Consuelo Borrás, PhD

Dr. Borrás studied Pharmacy at the University of Valencia, where she was graduated in 1999. In 2003 she obtained a European PhD degree in the Department of Physiology (Faculty of Medicine, University of Valencia) with a thesis entitled “Importance of oxidative stress on the different longevity between males and females”. During her PhD student period, she did a pre-doctoral stay in London at The Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine in the King’s College of London under the guidance of Prof. Giovanni E. Mann. She studied how glutathione is able to modulate telomerase activity, to modify cell cycle related protein expression, and to alter the normal rhythm of cell proliferation. Studying this topic, she went to the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Onccológicas en Madrid, doing a post-doctoral stay with a specialist in telomerase and telomeres, María A. Blasco. She was also interested in studying new genes related to longevity and we published, in collaboration with Dr. Manuel Serrano’s and Dr. Maria Blasco’s groups, that p53 or telomerase can extend longevity in mice.

In 2005, Dr. Boarrás joined the Catholic University of Valencia as lecturer, and in 2008 came back to the University of Valencia as an assistant professor. In 2011, she was appointed as lecturer in the Department of Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine (University of Valencia).

At present, she is interested in factors conferring extreme longevity to centenarians and already found that they are exceptionally well regulated at the mRNA level by microRNAs (Sci Rep. 2012; 2:961). Her second interest is the study of stem cells as a useful tool to regenerate aged tissues.