Mountain View, CA / Berlin, Germany
We are happy to announce Dr. Vera Gorbunova as a speaker for the 2020 Undoing Aging Conference.
Vera Gorbunova is an endowed Professor of Biology at the University of Rochester and a co-director of the Rochester Aging Research Center. Her research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of longevity and genome stability and on the studies of exceptionally long-lived mammals.
Dr. Gorbunova earned her B.Sc. degrees at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia and her Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Dr. Gorbunova pioneered comparative biology approach to study aging and identified rules that control evolution of tumor suppressor mechanisms depending on the species lifespan and body mass.
Dr. Gorbunova also investigates the role of Sirtuin proteins in maintaining genome stability. Dr. Gorbunova identified high molecular weight hyaluronan as the key mediator of cancer-resistance in the naked mole rat. Recently she demonstrated that transposable elements contribute to aging process by driving age-related inflammation.
Her work received awards of from the Ellison Medical Foundation, the Glenn Foundation, American Federation for Aging Research, and from the National Institutes of Health. Her work was awarded the Cozzarelli Prize from PNAS, prize for research on aging from ADPS/Alianz, France, Prince Hitachi Prize in Comparative Oncology, Japan, and Davey prize from Wilmot Cancer Center.
"Looking forward to learning about new exciting science and new interventions to undo aging", says Dr. Vera Gorbunova.
“Vera has been at the forefront of biomedical gerontology for most of the time I’ve been in the field, and has pioneered a variety of advances in unusually diverse areas, ranging from the evolutionary biology of telomere maintenance to the anti-cancer potency of extracellular molecules. She always has something new and exciting to present, and I’m enormously looking forward to her talk”, says Aubrey de Grey.