Steven A. Garan is the Director of Bioinformatics at the Center for Research & Education on Aging (CREA) and serves on it’s Advisory Board. While at the University of California, Berkeley, he played a major role in the invention and development of the Automated Imaging Microscope System (AIMS). While at UC Berkeley, Garan collaborated for many years with a group from Paola S. Timiras’s lab, on the role that caloric restriction plays in maintaining estrogen receptor-alpha and IGH-1 receptor immunoreactivity in various nuclei of the mouse hypothalamus. Garan was also the director of the Aging Research Center and is a leading scientist in the field of aging research. His numerous publications include articles on systems biology, the effects of caloric restriction on the mouse hypothalamus and on the Automated Imaging Microscope System (AIMS). He is best known for the coining of the word “Phenomics”, which was defined in an abstract titled: “Phenomics: a new direction for the study of neuroendocrine aging”, that was published in the journal Experimental Gerontology.