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Idan Shalev
Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Consultant for the Biomarker Core Lab - Telomere Expert
Summary Statement

The focus of Idan Shalev's research is to identify mechanisms underpinning the biological embedding of stress and its effect on biological aging.

  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
  • Shalev Lab
  • Biomarker Core Lab - BCL
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  • Hebrew University, PhD, Neurobiology, 2010
Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Office Address
223 Biobehavioral Health Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
  • Stress biology
  • Aging
  • Telomeres
  • Genomics
Grants and Research Projects

The focus of my research is to identify mechanisms underpinning the biological embedding of stress and its effect on biological aging. Specifically, to test the effects of stress from early childhood on change in telomere length and other biomarkers of aging across the life course, and the consequences of change in these biomarkers for physical and mental health problems.

The Shalev Lab Web Pages

Additional Information

July 2009: Science Daily: How Men and Women Cope Differently with Stress Traced to Genetic Differences.

April 2012: Exposure to Violence During Childhood is Associated with Telomere Erosion from 5 to 10 Years of Age: A Longitudinal Study.
Shalev I, Moffitt TE, Sugden K, Williams B, Houts RM, Danese A, Mill J, Arseneault L, and Caspi, A. 2012 Molecular Psychiatry.
USA Today, Science Daily, WebMD, LiveScience, Science, Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times

May 2012: 24th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, USA. Convention Video Blog: Violence Exposure During Childhood Is Associated With Telomere Erosion

December 2012: America Now Video – Child abuse accelerates aging process

June 2013: APS press release: Blood Vessels in the Eye Linked with IQ, Cognitive Function, Science Daily

July 2013: WPSU Radio interview: The Network on Child Protection and Well-Being, The Pennsylvania State University.

January 2014: Penn State Daily Newswire: New faculty member focuses on stress and its effects on aging