Ghezal focuses on lysosomal storage diseases, particularly age-related macular degeneration. She has an M.S. in Molecular Cellular Biology from San Jose State with over 13 years of academic research experience, mainly at Stanford University working in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neonatology and Immunology as a Research Associate and Lab Manager. She is part of a family of five with three kids who love to keep her busy with their sports and play dates. In her free time, running is her favorite hobby.
Dr. Amutha Boominathan
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.
Executive with proven success in restructuring and optimizing technical operations within start-up and high-growth environments. Background includes supporting company goals by improving product development processes, introducing efficiencies, and managing large teams across geographies and time zones.
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.
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 received her B.S. in Life Sciences in 2009. Since then, she has moved to the Bay area from the Mid-west to aid in the development of rejuvenation biotechnologies. She specializes in flow cytometry, microbiology, and general lab organization.
Dr. Ehud Goldin
Research Scientist, LysoSENS Lead
Dr. Goldin received his PhD in Neurobiology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1989 for his work on the role of fatty acid peroxidation in the hypoxic developing brain. He went on to serve at the NIH, where he worked on lysosomal storage diseases that include Niemann-Pick Type C, Mucolipidosis IV, Fabry, and Gaucher’s. He is continuing this focus by heading the SRF Research Center’s efforts to degrade the molecule A2E in the lysosomes of retinal pigment epithelial cells.
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.
Based in Edinburgh, Iain has worked as an interpretation developer for museums and for the British Council in multiple capacities. He volunteered to assist SRF with its unique communication challenges in 2009, and in 2011 he was hired to help develop SRF’s online presence.
Dr. Matthew O’Connor
Senior Research Scientist, MitoSENS Lead
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. In 2010, Dr. O'Connor heads 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. Dr. O'Connor is passionate about performing basic research to combat the diseases and disabilities of aging.
Assistant Science Writer
Maximus studies biochemistry, longevity, politics, economics, efficiency, creativity, rationality and heterologous protein expression. He is currently (2012-13) working as a science literature analyst for SRF, after previously spending 2 years as a biochemical researcher at SRF's Research Center in Silicon Valley on LysoSENS and OncoSENS. Generally, Max focuses much of his effort on extending the maximum, healthy human lifespan. He was previously an accountant and college accounting instructor, and holds a BBA in Finance, an MBA in Management, and a BA in Biochemistry (less 3 Spanish courses).
Kathleen joined SENS Research Foundation after recently relocating to California from Maryland. She graduated with her BS from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and then received her MS from Johns Hopkins University in 2007. She has worked in both industry and research lab settings and so brings varied lab skills and thus contributes to various MitoSENS projects. At present, Kathleen works on a project involving the rescue of mitochondrial mutations at the level of mitochondrial RNA import. She is committed to the work being done at SENS and especially enjoys working with the entire SENS team. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Kathleen loves the weather in Northern California and in her off time, participates in outdoor sports such as running, tennis, bicycling and hiking.
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.
Dr. Haroldo Silva
Research Scientist, OncoSENS Lead
Haroldo Silva completed his Ph.D. studying muscle stem cell aging and differentiation at UC Berkeley. His interest in aging and the diseases of aging drew him to SENS Research Foundation where he works on the Onco team studying the mechanisms of Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres from the perspective of treating and preventing cancer.
Heidi is an administrative professional originally from North Carolina. She moved to Mountain View, CA specifically to work for SRF. Now she is in charge of ordering all the reagents, equipment and other necessary lab supplies, allowing the researchers to focus their time on experiments.
Research Assistant / Assistant Editor
Ben works as a Research Assistant to Dr. de Grey and as Assistant 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.