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Svetlana Ukraintseva

Research Professor in the Social Science Research Institute
Social Science Research Institute
Box 90420, Durham, NC 27708-0420
2024 W. Main St, Erwin Mill Bldg, A105, Durham, NC 27708-0420


Dr. Ukraintseva studies causes of human aging and related decline in resilience, to identify genetic and other factors responsible for the increase in mortality risk with age eventually limiting longevity. She explores complex relationships, including trade-offs, between physiological aging-changes and risks of major diseases (with emphasis on Alzheimer’s and cancer), as well as survival, to find new genetic and other targets for anti-aging interventions and disease prevention. She also investigates possibilities of repurposing of existing vaccines and treatments for AD prevention and interventions into the aging. For this, Dr. Ukraintseva and her team use data from several large human studies containing rich genetic and phenotypic information (including longitudinal measurements) on thousands of individuals. Dr. Ukraintseva is a PI and Key Investigator on several NIH funded grants, and has more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, including in major journals such as Nature Reviews, Stroke, European Journal of Human Genetics, and some other.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Research Professor in the Social Science Research Institute · 2023 - Present Social Science Research Institute, University Institutes and Centers
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2012 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

Russian Academy of Medical Science (Russia) · 1998 Ph.D.