Barshop Institute for Longevity & Aging Studies

UT Health San Antonio


The Barshop Institute has earned an international reputation as one of the top institutions in the country for research on longevity and aging studies. A major portion of the research is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

Major themes of the Barshop Institute focus on four basic models of aging research: cellular aging, invertebrate aging, transgenic models of aging and human genetics of aging. The primary spaces within the facility include research laboratories, research support areas, write-up spaces, a vivarium, and administrative and building support facilities. Relocation adjacent to existing clinical facilities and research facilities via a skybridge provide researchers with the latest equipment, techniques and access to research cores, which promotes efficiency and less duplication while fostering collaboration.

As the central feature of this project, the small animal/rodent vivarium supports research in the four primary areas of aging studies. The vivarium consists of two suites: Non-ITP Barrier and ITP Barrier, based on the requirements of the current research studies. Holding rooms and procedure rooms of varying sizes designed for future flexibility are in each suite. This area also provides office spaces and support spaces for the staff.

Research laboratories are open wet labs to promote collaboration among researchers. Write-up spaces and wet bench spaces are provided within the labs while support spaces are adjacent to the labs.