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GCLS Academic Staff

Meet Our Faculty &
Lecturers

The faculty at the Geneva College of Longevity Science (GCLS) is a dynamic blend of interdisciplinary experts, each bringing a unique perspective to the study of longevity and its related fields. Comprising renowned researchers, medical professionals, bioethicists, and data scientists, the teaching staff at GCLS fosters an environment of collaboration and innovation. With backgrounds in genetics, medicine, pharmacy, gerontology, nutrition, psychology, and public health, they work synergistically to explore the multifaceted aspects of extending human lifespan and improving quality of life. Their commitment to interdisciplinary approaches ensures that students gain a comprehensive understanding of longevity science.

Professor Milena Georgieva, PhD

Milena Georgieva is Professor at the Institute of Molecular Biology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and also the Co-founder and Chief Science Officer of EPIX.AI.

Assistant Professor David Church, PhD

David Church is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and serves as the Assistant Director for the Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity.

Professor Luiza Spiru,
MD, PhD

Luiza Spiru is Professor of Geriatrics and Old Age Psychiatry at Carol Davila University of Medicine with 25 years of experience in education, R&D and innovative clinical services.

Dr. Marcus Ranney, MBBS, BSc

Marcus Ranney, a best-selling author and longevity physician with over two decades of experience, leads Human Edge, a digital health venture that combines cutting-edge science with personalized longevity intervention.

Professor Dr. Dominik Thor, MSc

Dominik is President of the Geneva College of Longevity Science and Professor of Pharmacy. His research focuses on biomaterials, regenerative medicine, and pharmacy.

Dr. Andrea Gartenbach, MD

Dr. med. Andrea Gartenbach is an esteemed specialist in internal medicine and one of the leading longevity experts in Germany. At Axmann/Gartenbach she offers tailor made individual health management.

Assistant Professor Dr. Jordan Strom

Jordan Strom, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has published more than 70 papers. He received his B.S. in Biology from Yale University and an M.D. from Harvard.

Dr. David Barzilai,
MD, PhD 

David Barzilai is a board-certified physician, pioneer in longevity and lifestyle medicine, and Founder and CEO of agingdoc.com evidence-based healthspan coaching and consultancy.

PD Dr. Dr. Dominik Duscher

Dominik Duscher is a board-certified plastic surgeon and researcher. An author of more than 140 scientific papers he has acted as program director for applied regenerative medicine at University of Tübingen and TU Munich.

Dr. Abdelhadi Rebbaa

Dr. Abdelhadi Rebbaa has held research and faculty positions at Northwestern University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. His research focuses on target and drug discovery in cancer, stem cells, and aging. 

Joris Deelen, PhD

Joris Deelen is a geneticist and molecular biologist with a passion for research. An accomplished scientist he works as Research Group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing.

Professor Ingemar Patrick Linden, PhD

An accomplished author and assistant professor at NYU, Ingemar Patrick Linden taught philosophical issues surrounding life-extension and bioethics.

Sebastian A. Brunemeier, PhD

Sebastian A. Brunemeier is a biotech VC and company builder focused on longevity & regenerative medicine. He is Co-Founder and General Partner of Healthspan Capital, and CEO and Founder of ImmuneAGE Bio.

Orel Swenson, MD, MBA

Orel Swenson, an emergency medicine specialist is dedicated to maximizing healthspan and longevity through personalized, cutting-edge medical science, moving beyond traditional one-size-fits-all approaches.

Dorsa Jalaei, PharmD, MBA

Dorsa, a Doctor of Pharmacy with an MBA, is Co-founder and the CEO of Zeenome Longevity Company. Drawing from a diverse background in pharmaceuticals and longevity, she offers a unique perspective on health and wellness. 

Jordan Weiss, PhD 

Jordan Weiss is a research scientist at the Stanford Center on Longevity. He is interested in studying how life course histories shape trajectories of health with a focus on risk factors for cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s. 

Colwyn Headley, PhD

A biomedical scientist and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, Colwyn Headley's research interests include immunometabolism, infectious diseases, mitochondrial biology, gerontology and oxidative stress (ROS).

Assistant Professor Dr. Natalia Balyasnikova

Natalia Balyasnikova is an assistant professor at York University, where she has been teaching and researching language education and gerontology.

Brenda Eap, PhD

A biogerontologist, who trained at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Brenda Eap is VP of The Alliance for Longevity Initiatives and working to advance legislation and policies that promote healthy human lifespan.

Maryam Sadeghi, MSc

Maryam Sadeghi possesses a profound understanding of the intricate realms of neuroscience. Her primary research focus lies in unraveling the main hallmarks of longevity, with a particular emphasis on stem cells.

Dr. Max Griessinger

A medical doctor with a passion for entrepreneurship, longevity and prevention. Max Griessinger's focus is functional medicine with optimized nutrition, supplements and continuous health tracking.

Varun Dwaraka, PhD

A computational and bioinformatics scientist and the head of bioinformatics at TruDiagnostic, Varun specializes in the development and use of ML and AI models for predicting biological age, disease risk, and other clinical outputs from epigenetic datasets.

