The Effects of Collection Procedures on Telomere Length

Jessica Faul
Research Associate Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research


Telomeres serve an important role in the protection of chromosomal DNA and the regulation of cellular senescence. The goal of this project is to examine the stability of salivary telomere length when stored at room temperature for periods of up to 1 year.


  • Faul J, Mitchell C, Smith J, Zhao W. 2016. Estimating Telomere Length Heritability in an Unrelated Sample of Adults: Is Heritability of Telomere Length Modified by Life Course Socioeconomic Status? Biodemography and Social Biology, 62(1): 73-86. PMID: 27050034 PMCID: PMC5117361.
  • Smith, Jennifer A. Minjung Kho, Wei, Zhao, Miao Yu, Colter Mitchell, and Jessica D. Faul. (2018). Genetic effects and gene-by-education interactions on episodic memory performance and decline in an aging population. Social Science & Medicine 10 Nov. pii: S0277-9536(18)30653-1. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.11.019PubMed [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30449520 PMCID: In progress.
  • Faul JD, Ware EB. Moving Beyond European Only Genetic Associations — An Examination of Within and Trans-Racial PGS and Gene-Region Associations. Integrating Genetics and Social Sciences Conference, Boulder, CO, October 19-21, 2017. Invited talk.
  • National Institutes on Aging. R01AG055654. Identifying modifiable aspects of gene-by-SES and gene-by-work interplay in later-life cognitive decline. MPI: J. Faul and T. Galama.