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Ana Maria Cuervo, Ph.D., M.D.

Ana Maria Cuervo, Ph.D., M.D.
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Professor, Developmental and Molecular Biology

Professor, Anatomy and Structural Biology

Co-Director, Institute for Aging Research

Robert and Renée Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Molecular BiologyAgingAutophagy

Cellular biology

Dr. Cuervo is considered a leader in the field of autophagy— the process by which cells remove and recycle their waste. The Barcelona, Spain native is also an expert on the cellular biology of aging. Dr. Cuervo has been quoted in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Nature, Science, Scientific American, and The Scientist

Dr. Cuervo is co-editor-in-chief of Aging Cell and has served on various National Institutes of Health (NIH) advisory panels and study sections, the National Institute on Aging’s Council, and the NIH Council of Councils. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH deputy director, and chair of the NIA Board of Scientific Counselors. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Cuervo’s work focuses on the causes of age-related diseases including degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, metabolic conditions such as diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders. Her goal is to develop therapies that will restore normal cellular housekeeping and thus prevent the accumulation of toxic protein byproducts and the death of affected cells in age-related disorders. Dr. Cuervo was named to the Highly Cited Researchers List (ranking of top 1% cited researchers) since 2018.

 

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Email: ana-maria.cuervo@einstein.yu.edu

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