Anila Venable Madiraju, Ph.D. is a senior research associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences where she currently researches the role of mitochondrial signaling in regulating metabolism, inflammatory pathways, and aging. Her major focus is to elucidate how nutrition, diet and exercise impact the human body at the molecular and cellular level, and answer fundamental questions on how to prevent aging-related diseases such as diabetes and cancer by targeting mitochondrial function.
Anila has dedicated nearly two decades to scientific research. As a young scientist at the age of 19, Anila won the Intel Foundation Award of a 50K scholarship to any university, and was selected to attend the Nobel Ceremonies where she presented her research. She holds a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. from Yale University, and was honored as the Jonas Salk Fellow in 2016-17. She recently was awarded a research sponsorship grant by Gilead Life Sciences Inc. as the Life Sciences Research Foundation Gilead Fellow.