Dena Dubal, MD, PhD

Professor in Residence
+1 415 502-7237
Research Description: 

The goal of our research is to investigate mechanisms of longevity, resilience and neurodegenerative disease. Broadly we investigate how aging pathways can confer resilience to a brain and counter neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Using genetic mouse models, cell culture methods, and study of human populations using cutting-edge techniques, we study whether longevity-derived mechanisms can pave a path toward development of urgently needed therapies in aging and disease.

To this end, we are unraveling mechanisms that underlie female longevity, studying sex chromosomal contributions to neurodegenerative disease, and investigating the longevity hormone klotho in the normal and diseased brain.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Human Genetics
Research Summary: 
Molecular mechanisms of aging, resilience, and neurodegenerative disease.
Mentorship Development: 

3/10/20    Promoting Student Mental Health:A Presentation and Discussion 
9/11/20    Mentoring Across Differences


Featured Publications: 

Life extension factor klotho prevents mortality and enhances cognition in hAPP transgenic mice.

The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience

Dubal DB, Zhu L, Sanchez PE, Worden K, Broestl L, Johnson E, Ho K, Yu GQ, Kim D, Betourne A, Kuro-O M, Masliah E, Abraham CR, Mucke L

Life extension factor klotho enhances cognition.

Cell reports

Dubal DB, Yokoyama JS, Zhu L, Broestl L, Worden K, Wang D, Sturm VE, Kim D, Klein E, Yu GQ, Ho K, Eilertson KE, Yu L, Kuro-o M, De Jager PL, Coppola G, Small GW, Bennett DA, Kramer JH, Abraham CR, Miller BL, Mucke L