Janko Nikolich-Zugich

Professor and Department Head

Dr. Nikolich-Zugich is internationally recognized as a leading immunologist and gerontologist. He received his M.D., MSc and Ph.D. in Immunology from Belgrade University School of Medicine. From 1987 to 1990, he worked as a Research Associate at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in the laboratory of Dr. Michael J. Bevan, FRS, NAS, HHMI. In 1990, he joined the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York as the Head of both the Flow Cytometry Core Facility and the Laboratory of T Cell Development, first as Assistant and then Associate Member. He served as Assistant Professor (1990-1996) and Associate Professor (1996-2001) at both the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences and the Division of Molecular Medicine in Cornell University School of Medicine. He was a recipient of the Pew Biomedical Scholar Award and the Louise and Allston Boyer Young Scientist Award.  In 2001, Dr. Nikolich-Zugich assumed the position of Senior Scientist at the Oregon Health & Science University at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, along with joint appointments as a tenured Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and a Senior Scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. 
In 2008, Dr. Nikolich-Zugich moved to the University of Arizona to lead the Department of Immunobiology and the Arizona Center on Aging.  His long-term interests include basic mechanisms of T-cell function, immunity to infection in older adults, vaccines and biomarkers of declining immunity in the elderly, immune rejuvenation, immune monitoring in chronic conditions of aging and the impact of inflammation and nutritional intervention in aging, immunity and metabolic disorders.  He has published over 130 scientific papers and reviews describing his work.

Degrees
  • MS: Belgrade University School of Medicine, Serbia
  • PhD: Belgrade University School of Medicine, Serbia
  • MD: Belgrade University School of Medicine, Serbia
Fellowship
  • Post-doctoral Fellow: Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation

Recent Publications

2016

Seed, T. M., S. Xiao, N. Manley, J. Nikolich-Zugich, J. Pugh, M. Van den Brink, Y. Hirabayashi, K. Yasutomo, A. Iwama, S. Koyasu, et al., "An interlaboratory comparison of dosimetry for a multi-institutional radiobiological research project: Observations, problems, solutions and lessons learned.", Int J Radiat Biol, vol. 92, issue 2, pp. 59-70, 2016 Feb. PMID: 26857121

2015

Metcalf, T. U., R. A. Cubas, K. Ghneim, M. J. Cartwright, J. Van Grevenynghe, J. M. Richner, D. P. Olagnier, P. A. Wilkinson, M. J. Cameron, B. S. Park, et al., "Global analyses revealed age-related alterations in innate immune responses after stimulation of pathogen recognition receptors.", Aging Cell, vol. 14, issue 3, pp. 421-32, 2015 Jun. PMCID: PMC4406671  PMID: 25728020
Smithey, M. J., J. L. Uhrlaub, G. Li, M. Vukmanovic-Stejic, A. N. Akbar, and J. Nikolich-Zugich, "Lost in translation: mice, men and cutaneous immunity in old age.", Biogerontology, vol. 16, issue 2, pp. 203-8, 2015 Apr. PMID: 25027761
Nikolich-Zugich, J., D. P. Goldman, P. R. Cohen, D. Cortese, L. Fontana, B. K. Kennedy, J. M Mohler, J. S Olshansky, T. Perls, D. Perry, et al., "Preparing for an Aging World: Engaging Biogerontologists, Geriatricians, and the Society.", J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 2015 Sep 29. PMID: 26419976
Okoye, A. A., M. Rohankhedkar, A. L. Konfe, C. O. Abana, M. D. Reyes, J. A. Clock, D. M. Duell, A. W. Sylwester, P. Sammader, A. W. Legasse, et al., "Effect of IL-7 Therapy on Naive and Memory T Cell Homeostasis in Aged Rhesus Macaques.", J Immunol, vol. 195, issue 9, pp. 4292-305, 2015 Nov 1. PMCID: PMC4617185  PMID: 26416281
Marandu, T. F., J. D. Oduro, L. Borkner, I. Dekhtiarenko, J. L. Uhrlaub, A. Drabig, A. Kröger, J. Nikolich-Zugich, and L. Cičin-Šain, "Immune Protection against Virus Challenge in Aging Mice Is Not Affected by Latent Herpesviral Infections.", J Virol, vol. 89, issue 22, pp. 11715-7, 2015 Nov. PMCID: PMC4645637  PMID: 26339051
Goldberg, E. L., M. J. Romero-Aleshire, K. R. Renkema, M. S. Ventevogel, W. M. Chew, J. L. Uhrlaub, M. J. Smithey, K. H. Limesand, G. D. Sempowski, H. L. Brooks, et al., "Lifespan-extending caloric restriction or mTOR inhibition impair adaptive immunity of old mice by distinct mechanisms.", Aging Cell, vol. 14, issue 1, pp. 130-8, 2015 Feb. PMCID: PMC4326902  PMID: 25424641

2014

Pollow, D. P., J. Uhrlaub, M. J. Romero-Aleshire, K. Sandberg, J. Nikolich-Zugich, H. L. Brooks, and M. Hay, "Sex differences in T-lymphocyte tissue infiltration and development of angiotensin II hypertension.", Hypertension, vol. 64, issue 2, pp. 384-90, 2014 Aug. PMCID: PMC4096042  PMID: 24890822
M Mohler, J., M. J. Fain, A. M. Wertheimer, B. Najafi, and J. Nikolich-Zugich, "The Frailty syndrome: clinical measurements and basic underpinnings in humans and animals.", Exp Gerontol, vol. 54, pp. 6-13, 2014 Jun. PMID: 24503059
Wertheimer, A. M., M. S. Bennett, B. Park, J. L. Uhrlaub, C. Martinez, V. Pulko, N. L. Currier, D. Nikolich-Žugich, J. Kaye, and J. Nikolich-Zugich, "Aging and cytomegalovirus infection differentially and jointly affect distinct circulating T cell subsets in humans.", J Immunol, vol. 192, issue 5, pp. 2143-55, 2014 Mar 1. PMCID: PMC3989163  PMID: 24501199