Janko Nikolich-Žugich, MD, PhD

Co-Director Arizona Center on Aging
Chair, Department of Immunobiology
Professor of Immunobiology
Associate Director, Biology of Aging Research Program
Chair, Department of Immunobiology
Co-Director, Arizona Center on Aging

Societies: 

  • American Association of Immunologists, 1989-present
  • American Aging Association, 2002-present

Board Memberships: 

  • Gerontology, 2010-present
  • Journal of Gerontology, 2008 - present
  • Aging Cell, 2008-present
  • Journal of Virology, 2008-2013
  • American Aging Association, 2007-present
  • Editorial boards: Cellular Immunology, 1996-present
  • Journal of Immunology, 1998-2002

Selected Publications: More than 120 peer reviewed and invited review articles, see list.

Education: 
  • MD: School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, 1984 (GPA 9.53/10)
  • PhD: Department of Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, 1993
Honors and Awards: 
  • Chairman of the Board, American Aging Association, 2013-2014
  • President, American Aging Association, 2009-2010
  • Elizabeth Bowman Professorship in Medical Sciences, 2008-present
  • Louise and Allston Boyer Young Investigator Award, 1996
  • Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, 1991-1995

Grants and Awards:
BAA 05-11 HHSN266200500027C (Nikolich-Zugich, PI)                             09/30/05-09/29/10

  • ADB Contract  N01 50027-03
  • NIH/NIAID 
  • Immunological basis of age-related susceptibility to West Nile virus
  • Role:PI 
  • Total award: $12.6 M

5R01 AI066096-04 Nikolich-Zugich (PI)                                                  07/01/05-03/31/10

  • NIH/NIAID
  • Critical parameters of CD8+ T-cell mediated protection
  • Role: PI 
  • Total award: $ 1.9M

5 P01 AG023664-05 Nikolich-Zugich (PI)                                                 06/15/04 – 05/31/09

  • NIH/NIA
  • Vaccination and Immune Senescence in Primates
  • Role: Program Director  
  • Total award: $10.3M

5 R01 AG020719-06 Nikolich-Zugich (PI)                                                 08/01/01 – 07/31/13

  • NIH/NIA
  • T Cell Homeostasis and Function in Immune Senescence
  • Role:  PI  
  • Total award: $1.5M

Methuselah Foundation  -  Nikolich-Zugich (PI)                                        12/10/08-6/09/2011

  • Rejuvenation of the aging T-cell pool by rebalancing T-cell repertoire
  • Role:PI  
  • Total award: $300K

5 U51 AI081680  Nelson (PI)                                                                 03/01/09-02/28/14 

  • NIH/NIAID
  • Research Centers of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Diseases
  • Nikolich-Zugich, Project 1 PI – Broad-based strategies to improve T-cell mediated protection 
  • Role: Subcontract PI  
  • Total award: $2.6M

4 U01 AI82529  Nikolich-Zugich & Picker, co-PI                                        04/15/09-04/14/2013

  • NIH NIAID/NIA
  • Rejuvenation of T-cell pool in advanced age
  • Role: PI  
  • Total award: $850K
Research Interest: 

Immunobiology, Biology of Aging:  Immune response to infection; regulation and maintenance of functional immunity in older adults; vaccination and immune rejuvenation in older adults.