Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey, born in April 20, 1963 in London, UK, is a gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK, and Mountain View, California, USA. Initially working in computer science, specifically software, he changed his subject of study to Biogerontology in the 1990’s after acknowledging the lack of interest from gerontologists in looking for a cure for aging. Professor De Grey is the current Chief Science Officer (CSO) of SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Research Foundation, a charity foundation dedicated to the study of aging, particularly the molecular and cellular damage caused by metabolism, breaking it down into seven major mechanisms of damage and proposing therapies to reverse these processes and thereby keeping age-related illnesses at bay, while extending human healthy lifespan. De Grey has given numerous talks in several different countries addressing this issue, in which he also stressed out that a big obstacle in the way to defeat aging is the public’s perception of this topic and, consequently, the amount of funding directed towards it. A fair share of controversy has been created around his theories, polarizing the scientific community.
Professor De Grey received a BA and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Biology in 1985 and 2000, respectively, from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research magazine, Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America, The American Aging Association, The International Coenzyme Q10 Association and The Mitochondrion Research Society, also belonging to the editorial and scientific advisory boards of several journals and organizations.