Dr. Amutha Boominathan
Group Lead, MitoSENS
In 1992 Dr. Boominathan received her MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Pune, India and in 1998 she was awarded a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the National Chemical Laboratory in India. More recently she performed postdoctoral work on mitochondrial biogenesis at UMDNJ and U Penn. Dr. Boominathan applies her biochemistry and mitochondrial biology expertise on the MitoSENS project.
Dr. Gregory Chin
Director, SRF Education
Greg earned his B.S. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Stanford University in 2002. His research focused on DNA damage repair and DNA damage checkpoints. He has taught at such institutions as the University of California, Los Angeles and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. As the new Director of SRF Education, Greg will be leading SRF’s effort to inspire the next generation of biomedical students.
Engineer / Content Editor
Anne’s current work at SRF spans two areas. As a hardware engineer, she is responsible for equipment optimization, troubleshooting, and repair, and as a content editor, she supports Foundation writing, media, and messaging efforts. Prior to joining SRF, Anne earned her Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2002 and then worked in industry for several years as an EE specializing in Electromagnetic Compatibility. Anne shares a home in Santa Clara with her significant other and their four cats; in her off-hours, she enjoys painting, woodworking, science fiction, reading, and the occasional video game.
Bhavna Dixit earned her Masters in Biotechnology from Amity University, India in 2012. As a Research Scholar at the National Research Center in Plant Biotechnology, India, she worked on gene silencing and transcriptional analysis of pathogenicity genes in wheat leaf rust fungus. She moved to California in 2015 and completed a Professional Certificate Program in Biotechnology in March 2016 from UCSC Extension, Silicon Valley. After working as a volunteer with SRF for 6 months, she became a MitoSENS researcher and is working on the allotopic expression of mitochondrial genes.
Maria spends her multifaceted life working towards extending healthy life, touring the world as a singer, composing music for Hollywood movies, and flying airplanes. Her interest in science and technology, combined with her skills in Public Relations, positioned her as Global Outreach Coordinator in charge of building new relationships for SRF, spreading the word about its work, and driving donations.
Lisa Fabiny Kiser
Director of Operations
Lisa received her B.S. in Life Sciences in 2009. Since then, she has moved to the Bay Area from the Midwest to aid in the development of rejuvenation biotechnologies. Her job responsibilities span finance, accounting, operations and human resources.
David Halvorsen completed his BSc in Biochemistry at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2011. He then moved to California to intern at ImmunePath, a stem cell therapeutics company, and then here at SRF for the OncoSENS team. At the completion of his internship David was hired as a full-time OncoSENS researcher to work on identifying and disrupting the mediators of the alternative lengthening of telomeres mechanism. He also works as an SRF Education mentor on the Laboratory Automation and Microglia Differentiation projects.
Caitlin received her B.S. in Molecular Biology from San Jose State University in 2016, with minors in chemistry and business. During her undergraduate career she conducted research investigating the regulatory relationships between transcriptional co-activators and transcription factors common to developmental and oncogenic pathways. Caitlin is specifically interested in personalized medicine and targeted molecular therapeutics, and has joined SRF scientists with the goal of engineering improvements in human health. As a member of the MitoSENS team, her work includes the allotopic expression of mitochondrial genes for restoration of normal respiratory chain function.
Dr. Matthew O’Connor
Head of Research
Matthew was awarded his Master's degree at Northwestern Medical in 1999 for his work studying behavioral neuroscience in aged rodents. In 2005, at Baylor College of Medicine he received a PhD in Biochemistry for his work on proteins that regulate human telomeres. Postdoctoral research includes work at UC Berkeley on muscle stem cells and aging. Since 2010, Dr. O'Connor has headed up the MitoSENS project at the research center in Mountain View, California. His research is focused on "allotopic expression" of mitochondrial genes where his team is engineering mitochondrial genes to be expressed from the nucleus and targeted to the mitochondia. Since 2012 Dr. O'Connor has had broad oversight over many areas of research at SRF. Matthew O'Connor is passionate about performing basic research to combat the diseases and disabilities of aging.
Michael Rae is the author of five scientific articles and commentaries in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Much of his work has been devoted to elucidating the SENS platform for anti-aging biomedicine for a popular audience. His undergraduate minor was in biology. He is a long-time member and one-time Board Member of the Calorie Restriction Society, a main contributor to the Society's "How-to Guide", and was core scientific investigator with the CR Society Cohort Study.
Viviana joined SENS Research Foundation in 2015, bringing with her extensive experience in customer service and administration. She has worked in the administration field for 10 years, and provides direct support to the Director of Operations.
Dr. Haroldo Silva
Research Scientist, OncoSENS Lead
Haroldo Silva earned his Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from Florida International University (FIU). Haroldo's undergraduate research focused on mathematical modeling of cardiovascular medical devices and blood vessels. After learning how cardiovascular disease is just one of the many ailments caused by aging, and that stem cell therapies could potentially cure many age-related diseases, Haroldo's doctoral work focused on muscle stem cell aging and differentiation at UC Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley, Haroldo attended a seminar on campus by Aubrey de Grey on the SENS approach to combating the diseases and disabilities of aging, which drew him to the SENS Research Foundation. Since 2013, Haroldo has led the OncoSENS team on our project aimed at treating and preventing cancers that grow by relying specifically on the telomerase-independent Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) mechanism.
Research Assistant / Deputy Editor
Ben works as a Research Assistant to Dr. de Grey and as Deputy Editor of Rejuvenation Research. He has a long-standing interest in the reversal of human age-related degeneration and is a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied biochemistry and pathology. In addition to SRF, he is broadly interested in the general field of human enhancement technology, particularly human/computer interfaces, and in nanotechnology. Ben is also the leader of SRF's web team, and is chiefly responsible for the technical implementation and maintenance of sens.org.