Leonid A. Gavrilov

Senior Research Scientist

Academic Research Centers

Ph.D., Genetics, Moscow State University
M.Sc., Chemistry, Moscow State University

Leonid A. Gavrilov is a Senior Research Scientist for the Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging with NORC at the University of Chicago. He also is a faculty member in the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasion Studies at the University of Chicago.
Gavrilov specializes in the biodemography of aging and longevity, mathematical modeling of aging and mortality, population aging and the demography of the Former Soviet Union.

Gavrilov is currently the principal investigator for Biodemography of Exceptional Longevity in the United States, a study funded by the National Institute on Ageing (NIA)  in which he is investigating biological and social correlates for people that live over 100. Other studies funded by the NIA include Middle-Life Physical Markers, Socioeconomic Status and Exceptional Longevity: An Exploratory Study of a New Data Resource, and the Biodemography of Human Longevity - Training Program. Both projects focused on aging and acted as pre-cursors to Gavrilov's current work with Biodemography of Exceptional Longevity in the United States. Gavrilov works at NORC with long-time colleague Natalia S. Gavrilova, Ph.D., and has developed a number of joint publications and projects with her.

Before coming to the United States, Gavrilov held senior research positions in Moscow (Russia) at the A.N. Belozersky Institute, Moscow State University and at the Institute for Systems Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences.  

In demand as a speaker at conferences, meetings, and workshops internationally, Gavrilov's work has been featured in a variety of publications, such as Population Research and Policy Review, North American Actuarial Journal, Social Biology, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Population, Demographic Research,Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Human Biology, Handbook of the Biology of Aging (Sixth Edition), and many more. He serves on several editorial boards, including Experimental Gerontology (Elsevier Science, Inc.), Gerontology (Karger), Rejuvenation Research (Mary Ann Libert Inc. Publishers), Advanced Science Letters (American Scientific Publishers) and Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling (BioMed Central).

The Moscow Society of Naturalists, the International Science Foundation, the European Union and others have honored and recognized Gavrilov for his ongoing contributions to research in aging.  He is a member of the Population Association of America and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, where he has served on the Executive Committee on Biological Sciences and the Task Force on Organizational Technology and Computers. He is currently a Convener for the Gerontological Society of America Interest Group "Societal Implications of Delayed Aging."  

Representative Projects

Biodemography of Exceptional Longevity in the United States. This project proposes to investigate why some people manage to survive to extreme old age (100+ years) and what are the biological and social correlates of exceptional longevity. These are important issues not only for demographic forecasts of human mortality and population aging, and the policy implications on health-care and pension expenditures, but also for improving our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of human aging and longevity. The project proposes to explore the effects of early-life living conditions, adult physical characteristics, marriage, and reproductive history on exceptional longevity, and will test a number of related biomedical and social hypotheses.  The project is designed as an interdisciplinary study of exceptional human longevity. To contribute to the research infrastructure for subsequent longevity studies world-wide, a database with integrated, matched information on longevity predictor variables will be developed, and made available to the research community on the Internet. More


Event U.S. Mortality at Advanced Ages, Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Wednesday, March 20, 2013 More
Posted: 3.21.2013 2:49PM
News The Daily Herald: A happier, healthier life, with insight from NORC's Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 7.30.2012 4:37PM
News Discovery News: Life, longevity and being born in the Fall, with input from NORC's Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 7.27.2012 3:30PM
News New Scientist: How to hit 100, with findings from NORC's own Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 7.17.2012 7:54PM
News U.S. News and World Report: "Do You Have What it Takes to Live to 100?" with NORC's Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 5.11.2012 4:35PM


Leonid A. Gavrilov

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