Dr. Antonei Csoka
Dr. Antonei B. Csoka received his B.S. in Genetics from the University of Newcastle, U.K., his M.S. in Molecular Pathology and Toxicology from the University of Leicester, U.K., and his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Debrecen, Hungary. He performed postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco, where he cloned the human hyaluronidase genes, which are involved in fertilization, embryonic development, and cancer. As a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University, Dr. Csoka was instrumental in the identification of the gene that causes Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (progeria), a disease with many features of “accelerated aging.” The identification of the gene for progeria has provided important insights into the mechanisms of normal aging. Now Dr. Csoka is developing animal models of progeria, studying the role of nuclear lamina dysfunction in human disease, and exploring the nexus of stem cells, reprogramming, senescence, and epigenetics for understanding age-related diseases.