Dr. Brunet obtained her B.Sc. from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France and her Ph.D. from the University of Nice, France. She did her postdoctoral research training in Dr. Michael Greenberg’s lab at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brunet is interested in the molecular mechanisms of aging and longevity, with a particular emphasis on the nervous system. Her lab studies the molecular mechanism of action of known longevity genes. She is particularly interested in the role of longevity genes in neural stem cells during aging. Another goal of the Brunet lab is to discover novel genes and processes regulating longevity using two model systems, the invertebrate C. elegans and an extremely short-lived vertebrate, the African killifish N. furzeri. Dr. Brunet has received several grants from the National Institute on Aging. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters. She has received a number of awards, including the Pfizer/AFAR Innovation in Aging Research Award, a Junior Investigator Award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Award, an Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar Award, and the Vincent Cristofalo “Rising Star” Award in Aging Research. She was awarded a Pioneer Award from the NIH Director's fund, an award that supports scientists of exceptional creativity, who propose pioneering and transforming approaches to major challenges in biomedical research.
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