Dr. Denis Firsanov

Post Doctoral Researcher

Bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) can live longer than humans and are amongst the longest-living mammals. The maximum longevity of bowhead whale is 211 years, while the maximum lifespan of humans is only 122.5 years. Very few obvious signs of pathology are found in old bowheads, and reproductive senescence has not been reported. In contrast, humans experience numerous physiological, endocrine, cellular and molecular changes with age, including reproductive senescence.

My research is focused on underlying the molecular mechanisms responsible for bowhead whale longevity and cancer resistance.