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.
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.
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.
Daniel graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Biological Sciences in 2009. Shortly afterwards, he began volunteering for SRF doing subclonings for the LysoSENS project. The next year, he began working full-time at the Research Center, assisting with the LysoSENS and MitoSENS projects. He then transitioned away from lab work to run SRF's student program, SRF Education. Now he takes inquiries from the media, writes copy, and does other messaging work for the organization.
Dr. Matthew O’Connor
Senior Research Scientist
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).
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
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.
Jayanthi earned her MS in Biotechnology and Biochemistry from University of Hyderabad, India. At SRF, her research efforts are focused on age related mitochondrial disorders and potential strategies for finding a cure for these harmful DNA mutations. She enjoys being a part of SRF and fully supporting its objectives and goals. She hopes to make positive contributions towards the development of novel, targeted regenerative therapies for age related diseases. Her other interests include volunteering, tutoring and charity work.
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.