilai N, Govindaraju DR, and Suh Y. Evolution in Health and Medicine Sackler Colloquium: Genetic variation in human telomerase is associated with telomere length in Ashkenazi centenarians. PNAS, 107(1):1710-1717, 2010.
  27. Sebastiani P, Montano M, Puca A, Timofeev N, Kojima T, Wang MC, Melista E, Meltzer M, Fischer SEJ, Anderson S, Hartley S, Sedgewick A, Arai Yasumichi, Bergman A, Barzilai N, Terry DF, Riva A, Anselmi CV, Malovini A, Kitamoto A, Sawabe M, Arai T, Steinberg MH,  Hirose N, Atzmon G, Ruvkun G, Baldwin CT & Perls TT. RNA Editing Genes Associated with Extreme Old Age in Humans and Lifespan in C. elegans. PLoS One, 4 (12): e8210, 2009.
  28. Peeters RP (Editorial). Thyroid Function and Longevity: New Insights into an Old Dilemma. JCEM, 94(12):4658-60, 2009.
  29. Atzmon G, Barzilai N, Surks MI, Gabriely l. Genetic Predisposition to Elevated Serum Thyrotropin is Associated with Exceptional Longevity. JCEM, 94(12):4768-75, 2009.
  30. Pawlikowska L, Hu Donglei , Huntsman S, Sung A, Chu C, Chen J, Reiner A, Atzmon G, Barzilai N, Psaty B, Hsueh W-C, Cummings S, Browner W, Kwok P-Y, Ziv E. Association of common genetic variation in the IGF1 signaling pathway with human lifespan. Aging cell, 8(4):460-72, 2009.
  31. Muzumdar RH, Huffman DM, Atzmon G, Buettner C, Cobb LJ, Fishman S, Budagov T, Cui L, Einstein FH, Poduval A, Hwang D, Barzilai N, Cohen P. Humanin: a novel central regulator of peripheral insulin action. PLoS one, 4(7):e6334, 2009.
  32. Walston JD, Matteini AM, Nievergelt C, Fallin DM, Barzilai N, Ziv E, Pawlikowska L, Kwok P, Cummings SR, Kooperberg C, LaCroix A, Russell PT, Atzmon G, Lange EM, Reiner AP. Inflammation and Stress-Related Candidate Genes, Plasmainterleukin-6 Levels, and Longevity In Older Adults. Experimental Gerontology, 44(5):350-5, 2009.
  33. Atzmon G, Barzilai N, Hollowell JG, Surks MI, Gabriely I. Extreme Longevity is Associated with Increased Serum Thyrotropin. JCEM, 94(4):1251-4, 2009.
  34. Shlush LI, Atzmon G, Weisshoff R, Behar D, Yudkovsky G, Skorecki K, Barzilai N. Ashkenazi Jewish Centenarians do not Demonstrate Enrichment in Mitochondrial Haplogroup J. PLoS One. 3(10):e3425, 2008.
  35. Muzumdar R, Allison DB, Huffman DM, Ma X, Atzmon G, Einstein FH, Fishman S, Poduval AD, McVei T, Keith SW, Barzilai N.Visceral Adipose Tissue Modulates Mammalian Longevity. Aging Cell. 7(3):438-40, 2008.
  36. Einstein FH, Bauman J, Fishman S, Thompson R, Atzmon G, Barzilai N, Muzumdar RH. Enhanced Activation of ‘Nutrient-Sensing pathway’ with Age Contributes to the Insulin Resistance and Inflammatory State. FASEB. 22(10):3450-7, 2008
  37. Atzmon G, Pollin TI, Crandall J, Tanner K, Schechter CB, Scherer PE, Rincon M, Siegel G, Katz M, Lipton RB, Shuldiner AR, Barzilai N. Adiponectin levels and genotype: A potential regulator of life-span in humans. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 63(5):447-53, 2008.
  38. Atzmon G, Blum S, Feldman M, Cahaner A, Lavi U, Hillel J. QTLs detected in a multigenerational resource chicken population. Journal of Heredity. 99(5):528-38, 2008.
  39. Suh Y, Atzmon G, Cho M, Hwang D, Liu B, Leahy D, Barzilai N, Cohen P. Dysfunction of the IGF1 receptor is associated with exceptional longevity in humans. PNAS. 105(9):3438-42, 2008.
  40. Einstein FH, Fishman S, Muzumdar R, Yang X, Atzmon G, Barzilai N.Accretion of Visceral Fat and Hepatic Insulin Resistance in Pregnant Rats. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 294(2):E451-5, 2008.
  41. Iwata N, Zhang J, Atzmon G, Leanza S, Cho J, Chomyn A, Burk RD, Barzilai N, Attardi G. Aging-related occurrence in Ashkenazi Jews of leukocyte heteroplasmic mtDNA mutation adjacent to replication origin frequently remodeled in Italian centenarians. Mitochondrion 7(4):267-72, 2007.
  42. Atzmon G, Blum S, Feldman M, Lavi U, Hillel J. Detection of agriculturally important QTLs in chickens and identification of the best genotyping strategy. Cytogenet Genome Res 117:327–337, 2007.
  43. Fishman S, Muzumdar R, Atzmon G, Ma X, Barzilai N. Resistance to Leptin Action is the Major Determinant of Hepatic Triglycerides Accumulation in vivo. FASEB 21(1):53-60, 2007.
  44. Bergman A, Atzmon G, Ye  K, Barzilai N: Differential Survival as an Approach to Aging and Longevity Genes Discovery. PLoS Computational Biology, 3(8):e170, 2007.
  45. Atzmon G, Rincon M, Schechter C, Shuldiner An, Lipton R, Bergman A, Barzilai N: Lipoprotein genotype and conserved pathway for exceptional longevity in humans. PLoS Biology 4(4):e113, 2006.
