Dr. Natalia S. Gavrilova  -  Biographical Sketch

Dr. Natalia S. Gavrilova, Ph.D., is an expert in epidemiology of human aging, mortality and longevity. Her current research interests are focused on heritability of human longevity, effects of early-life conditions on human longevity, factors of exceptional longevity, as well as mortality trends in Russia and the United States. As a researcher with more than 20 years of experience, Natalia Gavrilova has published nearly a hundred of scientific publications on human longevity and related topics. Her research projects were funded by international funding agencies, including the International Science Foundation, the European Union (INTAS), and the U.S. National Institute on Aging.  Currently Natalia Gavrilova is a Principal Investigator of a Research Project on Exceptional Human Longevity supported by the Society of Actuaries.

Natalia Gavrilova is a co-author (with Dr. Leonid Gavrilov) of internationally known monograph "The Biology of Life Span: A Quantitative Approach" published by Harwood Academic in 1991. This book is selected and cited by Encyclopedia Britannica as recommended reference. It was also favorably reviewed by dozens of scientific journals, including the Journal of the Institute of Actuaries, Nature and British Medical Journal.

Natalia Gavrilova is an invited author in a number of publication projects, including the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Aging, the Springer book "Sex and Longevity", special issue of 'Population' journal on biodemography of aging, and special issue of the Journal of Theoretical Biology on aging theories.  She is an expert (referee) for 14 scientific journals, including Journal of Gerontology, Population and Development Review, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Biogerontology, Mathematical Population Biology, Demography, Population, Social Biology, and European Journal of Population .  She is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), Population Association of America (PAA), Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and Social Science and History Association (SSHA).

Dr. Gavrilova has been an invited speaker at several conferences including the International Seminar 'Projecting Future Mortality', (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) sponsored  by Continuous Mortality Investigation Bureau and the Government Actuary's Department  in October, 2003.  Natalia Gavrilova was also an invited speaker on "Bio-Actuarial Studies of Human Longevity" at the Chicago Actuarial Association Workshop in March 2004.  She gives lectures at scientific conferences worldwide including the International Conference on Longevity (Sydney, Australia, 2004).

Dr. Natalia Gavrilova is currently working at the Center on Economics and Demography of Aging, National Opinion Research Center, affiliated with the University of Chicago. More information about her current research activities could be found at her scientific website "Longevity Science: Unraveling the Secrets of Human Aging and Longevity" at: http://longevity-science.org/.

Selected Publications:

Gavrilova N.S., et al.. Does Exceptional Human Longevity Come With High Cost of Infertility? Testing the Evolutionary Theories of Aging. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2004, vol. 1019,  in press.

Gavrilova N.S., et al. Early-life predictors of human longevity: Analysis of the 19th Century birth cohorts. Annales de Demographie Historique, 2003, 2: 177-198.

Gavrilova N.S., Gavrilov L.A. Evolution of Aging. In: David J. Ekerdt (eds.) Encyclopedia of Aging, New York, Macmillan Reference USA, 2002, vol. 2, 458-467.

Gavrilova N.S., Gavrilov L.A. When does human longevity start?: Demarcation of the boundaries for human longevityJournal of Anti-Aging Medicine, 2001, 4(2): 115-124.

Gavrilova N.S., et al. The response of violent mortality to economic crisis in Russia. Population Research and Policy Review, 2000, 19: 397-419.

Gavrilova N.S., Gavrilov L.A. Data resources for biodemographic studies on familial clustering of human longevity. Demographic Research [Online], 1999, vol.1(4): 1-48. Available online at: http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol1/4/

Gavrilova N.S. et al.  Evolution, mutations and human longevity. Human Biology, 1998, 70: 799-804.