About Our Team

Dr. Daniel Promislow

Professor in Departments of Pathology and Biology at the University of Washington
Dr. Promislow is a Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Biology at the University of Washington. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where he received his Ph.D. in 1990 on the biology of aging in natural populations of mammals. He has authored over 100 articles and books, and is internationally recognized for his work on the evolution of aging. Dr. Promislow has been recognized with numerous awards, including an Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging Award, a Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award, and appointment in 2007 as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Promislow is the founding Director of the Canine Longevity Consortium, an organization funded by the National Institutes of Health and dedicated to understanding the causes of aging in companion dogs. Dr. Promislow has one dog, Frisbee, a 10 year-old Chow mix.

Dr. Kate Creevy

Associate Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Texas A & M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Kate Creevy is an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Creevy earned her DVM from the University of Tennessee, completed her internship at the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Georgia. She has practiced veterinary medicine in private hospitals in the Twin Cities, Washington DC, and Atlanta, GA prior to faculty appointments at the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia through 2015, and now Texas A&M University. Dr. Creevy has been the Chief Veterinary Officer for the Canine Longevity Consortium since its foundation and is passionate about bringing cutting-edge aging science to veterinary practice. Dr. Creevy has two dogs: Chato, a 9-year-old pit bull mix, and Poet, a 6-month-old Border Collie.

Dr. Matt Kaeberlein

Professor of Pathology, Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington
Dr. Matt Kaeberlein is a Professor of Pathology, Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences, and Adjunct Professor of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. He obtained his Ph.D. from MIT in 2002, where he studied the mechanisms of cellular aging. Dr. Kaeberlein has authored more than 150 scientific publications and has received several prestigious awards in recognition for his research achievements. Dr. Kaeberlein currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the American Aging Association. He is the co-Director of the University of Washington Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging and the founding Director of the Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute. Dr. Kaeberlein has three dogs: Dobby, a 4 year old German Shepherd, Chloe, a 10 year old Keeshond, and Betty, an elder-dog rescue of unknown age containing an interesting mix of Basset Hound, Lab, and Beagle.

Dr. Tammi Kaeberlein

Research Scientist, Department of Pathology, University of Washington
Dr. Tammi Kaeberlein received her Ph.D. from Northeastern University, where she developed a novel method for cultivating previously uncultivable microorganisms. This technology was the basis for the foundation of the Cambridge-based company Novobiotic and has led to the identification of new classes of natural product antibiotic and anticancer molecules. Her postdoctoral research at the University of Washington focused on the mechanisms of pathogenicity in the bacterium Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of the Black Plague. Dr. Kaeberlein has three dogs, Dobby, Chloe and Betty.

Dr. Silvan Urfer

Senior Fellow, Department of Pathology, University of Washington
Dr. Silvan Urfer is a veterinarian with a background in population genetics and survival analysis who has been interested in dog lifespan ever since the start of his academic career. He earned his veterinary degree and his doctorate from the University of Bern in his native Switzerland, where he researched the genetics of lifespan and causes of death in a large dog population, and did postdoctoral work at the Ostrander Lab at NIH/NHGRI in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Wolf Lab at UW Medicine Pathology, where he worked on population genetics and biomarkers of aging in dogs. Following Norm Wolf’s retirement at the end of 2011, he worked on analyzing large veterinary databases in cooperation with the private sector, investigating preventive veterinary interventions that could have beneficial effects on overall life expectancy in dogs. In 2016, Silvan came back to the UW as a Senior Fellow to work on the Dog Aging Project. In his spare time, he also investigates the effects of aging on yeast-fermented Vitis vinifera lysates using organoleptic bioassays.

Kelly Jin

Graduate student in the Molecular Medicine and Mechanism of Disease program and Department of Pathology at University of Washington
Kelly is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease at the University of Washington in Seattle in the lab of Dr. Daniel Promislow. She received her BS and MS in cellular biology and biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego. She then worked for 3 years at a diagnostics company in San Diego, where she became interested in using statistical and computational methods to learn about complex disease. In the Promislow lab, she is broadly interested in discovering and modeling biological and environmental components of age-related disease in dogs and other model organisms. Kelly has one dog: Winnie, a pekingese mix.