Rita B. Effros

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Rita B. Effros, Ph.D. holder, is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and is a Member of the UCLA AIDS Institute. She received her Ph.D. degree in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in immunity to influenza, which she later studied in the context of aging. Her adaptation of the fibroblast cell culture model of replicative senescence to the immune system has led to the first demonstration that T lymphocytes with characteristics of replicative senescence accumulate in vivo during human aging and exert pleiotropic effects on multiple organ systems. A UCLA Faculty Member since 1984, Dr. Effros is a major force in undergraduate gerontology education, having developed an interdisciplinary year-long honors course for Freshman, entitled “Frontiers of human aging: biomedical, psychosocial and policy perspectives.” She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and was recently elected as the 2007 GSA Biological Science Chair. She has lectured at numerous international and national gerontology and immunology meetings, including GSA and Gordon Conferences, and has been twice awarded the AFAR-Eweson Endowed Lectureship. She is a Member of the NIH “Aging Systems and Geriatrics” Study Section, and also serves on the editorial board of “Experimental Gerontology,” “Mechanisms of Ageing and Development,” and “Ageing: Clinical and Experimental Research.”

Biography Updated on 3 May 2007

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