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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

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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

Gorbunova and Seluanov Win Cozzarelli Prize
April 23, 2010

Scientists Discover Gene that 'Cancer-Proofs' Rodent's Cells
October 26, 2009

Modified Gene Targets Cancer Cells a Thousand Times More Often Than Healthy Cells
December 17, 2008

Novel Anti-Cancer Mechanism Found in Long-Lived Rodents
September 17, 2008

Blame Our Evolutionary Risk of Cancer on Our Body Mass
November 20, 2006

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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.