Dr. Andrea Pagani

Andrea Pagani is resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University Hospital of Regensburg. His scientific research focuses on the fields of Regenerative Medicine, Breast Cancer, and Stem Cells.

Dr. Sou Ahdjoudj Orlando  

Sou Ahdjoudj Orlando is a passionate advocate for healthy aging. She holds a PhD in Biology of Aging and has over 15 years of experience in biomedical research and senior leadership roles specializing in Global Medical Affairs.

Alyaa Al Mulla

Alyaa Al Mulla is the Founder of Longevity, a public policy Think Tank in the United Arab Emirates. As a policy-maker she specializes in wellbeing and longevity with extensive years of experience in public administration and policy

Al Hussein Elwan, BPharm

A pharmacist and health communicator, Al Hussein leverages his academic background and lifelong passion for storytelling to translate scientific discoveries into captivating narratives.

Dr. Sabine Krofczik-Wilhelm

Sabine Krofczik-Wilhelm is a neurobiologist passionate about brain health. She is leading global clinical trials in various neuroscience indications, is a dementia advocate and the founder of BrainLovesCircuits.

Lika Levskaya, M.A.

Lika Levskaya is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist and speaker at international conferences on healthy longevity.

Assistant Professor Sarantis Chlamydas, PhD

Dr. Chlamydas is Assistant Professor at the University Research Institute of Athens. With a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Bari and the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and and Epigenetics he is Global Scientific Director at Olink Proteomics. 

Jordan Baechle, MD, MTM

Jordan is a physician-scientist & bioengineer who specializes in translational research. He's trained at UC Berkeley, UCSF, and the Buck Institute and is currently a resident physician at Texas Tech University, where he trains and practices full-spectrum care.

Stephanie Lindstrom, MSc

Stephanie is a Protein Engineer / Biochemist / Molecular Biologist with R&D and academic experience. Her focus lies on advancing innovation as SVP of Science & Technology at SSP, Co-Director of Longevity Global and Founding Member at 2060.Life Foundation.

Assistant Professor Evandro F. Fang, PhD

Evandro is an Associate Professor of Molecular Gerontology at the University of Oslo (UiO) and the Akershus University Hospital. He works on the molecular mechanisms of human ageing and age-predisposed neurodegeneration.

Amela Jusic, PhD 

Biomedical scientist with extensive experience in translational research and leadership roles across industry, clinical settings, and academia at premier institutions. Her research focus on multiomics biomarkers and personalised medicine in cardiometabolic diseases.

Dr Olivia Ly Lesslar 

Olivia is an psychoneuroimmunology medical doctor. She holds several positions with innovative medical practices around the world and has completed postgraduate studies in skin cancer medicine, dermatology, and clinical nutrition management.

Dr. Christopher K. Bray

Dr. Christopher Bray is a distinguished cognitive behavioral researcher with a Ph. in Organizational & Adult Development, a second PhD in Industrial/Organizational psychology and an MBA. He is an accomplished author, speaker and CEO and founder of the Adaption Institute.

Dr. Aysegul Coruhlu, MD

Dr. Aysegul Coruhlu is a Physician, Clinical Biochemist, and advisor to longevity investors. She is also a Lecturer and Author specializing in Antiaging, Cellular Wellbeing & Nutrition, Circadian Health, and Longevity.

Ella Davar, RD

Ella Davar RD is a Longevity Dietitian, Global Wellness Advocate, Founder of the Gut-Brain Method, and Author of "You-tarian diet™: Unlock your unique bio-individuality for future longevity." She received her education in Nutrition Science from New York University.

Assistant Professor Yu-Xuan Lyu, PhD

Aging Scientist and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Advanced Biotechnology at Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, and formerly a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging.

Sam Patel, PhD

Sam Patel is an experienced Cell Biologist with a Ph.D. in Biomedicine. With a successful track record in the Pharma/Biotech industry, he specializes in cutting-edge areas such as early discovery, regenerative medicine, and precision medicine.

Alexander Fedintsev, PhD

Dr. Fedintsev is a biogerontologist and CSO of the Radical Life Extension group. His scientific background lies in the field of bioinformatics, statistics, and machine learning. Alexander earned his M.S. in Computer Science.

Ass. Professor Jack Wong

Jack has 26+ years experience in Pharma & MedTech and is Adjunct Professor/Lecturer in Chinese University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore and Tohoku University. He founded the Asia Regulatory Professionals Association (ARPA) and is CEO of RNAscence.

Natàlia Carreras, PhD

Graduated in Genetics with an MSc in Bioinformatics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Natàlia has a Ph.D. in Biomedicine at Pompeu Fabra University. Currently, she works as a senior Bioinformatician at TruDiagnostic.

Prof. Fady Hannah-Shmouni, MD FRCPC

An academic professor at the University of British Columbia, a physician-scientist and expert in adult endocrinology, hypertension, genomics, precision health, and longevity medicine. Founder of Healthspan Digital.