Anne Brunet, Stanford University, USA
Anne Brunet

Anne Brunet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at Stanford University. Dr. Brunet obtained her B.Sc. from the Ecole Normale SupĂ©rieure in Paris, France and her Ph.D. from the University of Nice, France. She did her postdoctoral research training in Dr. Michael Greenberg’s lab at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brunet is interested in the molecular mechanisms of aging and longevity, with a particular emphasis on the nervous system. Her lab studies the molecular mechanism of action of known longevity genes, including FOXO transcription factors, in mammalian cells and organisms. She is particularly interested in the role of longevity genes in neural stem cells during aging. Another goal of the Brunet lab is to discover novel genes and processes regulating longevity using two model systems, the invertebrate C. elegans and an extremely short-lived vertebrate, the African killifish N. furzeri. Dr. Brunet has received several grants from the National Institute on Aging to study the importance of FOXO transcription factors in aging neural stem cells, the molecular mechanisms of dietary restriction, and to develop genetic tools for the short-lived fish N. furzeri. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters. She has received a number of awards, including the Pfizer/AFAR Innovations in Aging Research Award, a Junior Investigator Award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Award, an Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar Award, and the 2012 Vincent Cristofalo “Rising Star” Award in Aging Research. This fall, she was awarded a Pioneer Award from the NIH Director's fund, an award that supports scientists of exceptional creativity, who propose pioneering and transforming approaches to major challenges in biomedical research.

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