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Lorna Harries

Professor, Molecular Genetics,University of Exeter, UK, 
Co-founder, Director, Chief Scientific Officer, SENISCA Ltd.

Professor Lorna Harries is co-founder, director, and Chief Scientific Officer at SENISCA Ltd., a spin out company from the University of Exeter Medical School, founded on the back of 10+ years of academic research from the Harries lab. Lorna gained her PhD from University College London in 1994 and holds a personal chair in Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter Medical School. Lorna also heads the Exeter Animal Free Research Centre of Excellence (ARC 2.0) funded by Animal Free Research UK. The Harries lab have interests in -omics approaches to the study of ageing and age-related disease processes in humans, and her work takes a genes to systems approach, ranging from ‘big data’ analyses to detailed individual molecular analysis of particular genes. Her team were the first to report dysregulation of alternative splicing as a new, and druggable, hallmark of ageing; a finding which is now being developed as the basis for a new generation of interventions to treat the underpinning causes, not just the symptoms, of age-related chronic disease.