Vera Gorbunova is Professor of Biology at the University of Rochester and a co-director of the Rochester Aging Research Center. Her research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of longevity and genome stability and on the studies of exceptionally long-lived mammals. Dr. Gorbunova pioneered the comparative biology approach to study ageing and identified rules that control evolution of tumor suppressor mechanisms depending on the species lifespan and body mass. Dr. Gorbunova also investigates the role of Sirtuin proteins in maintaining genome stability. Dr. Gorbunova identified high molecular weight hyaluronan as the key mediator of cancer-resistance in naked mole rats. She has more than 100 publications including in high profile journals such as Nature, Science and Cell. Her work has received multiple awards, she has been invited to speak at various longevity conferences and has even done her very own TED talk.