  46. Atzmon G, Ronin YI, Korol A, Yonash N, Cheng H and Hillel J. QTLs associated with growth traits and abdominal fat weight and their interactions with gender and hatch in commercial meat-type chickens. Animal Genetics 37:352–358, 2006.
  47. Lahav T, Atzmon G, Blum S, Ben-Ari G, Weigend S, Cahaner A, Lavi U, Hillel J. Marker Assisted Selection Based On Multi-Trait Economic Index In Chicken: Experimental Results And Simulation. Animal Genetics 37: 482–488, 2006.
  48. Muzumdar R, Ma X, Fishman S, Yang X, Atzmon G, Vuguin P, Einstein FH, Hwang D, Cohen P, Barzilai N. Central and Opposing effects of IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 on systemic insulin action. Diabetes 55:2788-96, 2006.
  49. Terry DF, Diego FW, Atzmon G, Schoenhofen EA, Pennington JY, Andersen SL,  Wilcox MA, Farrer LA, Perls TT, Barzilai N, Baldwin CT, Asea A, Serum Heat Shock Protein 70 Level as a Biomarker of Exceptional Longevity. Mechanisms of Aging and Dev. 127(11):862-8, 2006.
  50. Barzilai N, Atzmon G, Derby CA, Bauman JM, Lipton RB, A Genotype of Exceptional Longevity is Associated with Preservation of Cognitive Function. Neurology 26;67(12):2170-5, 2006.
  51. Muzumdar RH, Ma X, Yang X, Atzmon G, Barzilai N: Central resistance to the inhibitory effects of leptin on stimulated insulin secretion with aging. Neurobiol Aging, 27:9:1308-1314, 2006.
  52. Atzmon G, Einstein FH, Yang XM, Ma XH, Rincon M, Rudin E, Muzumdar R, Barzilai N: Differential responses of visceral and subcutaneous fat depots to nutrients. Diabetes 54:672-678, 2005.
  53. Arking DE, Atzmon G, Arking A, Barzilai N, Dietz HC: Association between a functional variant of the KLOTHO gene and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, blood pressure, stroke, and longevity. Circ Res 96:412-418, 2005.
  54. Atzmon G, Rincon M, Rabizadeh P, Barzilai N: Biological evidence for inheritance of exceptional longevity. Mech Ageing Dev 126:341-345, 2005.
  55. Rincon M, Muzumdar R, Atzmon G, Barzilai N: The paradox of the insulin/IGF-1 signaling pathway in longevity. Mech Ageing Dev 125:397-403, 2004.
  56. Muzumdar R, Ma X, Atzmon G, Vuguin P, Yang X, Barzilai N: Decrease in glucose-stimulated insulin secretion with aging is independent of insulin action. Diabetes 53:441-446, 2004.
  57. Atzmon G, Schechter C, Greiner W, Davidson D, Rennert G, Barzilai N: Clinical phenotype of families with longevity. J Am Geriatr Soc 52:274-277, 2004.
  58. Barzilai N, Atzmon G, Schechter C, Schaefer EJ, Cupples AL, Lipton R, Cheng S, Shuldiner AR: Unique lipoprotein phenotype and genotype associated with exceptional longevity. JAMA 290:2030-40, 2003.
  59. Muzumdar R, Ma X, Yang X, Atzmon G, Bernstein J, Karkanias G, Barzilai N: Physiologic effect of leptin on insulin secretion is mediated mainly through central mechanisms. FASEB J 17:1130-1132, 2003.
  60. Ma X, Muzmudar R, Gabriely I, Atzmon G, Barzilai N. Does the brain lead the metabolic decline in aging?: Lessons from animal models and human centenarians. Clinical Neuroscience Research.  2(5-6): 269-362. 2003.
  61. Atzmon G, Yang XM, Muzumdar R, Ma XH, Gabriely I, Barzilai N: Differential gene expression between visceral and subcutaneous fat depots. Horm Metab Res 34:622-628, 2002.
  62. Atzmon G, Gabriely I, Greiner W, Davidson D, Schechter C, Barzilai N: Plasma HDL levels highly correlate with cognitive function in exceptional longevity. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 57:M712-715, 2002.
  63. Gabriely I, Ma XH, Yang XM, Atzmon G, Rajala MW, Berg AH, Scherer P, Rossetti L, Barzilai N: Removal of visceral fat prevents insulin resistance and glucose intolerance of aging: an adipokine-mediated process? Diabetes 51:2951-2958, 2002.
  64. Atzmon G, Cassuto D, Lavi U, Cahaner A, Zeitlin G, Hillel J: DNA markers and crossbreeding scheme as means to select sires for heterosis in egg production of chickens. Anim Genet 33:132-139, 2002.
  65. Atzmon G, Van Oss H, Cxosnek H: PCR-amplification of tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) DNA from squashes of plants and whitefly vectors: application to the study of TYLCV acquisition and transmission. European Journal of Plant Pathology 104:189-194, 1998.
 

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BBC News interviews Dr. Harry Ostrer and The New York Times cites Dr. Gil Atzmon's research in two articles about a new study on Jewish genetic history.

New York magazine interviews Drs. Nir Barzilai and Gil Atzmon for a cover story on exceptional aging that centers on Irving Kahn (age 105) and his siblings, all participants in Einstein’s Longevity Genes Project.

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