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Dr. Irina Conboy Joins the LEAF Scientific Advisory Board

We are growing fast as an organization thanks to the support of the community, particularly our monthly patrons, the Lifespan Heroes. We are delighted to announce that another respected scientist, Dr. Irina Conboy, has joined our scientific advisory board and will be providing us with expert advice and guidance.

Dr. Conboy received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Immunology from Stanford University in 1998. Dr. Conboy is an assistant professor of bioengineering at UCB, and she joined the department in November of 2004. Her research is focused on the cellular signaling pathways that control the behavior of adult stem cells and understanding the age-related changes that affect this signaling. She is also an experienced rodent researcher and pioneered some of the early parabiosis research examining the role of signaling factors in aging and tissue regeneration.

Since 2005, she has been a faculty mentor for the UC Berkeley chapter of the Student Society for Stem Cell Research and a sponsor of the DeCal class Stem Cells: Science and Society. She is also a reviewer for the CIRM training grant program at UC Berkeley and a member of the peer review committee for the state of Maryland’s stem cell initiative, an invited peer reviewer for the Neurogenesis and Cell Fate Study Section at the NIH, and a reviewer for the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. Irina Conboy received the CIRM New Faculty Award in 2008, the Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging in 2008, and the New Scholar in Aging award from Ellison’s Medical Foundation in 2005.

We are happy that Irina has joined our scientific advisory board and that we will be able to benefit from her great experience in stem cell research, rodent studies, and regenerative medicine. If you would like to learn more about her research, check out the interview we did with her here.

About the author

Steve Hill

Steve serves on the LEAF Board of Directors and is the Editor in Chief, coordinating the daily news articles and social media content of the organization. He is an active journalist in the aging research and biotechnology field and has to date written over 600 articles on the topic, interviewed over 100 of the leading researchers in the field, hosted livestream events focused on aging, as well as attending various medical industry conferences. His work has been featured in H+ magazine, Psychology Today, Singularity Weblog, Standpoint Magazine, Swiss Monthly, Keep me Prime, and New Economy Magazine. Steve is one of three recipients of the 2020 H+ Innovator Award and shares this honour with Mirko Ranieri – Google AR and Dinorah Delfin – Immortalists Magazine. The H+ Innovator Award looks into our community and acknowledges ideas and projects that encourage social change, achieve scientific accomplishments, technological advances, philosophical and intellectual visions, author unique narratives, build fascinating artistic ventures, and develop products that bridge gaps and help us to achieve transhumanist goals. Steve has a background in project management and administration which has helped him to build a united team for effective fundraising and content creation, while his additional knowledge of biology and statistical data analysis allows him to carefully assess and coordinate the scientific groups involved in the project.
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