Scientist Mikhail Blagosklonny studies aging and cancer at the Rosswell Cancer Institute in New York where he is a professor. Prior to teaching at Rosswell, he was an associate of medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. From 2002 to 2009, Blagosklonny was employed as a senior scientist for Ordway Research Institute in Albany, New York.
According to Impact Journals, Mikhail Blagosklonny earned his MD in internal medicine and his Ph.D. in cardio and external medicine from the First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Peterburg.
At Roswell Cancer Institute, Dr. Blagosklonny discovered that TOR is responsible for aging. In a 2009 article, Mikhail Blagosklonny compared TOR’s effect on aging to a speeding car that is unable to slow down and gets into an accident. Unlike a car that will age because of rust, TOR in a developing cell that has seeded up and can’t slow down, it will cause organs to become damaged and cells to be affected.
This increases the number of tumors that develop, causing people to have a greater chance of getting cancer as they age. TOR is also responsible for dairy products being a risk factor for prostate cancer. It is found that cow milk produces TOR rather than the hormones found in cow milk.
Mikhail Blagosklonny has edited and published numerous articles. He is the editor of Cell Cycle, Oncotarget, as well as being the associate editor of Cancer Biology & Therapy.
Rosswell Cancer Institute is also known as Rosswell Park Cancer Institute. Mikhail Blagosklonny joined the institute as a scientist in April 2009. Research Gate revealed that Mikhail Blagosklonny studies molecular and cellular biology. He is interested in the cell cycle, cellular senescence, and anticancer therapeutics. Dr. Blagosklonny is working with mTOR as a way to slow down cell proliferation and terminate age-related diseases including the onset of cancer.
He is working on extending the human lifespan and improving cancer treatment. This cancer treatment includes protecting the cells from chemotherapy and radiation. If he can find a way to slow down the organismal aging process, perhaps cancer can be prevented in the future.