Janko Nikolich-Zugich, MD, Ph.D.Janko Nikolich-Zugich. MD, PhD
Co-Director Arizona Center on Aging
Professor of Immunobiology
Chairman, Department of Immunobiology

Arizona Center on Aging
1521 E. Elm Street Tucson, AZ 85719
1656 E. Mabel St., Tucson, AZ 85718
Office Phone: (520) 626-5800
Fax: (520) 626-5811



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

Positions held:

2008-present Chairman and Professor (Tenured),
Department of Immunobiology, College of Medicine, University of Arizona

Co-Director, Arizona Center on Aging, University of Arizona

Elizabeth Bowman Professor in Medical Research

Professor, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Arizona

Member, Arizona Cancer Center, Arizona Arthritis Center and the BIO5 Institute

Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Affiliate Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, OR

2001-2008 Professor (Tenured), Department
of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, Oregon
Health Sciences University (OHSU), Portland, OR

Senior Scientist, OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute

Senior Scientist, Division of Pathobiology, Oregon Regional Primate Research Center

1996-2001 Associate Member, Immunology
Program, Head, Laboratory of T Cell Development,
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Associate Professor
The Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of the Cornell University, New York, NY

1994-1996 Assistant Professor
Division of Molecular Medicine
Cornell University School of Medicine, New York, NY

1990-2000 Head, Flow Cytometry Core Facility
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.

1990-1996 Assistant Member, Immunology Program
Head, Laboratory of T Cell Development
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Assistant Professor
Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences,
New York, NY

1987-1990 Research Associate
Department of Immunology
Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA.

1984-1987 Postdoctoral fellow
Institute for Microbiology and Immunology

Belgrade University Medical School, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

Research Interests: Immune response to infection; regulation and maintenance of functional immunity in older adults; vaccination and immune rejuvenation in older adults; biology of aging. See also

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.

Honors: 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
Immunological basis of age-related susceptibility to West Nile virus
Total award: $12.6 M

5R01 AI066096-04 Nikolich-Zugich (PI)                                                  07/01/05-03/31/10
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
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
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
Total award: $300K

5 U51 AI081680  Nelson (PI)                                                                 03/01/09-02/28/14
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
Rejuvenation of T-cell pool in advanced age
Role: PI 
Total award: $850K

Selected Publications: More than 120 peer reviewed and invited review articles, see list at: Click here