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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Vera Gorbunova of the University of Rochester has joined our Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Gorbunova has a B.S. from the University of St. Petersburg and a Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science. Having grown up in a family of scientists, it’s no surprise that she became a scientist herself, though unlike her parents, she became a biologist. She became fascinated with aging research after hearing a guest professor hold a talk about cellular aging when she was a sophomore in college, and she decided that it would be the focus of her own research as well.

In particular, her research interests include cancer, genomic instability, and the mechanisms and comparative biology of aging. Presently, she is the co-director of the Rochester Aging Research Centre, where she co-directs the Gorbunova and Seluanov laboratory, and she has recently been studying the mechanisms of longevity and genomic stability in exceptionally long-lived mammals, with a particular focus on the naked mole rat and the blind mole rat, both of which are known for their resistance to cancer and virtually all age-related ailments. She found that a key factor in the cancer resistance of naked mole rats is high molecular-weight hyaluronan, a molecule that is present in humans as well, although in a different form, and is used in the treatment of certain age-related conditions, such as arthritis.

Dr. Gorbunova is the recipient of several awards, for example from the National Institutes of Health and the American Federation for Aging Research among many others, and she sits on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Genetics, Genetics of Aging, Aging, Pathobiology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases, Aging Cell, and Oncotarget: Gerotarget.

We are excited to have yet another luminary in the field of aging research joining our SAB, and we look forward to working with her.

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Nicola Bagalà

Nicola is a bit of a jack of all trades—a holder of an M.Sc. in mathematics; an amateur programmer; a hobbyist at novel writing, piano and art; and, of course, a passionate life extensionist. After his interest in the science of undoing aging arose in 2011, he gradually shifted from quiet supporter to active advocate in 2015, first launching his advocacy blog Rejuvenaction before eventually joining LEAF. These years in the field sparked an interest in molecular biology, which he actively studies. Other subjects he loves to discuss to no end are cosmology, artificial intelligence, and many others—far too many for a currently normal lifespan, which is one of the reasons he’s into life extension.
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