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About SENS Research Foundation Staff

SRF staff is composed of mission-driven individuals who work tirelessly toward our goal of ending age-related disease. Our staff size fluctuates during the year with the addition of SRF Educational Summer Scholars and Post–Baccalaureates, however our full-time employees are listed below.

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Lisa Fabiny Kiser

Vice President of Operations

Lisa’s educational background is in the Life Sciences, with industry experience in microbiology, stem cells, and flow cytometry. She joined SRF in 2010 as a volunteer in the laboratory, and was hired on in the administrative department in early 2012, where she excelled in finance and operations. A Bay Area transplant from the Midwest, she is invested in advancing rejuvenation biotechnologies and using her skills in organizational management to move SRF forward in this burgeoning field.
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Dr. Alexandra Stolzing

Vice President of Research

Alexandra has dedicated her scientific career to the understanding and development of rejuvenation biology. She holds a PhD from Humboldt University Berlin for her work on degradation of damaged proteins by aged microglia, and received her Habilitierung (Professorial Qualification) at the University of Leipzig, Germany for her thesis “Modification of aging in mesenchymal stem cells”

She worked at the Kroto Research Institute (UK) and as Group leader and deputy Head of Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (Germany). She was tenured in 2018 as a full Professor for Biogerontological Engineering at Loughborough University, UK. In addition she has worked as VP for Research and CSO in start-up companies in the rejuvenation biology sector.

She has over 70 academic publications and has led several international research consortia.

Her research in aging spans areas including regenerative medicine, cell & gene therapy development and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Dr. Gregory Chin

Director, SRF Education

Over the course of his career, Greg has used his academic and industrial research experiences to support educational enrichment and training efforts. He has taught at such institutions as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). During his time at CSHL and the Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium (BABEC), he developed new curriculum aimed at fostering hands-on, inquiry-based learning. His thesis at Stanford University focused on DNA damage repair, while his postdoctoral research at the DNAX Research Institute (now Merck) examined the role of DNA damage checkpoints in cancer therapeutics. As the SRF Director of Education, Greg has drawn from these experiences to create the SRF Summer Scholars and Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Programs to train the next generation of scientists who will drive the rejuvenation biotechnology field forward.

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Maria Entraigues Abramson

Global Outreach Coordinator

Maria is a radical-change believer and spends most of her multifaceted life working on facilitating disruptive change to the way we currently treat aging. You can find her giving a talk about the future of aging, singing live for thousands of people, composing and acting for a Hollywood film or flying an airplane. Her passion and strong involvement 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.
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Dr. Tesfahun Admasu

Research Fellow

Dr. Tesfahun Admasu was awarded a master’s degree in Biochemistry from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the National University of Singapore. During his PhD studies (2014-18), he identified drug synergy and investigated the mechanism based on “multi-omics” technology. This work led to seminal contributions to our understanding of aging and lifespan extension which were published in Developmental Cell and Nature Scientific Data. Dr. Tesfahun joined the University of Gondar and launched a master’s degree program in Biochemistry where he teaches Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. At the SRF-RC, Dr. Tesfahun applies CRISPRa/CRSPRi and next generation sequencing based transcriptome profiling to investigate the mechanisms of SASP induced senescence and apoptosis resistance of senescent cells.

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Amelia Anderson

Research Assistant

Amelia earned her Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018. Putting a lifelong love of science to work, she began at SRF as a summer intern in 2017 and is now a full time computational biochemist on the atherosclerosis project. Amelia loves her dog Bode, science jokes, and playing outside.

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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.
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Anne Corwin

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.
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Bhavna Dixit

Research Associate

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.
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Caitlin Lewis

Research Associate

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.
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Jessica Lubke

Administrative Assistant

Jessica received her B.A. in Human Communications with an emphasis in Film and Literary Studies from CSU Monterey Bay in 2018. A native of the Bay Area, she enjoyed her education being so close to the sea. Jessica is new to the team as of October 2018 and is excited to be a part of something as monumental as SRF. She likes rainy days, movies, and animals.
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Kelly Protzman

Executive Assistant

Kelly received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2017. She recently moved to the Bay Area from Baltimore, Maryland where she volunteered at a Senior Living Community while completing her Bachelor’s degree. She joined SRF in March of 2018 as an administrative assistant before moving to her current role in August. She also currently volunteers as a Crisis Counselor with the Crisis Text Line. In her free time, Kelly enjoys hiking, reading about genetics, and baking pies!
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Michael Rae

Science Writer

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.
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Dr. Amit Sharma

Group Lead, Senescence Immunology Research

Dr. Amit Sharma was awarded a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Delhi University, India.  He received his PhD in 2009 in Biotechnology from University of Pune for his work demonstrating microRNA regulation of cytokines invovled in allergic inflammation in mice models. Dr. Sharma’s postdoctoral research at the Buck Institute, Novato, California involved investigating novel molecular regulatory pathways in regards to genotoxic stress and cellular senescence in invertebrate and mammalian models.

Dr. Sharma has recently joined SENS Research Foundation as Group Lead in the Senescence Immunology Research Group. His research focus involves studying how aging and senescence affects the immune system and his research group will also investigate strategies to harness the immune system in mitigating deleterious effects of senescent cells with translational focus.

Ben Zealley

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.

Career Opportunities

SRF is at the center of the rejuvenation biotechnology industry and supports the mission to end age-related disease through Research, Education, and Outreach. Make your career something you can believe in – something that can change the world.

  • We are currently seeking a Research Assistant to join the Senescence Immunology team at our Research Center in Mountain View, California.

If you are a research scientist working in a SENS-related field, you may wish to submit a grant proposal for consideration by our Research Development Committee.

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