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Vera Gorbunova

Professor of Biology and Associate Professor of Oncology
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Biology

Areas of expertise: Mechanisms of aging, DNA repair, and genomic instability

Press contact:
Peter Iglinski

Related Links:
Vera Gorbunova Home Page
Gorbunova Lab

In the News

BBC News
The animal that doesn't get cancer
October 31, 2015

Science /AAAS
How elephants crush cancer
October 08, 2015

International Business Times AU
Cancer News: Protein In Naked Mole Rat Could Help Prevent Cancer
February 11, 2015

Focus News
Do naked mole rats hold the key to defeating cancer: Daily Mail
February 06, 2015

The Daily Mail (UK)
Do naked mole rats hold the key to defeating cancer? Ugly rodents produce hybrid protein that prevents tumour growth
February 05, 2015

Connections: Science Roundtable
October 06, 2014

Absurd Creatures of the Week: The Naked Mole Rat Could One Day Save Your Life
September 12, 2014

The end of aging: Do naked mole rats have the secret to long, healthy lives?
June 16, 2014

Institute for Ethics and Engineering Technologies
Third International “Genetics of Aging and Longevity” Conference
May 28, 2014

ABC News
How This Naked Mole Rat Could Help You Live Longer
May 04, 2014

USA Today
Naked mole rat study nets N.Y. researcher $9.5 million
April 24, 2014

University Of Rochester Gets A Major Research Grant To Study Longevity
April 23, 2014

Irish Times
The naked mole rat: the best small rodent in the world with which to do research
January 09, 2014

Scientific American
Naked Mole Rat Named 'Vertebrate of the Year'
December 31, 2013
Naked Mole Rat Named 'Vertebrate of the Year'
December 30, 2013

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
UR rodent named Vertebrate of the Year
December 25, 2013

Naked mole rat, star of cancer research, honored by science journal
December 24, 2013

Discover the Inner Beauty of the Naked Mole Rat
October 25, 2013

New York Times
Electric Water Droplets and a Secret to Long Life (in Rats, Anyway)
October 07, 2013

Naked mole rats show us how to build a better protein
October 02, 2013
Why Do Naked Mole Rats Live So Long?
September 30, 2013

ABC News
Snail Facials Probably Won’t Work, Dermatologists Say
July 16, 2013

Gulf News
Could crazy creature help us cure cancer?
June 28, 2013

England Telegraph
Could this crazy creature help us cure cancer?
June 24, 2013

Yahoo! News
The stretchy skin of naked mole rats may hold the key to fighting cancer
June 20, 2013

ABC News
Naked Mole Rats Have Cancer-Proof ‘Goo’
June 20, 2013

The New York Times
A Homely Rodent May Hold Cancer-Fighting Clues
June 19, 2013

BBC News
Naked mole-rat gives cancer clues
June 19, 2013

The Huffington Post
Naked Mole Rat's Cancer Resistance May Point Way To Preventing Disease In Humans
June 19, 2013

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
UR researchers find what protects rodents from cancer
June 19, 2013
Cancer Resistance in Blind Mole Rats May Hold Key to Prevention in Humans
November 20, 2012

The Guardian Nigeria
Blind mole rats may hold key to cancer
November 08, 2012

Business Insider
Blind Mole Rats May Hold The Key To Preventing Cancer Read more:
November 07, 2012

The Huffington Post
Blind Mole Rats' Cancer Immunity May Hold Clues To Human Treatments
November 06, 2012

Scientific American
Cancer Immunity Insights Might Derive from Study of Blind Mole Rats
November 05, 2012

Fox News
Naked Mole Rat Genome May Hold Key to Long Life
October 13, 2011

Naked Mole Rat Genome Map May Aid in Cancer, Aging Research
October 12, 2011

The Daily Cardinal
Creepy crawly cancer killers
October 12, 2011

Longevity Meme
Revisiting Naked Mole Rats and their Lack of Cancer
March 09, 2011

Washington Post
Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer
March 08, 2011

Bio Techniques
Naked mole rat and nanoscale imaging research win 2009 Cozzarelli prizes
June 07, 2010

The New York Times
Science in Pictures: Gamma Rays and Naked Mole Rats
November 04, 2009

Cancerless rodent has genetic defense
October 28, 2009

Popular Science
Hideous Rodent May Provide Cure For Cancer
October 27, 2009

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News Releases

Biologists Identify the Chemical Behind Cancer Resistance in Naked Mole Rats
June 19, 2013

Researchers Discover How Underground Rodent Wards Off Cancer
November 06, 2012

Researchers Identify Protein that Improves DNA Repair Under Stress
June 16, 2011

Two University of Rochester Biologists Win Glenn Awards
July 21, 2010

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Vera Gorbunova studies age-related changes in repair of DNA double-strand breaks using human cells and transgenic mice. She also studies aging by analyzing short- and long-lived animal species. Finally, as aging is associated with increased cancer incidence, her research studies DNA repair in breast cancer cells, and anti-cancer mechanisms in short- and long-lived rodents.