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Vera Gorbunova

Vera Gorbunova

  • Doris Johns Cherry Professor
  • Professor of Biology
  • Associate Professor of Oncology


434 Hutchison
(585) 275-7740

Office Hours: By appointment


Research Overview

Our research is focused on Aging, DNA repair, and Cancer.

Aging is one of the biggest mysteries of biology. "Why we age?" is a basic biological question, and at the same time it is highly medically relevant. Aging is associated in accumulation of mutations and genomic instability. We study age-related changes in repair of DNA double-strand breaks using human cells and transgenic mice. We are also using comparative approach to study aging by analyzing short- and long-lived animal species. Finally, as aging is associated with increased cancer incidence, we study DNA repair in breast cancer cells, and anti-cancer mechanisms in short- and long-lived rodents.

To learn more about our research, please visit our lab website Gorbunova Lab.

Selected Publications