Anirvan Ghosh

Anirvan Ghosh

Formal First Name
4/19/1964 - present

Anirvan Ghosh is Chief Executive Officer of UNITY Biotechnology, a clinical-stage company focused on developing medicines to slow age-associated diseases. Prior to this, he led a team of 350 scientists and clinicians at Biogen. His team was responsible for preclinical, and clinical Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies in all of the disease areas at Biogen. Ghosh was also involved in expanding the portfolio through key partnerships, including acquisition of early-stage assets in Alzheimer’s Disease, Schizophrenia, and Ophthalmology, and several multi-asset platform collaborations.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Ghosh was born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • His family moved to India and grew up in the city of Kanpur.
  • He lived his life in an academic setting, being heavily influenced by the work of his parents and their interest in traveling and showing their children various sites. 
  • He stayed in the Indian educational system until he was 17 years old.
  • While transitioning into the American educational system, he undertook undergraduate research projects in the laboratories of Jack Beacham, Thomas Tombrello, and Jerome Pine. 
  • He was afforded the opportunity to work in Thomas Reese's lab at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, a place at which he had a defining moment during a neurobiology course. 
  • He studied under Carla J. Shatz while at Stanford University, researching brain-cell development.
  • He did his postdoctoral research with Michael Greenberg at Harvard Medical School in the field of molecular neurobiology, focusing on experiential cortical development in the brain.


  • The impact of his scientific contributions is demonstrated in more than 100 scientific publications in top-tier journals, including Science and Nature. 


  • 1990 to 1991 - Giannini Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • 1991 to 1994 - Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1994 to 1995 - Medical Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1995 to 1997 - Damon Runyon Scholar Award
  • 1996 to 1998 - Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
  • 1996 to 1999 - EJLB Foundation Scholar Research Award
  • 1996 to 1999 - Klingenstein Fellowship Award in Neuroscience
  • 1997 to 2001 - Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Grant
  • 1997 - Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • 2000 - Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award
  • 2003 - Stephen Kuffler Professorship, University of California San Diego
  • 2016 - John Merck Scholar Award