Daniel W Belsky

Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2012

Overview

The goal of Dan’s work is to reduce social inequalities in aging outcomes in the US and elsewhere. Dan's research seeks to understand how genes and environments combine to shape health across the life course. His work uses tools from genome science and longitudinal data from population-based cohort studies. The aim is to identify targets for policy and clinical interventions to promote positive development in early life and extend healthspan.

Areas of interest: Aging, health disparities, epidemiology, life course, genetics, genomics, gene-environment interaction

After finishing his Ph.D. at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health in 2012, Dan came to Duke for a postdoc at the Center for The Study of Aging and Human Development. Dan joined the faculty at Duke in 2014. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics at the Duke University School of Medicine and Social Science Research Institute. Dan is a Senior Fellow at the Aging Center and a Research Scholar at the Duke Population Research Institute.

Belsky, DW, Caspi, A, Cohen, HJ, Kraus, WE, Ramrakha, S, Poulton, R, and Moffitt, TE. "Impact of early personal-history characteristics on the Pace of Aging: implications for clinical trials of therapies to slow aging and extend healthspan." Aging Cell 16.4 (August 2017): 644-651. Full Text

Belsky, DW. "Translating Polygenic Analysis for Prevention." Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics 10.3 (June 2017): e001798-e001798. Full Text Open Access Copy

Belsky, DW, Huffman, KM, Pieper, CF, Shalev, I, and Kraus, WE. "Change in the Rate of Biological Aging in Response to Caloric Restriction: CALERIE Biobank Analysis." The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences (May 22, 2017). Full Text Open Access Copy

Domingue, BW, Belsky, DW, Harrati, A, Conley, D, Weir, DR, and Boardman, JD. "Mortality selection in a genetic sample and implications for association studies." International Journal of Epidemiology (April 11, 2017). Full Text Open Access Copy

Reuben, A, Caspi, A, Belsky, DW, Broadbent, J, Harrington, H, Sugden, K, Houts, RM, Ramrakha, S, Poulton, R, and Moffitt, TE. "Association of Childhood Blood Lead Levels With Cognitive Function and Socioeconomic Status at Age 38 Years and With IQ Change and Socioeconomic Mobility Between Childhood and Adulthood." JAMA 317.12 (March 2017): 1244-1251. Full Text

Schaefer, JD, Caspi, A, Belsky, DW, Harrington, H, Houts, R, Horwood, LJ, Hussong, A, Ramrakha, S, Poulton, R, and Moffitt, TE. "Enduring mental health: Prevalence and prediction." Journal of abnormal psychology 126.2 (February 2017): 212-224. Full Text

Moskalev, A, Anisimov, V, Aliper, A, Artemov, A, Asadullah, K, Belsky, D, Baranova, A, de Grey, A, Dixit, VD, Debonneuil, E, Dobrovolskaya, E, Fedichev, P, Fedintsev, A, Fraifeld, V, Franceschi, C, Freer, R, Fülöp, T, Feige, J, Gems, D, Gladyshev, V, Gorbunova, V, Irincheeva, I, Jager, S, Jazwinski, SM, Kaeberlein, M, Kennedy, B, Khaltourina, D, Kovalchuk, I, Kovalchuk, O, Kozin, S, Kulminski, A, Lashmanova, E, Lezhnina, K, Liu, G-H, Longo, V, Mamoshina, P, Maslov, A, and Pedro de Magalhaes, J et al. "A review of the biomedical innovations for healthy longevity." Aging 9.1 (January 29, 2017): 7-25. Full Text

Schaefer, JD, Caspi, A, Belsky, DW, Harrington, H, Houts, R, Israel, S, Levine, ME, Sugden, K, Williams, B, Poulton, R, and Moffitt, TE. "Early-Life Intelligence Predicts Midlife Biological Age." The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences 71.6 (November 2016): 968-977. Full Text

Baldwin, JR, Arseneault, L, Odgers, C, Belsky, DW, Matthews, T, Ambler, A, Caspi, A, Moffitt, TE, and Danese, A. "Childhood Bullying Victimization and Overweight in Young Adulthood: A Cohort Study." Psychosomatic medicine 78.9 (November 2016): 1094-1103. Full Text

Pages

A pilot study to advance translation of molecular signatures of biological aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2029

Aging in 1000 healthy young adults: the Dunedin Study awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2020

Early Career Research Fellowship awarded by Jacobs Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Investigating increasing selectivity of low educational attainment across US birth cohorts in the 20th Century awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Generating new knowledge to support reversibility interventions awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Subcontract - The Social and Genetic Epidemiology of Health Behaviors: An Integrated Approach awarded by University of Colorado - Boulder (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015

Subcontract - Social Demographic Moderation of Genome Wide Associations for Body Mass Index awarded by University of Colorado - Boulder (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015