It’s so fitting to announce here that Aubrey de Grey has joined AgeCurve‘s Advisory Board.
Aubrey is the number one individual inspirational source of serious and scientifically minded longevity enthusiasts over the world.
The main reason for this is that he single-handedly changed the landscape of molecular biogerontology by compiling a comprehensive list of different cellular, molecular damages associated with age. This has happened in Cambridge, UK in the early 2000s. Mainstream biogerontology has followed suit only in 2013 with the Hallmarks of Aging paper and the connections between the different classes of damages and the different processes in the Hallmarks approach are very obvious.
For AgeCurve the Hallmarks approach is the default starting point in terms of our personal proteomics analysis we offer to end users. And we are grateful for Aubrey’s foundational work that lead to this catalogue and web of interconnectedness.
Since last year, Aubrey has become AgeCurve‘s biggest individual backer by providing us connections, invitations and speaking opportunities. For instance he invited me to speak at the Undoing Aging conference and that event was a blast. He thought that AgeCurve’s unique personal proteomics approach would surprise many people even within the growing scientific and business longevity community. I can tell he was right.
So the announcement today is also acknowledging what he has already done for us.
Another reason for the match is that Aubrey, before relocating to California couple years ago, had done most of his work in Cambridge, which is not incidentally the home of AgeCurve too.
I first met Aubrey, in the autumn of 2006 in Cambridge, at the Eagle Pub. This happened on the second day I arrived to Cambridge as a PhD student where I spent a couple months of researching mitochondrial transfer in neural stem cell lab of Robin Franklin. Ever since then I have maintained connection with Aubrey, became a regular participant of the SENS conferences amongst others. Aubrey has been instructional in my career also: I ended up at Tulane University as a stem cell researcher after he invited me to write a piece in Rejuvenation Research.
For many who does not know Aubrey, he is a top biogerontologist (and now a top amateur mathematician too). What this also means is that he is a top networker understanding the team nature of science deeply and following up on all the projects, connections regularly. And to this day he is responding to everything I write to him, against having a permanent and increasing ‘indescribable backlog’, to use his phrasing.
Welcome, Aubrey and thank you!