The SRF team is composed of mission-driven individuals who work tirelessly toward our goal of ending age-related disease. Our team size fluctuates during the year with the addition of SRF Educational Summer Scholars and Post–Baccalaureates, however our full-time employees are listed below.
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.
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.
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 Director of Outreach in charge of building new relationships for SRF, spreading the word about its work and driving donations.
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.
Kelly joined SRF in early 2018 after completing her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2017. She recently moved from the Bay Area back to her hometown – Baltimore, Maryland. While in California, she volunteered at a Wig Bank for cancer patients. She currently volunteers as a Crisis Counselor with the Crisis Text Line, which she has been doing since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cuddling her two cats, and baking (especially pies)!
Dr Amutha Boominathan is the Group Lead for the MitoSENS program at SENS Research Foundation. She joined SRF in 2013 as a Senior Research Scientist and became the Group Lead for the program in 2016. She completed her graduate studies from the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India with a PhD in Biochemistry. Subsequently, through an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship, she obtained further training at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University where she studied mitochondrial biogenesis with a focus on protein import and the fusion and fission mechanisms in the organelle. She has over 20 years of experience in mitochondrial biology.
Kristie attended Duke University, where she received her B.S. in Biology with minors in Spanish Studies and Chemistry. During her undergraduate career, she joined the Pendergast Lab as a part of the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, where she investigated a novel signaling axis between the Abelson (ABL) family of protein tyrosine kinases and DDR kinases in chemoresistance and metastasis under the guidance of Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD. Kristie continued to pursue independent research projects in Duke’s Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, which culminated in her thesis focused on targetable mechanisms by which ABL kinases promote breast cancer brain metastasis, for which she was awarded Graduation with Distinction in Biology. Following graduation from Duke, Kristie joined the Senescence Immunology group led by Amit Sharma, PhD at SENS Research Foundation to investigate molecular causes of age-associated diseases. As an SRF Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow, she investigated strategies to engineer innate immune cells to selectively eliminate senescent cells. On completion of her fellowship, Kristie accepted a position as a Research Associate.
Elena received her PhD in 2006 in Microbiology from the National University of Tashkent, Uzbekistan for her work demonstrating biological features of entomopathogenic bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis as a pest control agent. Elena has broad biological research experience in such areas as soil rhisosphere and soil restoration, insect pathology, bio-insecticides, proteomics, and protein crystallization.
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.
Carly received her B.S. in Biology from American University, Washington D.C. in 2020. After returning to the Bay Area, she joined SRF in September 2020 as a postbaccalaureate research fellow in the MitoSENS Team and is now a full time researcher, investigating the allotopic expression of mitochondrial genes.
Ben works as a Research Assistant and as Acting Editor-in-Chief 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.
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