Leslie Gordon MD PhD

Leslie Gordon, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Research), Rhode Island Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Providence, RI Staff Scientist, Department of Anesthesia, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Research), Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, Providence, RI

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Experience and Education


Medical School

Brown University School of Medicine, 1998

Providence, RI

Graduate School

Brown University School of Medicine, 1991

Providence, RI

Fellowship, Anatomy and Cellular Biology

Tufts University School of Medicine, 1992-1994

Boston, MA


Dr. Gordon is conducts her clinical and basic research on Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (Progeria), a rare, fatal genetic condition characterized by accelerated aging in children. Dr. Gordon is a co-founder of The Progeria Research Foundation, Inc. (PRF) and serves as the organization's volunteer Medical Director. Dr. Gordon is the Principal Investigator on three ongoing programs for Progeria, including the a medical and research database, cell and tissue bank, and the genetic diagnostics program. She has organized 5 National Institutes of Health-funded, international scientific meetings on Progeria. She has received the March of Dimes Basil OConnor Award, the American Heart Association Scientist Development Award, The Gerontological Society of America Award for Contributions to Progeria, the National Institutes of Health Bench to Bedside Grant. She is co-chair of the first-ever clinical drug trial for children with Progeria. 


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  1. Gabriel D, Gordon LB, Djabali K. Temsirolimus Partially Rescues the Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Cellular Phenotype. PLoS One. 2016; 11(12):e0168988.
  2. Bar DZ, Arlt MF, Brazier JF, Norris WE, Campbell SE, Chines P, Larrieu D, Jackson SP, Collins FS, Glover TW, Gordon LB. A novel somatic mutation achieves partial rescue in a child with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. J Med Genet. 2017 Mar; 54(3):212-216.
  3. Rivera-Torres J, Calvo CJ, Llach A, Guzmán-Martínez G, Caballero R, González-Gómez C, Jiménez-Borreguero LJ, Guadix JA, Osorio FG, López-Otín C, Herraiz-Martínez A, Cabello N, Vallmitjana A, Benítez R, Gordon LB, Jalife J, Pérez-Pomares JM, Tamargo J, Delpón E, Hove-Madsen L, Filgueiras-Rama D, Andrés V. Cardiac electrical defects in progeroid mice and Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome patients with nuclear lamina alterations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Nov 15; 113(46):E7250-E7259.
  4. Gordon LB, Kleinman ME, Massaro J, D'Agostino RB, Shappell H, Gerhard-Herman M, Smoot LB, Gordon CM, Cleveland RH, Nazarian A, Snyder BD, Ullrich NJ, Silvera VM, Liang MG, Quinn N, Miller DT, Huh SY, Dowton AA, Littlefield K, Greer MM, Kieran MW. Clinical Trial of the Protein Farnesylation Inhibitors Lonafarnib, Pravastatin, and Zoledronic Acid in Children With Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. Circulation. 2016 Jul 12; 134(2):114-25.
  5. Gordon LB, Kieran MW, Kleinman ME, Misteli T. The decision-making process and criteria in selecting candidate drugs for progeria clinical trials. EMBO Mol Med. 2016 07; 8(7):685-7.
  6. Ullrich NJ, Gordon LB. Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Handb Clin Neurol. 2015; 132:249-64.
  7. Gabriel D, Roedl D, Gordon LB, Djabali K. Sulforaphane enhances progerin clearance in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria fibroblasts. Aging Cell. 2015 Feb; 14(1):78-91.
  8. Miyamoto MI, Djabali K, Gordon LB. Atherosclerosis in ancient humans, accelerated aging syndromes and normal aging: is lamin a protein a common link? Glob Heart. 2014 Jun; 9(2):211-8.
  9. Gordon LB, Massaro J, D'Agostino RB, Campbell SE, Brazier J, Brown WT, Kleinman ME, Kieran MW. Impact of farnesylation inhibitors on survival in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Circulation. 2014 Jul 01; 130(1):27-34.
  10. Gordon LB, Rothman FG, López-Otín C, Misteli T. Progeria: a paradigm for translational medicine. Cell. 2014 Jan 30; 156(3):400-7.
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  12. Rork JF, Huang JT, Gordon LB, Kleinman M, Kieran MW, Liang MG. Initial cutaneous manifestations of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Pediatr Dermatol. 2014 Mar-Apr; 31(2):196-202.
  13. Ullrich NJ, Kieran MW, Miller DT, Gordon LB, Cho YJ, Silvera VM, Giobbie-Hurder A, Neuberg D, Kleinman ME. Neurologic features of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome after lonafarnib treatment. Neurology. 2013 Jul 30; 81(5):427-30.
  14. Silvera VM, Gordon LB, Orbach DB, Campbell SE, Machan JT, Ullrich NJ. Imaging characteristics of cerebrovascular arteriopathy and stroke in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2013 May; 34(5):1091-7.
  15. Gordon LB, Cao K, Collins FS. Progeria: translational insights from cell biology. J Cell Biol. 2012 Oct 01; 199(1):9-13.
  16. Gordon LB, Kleinman ME, Miller DT, Neuberg DS, Giobbie-Hurder A, Gerhard-Herman M, Smoot LB, Gordon CM, Cleveland R, Snyder BD, Fligor B, Bishop WR, Statkevich P, Regen A, Sonis A, Riley S, Ploski C, Correia A, Quinn N, Ullrich NJ, Nazarian A, Liang MG, Huh SY, Schwartzman A, Kieran MW. Clinical trial of a farnesyltransferase inhibitor in children with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Oct 09; 109(41):16666-71.
  17. Cleveland RH, Gordon LB, Kleinman ME, Miller DT, Gordon CM, Snyder BD, Nazarian A, Giobbie-Hurder A, Neuberg D, Kieran MW. A prospective study of radiographic manifestations in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Pediatr Radiol. 2012 Sep; 42(9):1089-98.
  18. Wenzel V, Roedl D, Gabriel D, Gordon LB, Herlyn M, Schneider R, Ring J, Djabali K. Naïve adult stem cells from patients with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome express low levels of progerin in vivo. Biol Open. 2012 Jun 15; 1(6):516-26.
  19. Ullrich NJ, Silvera VM, Campbell SE, Gordon LB. Craniofacial abnormalities in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2012 Sep; 33(8):1512-8.
  20. Gerhard-Herman M, Smoot LB, Wake N, Kieran MW, Kleinman ME, Miller DT, Schwartzman A, Giobbie-Hurder A, Neuberg D, Gordon LB. Mechanisms of premature vascular aging in children with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Hypertension. 2012 Jan; 59(1):92-7.
  21. Harten IA, Zahr RS, Lemire JM, Machan JT, Moses MA, Doiron RJ, Curatolo AS, Rothman FG, Wight TN, Toole BP, Gordon LB. Age-dependent loss of MMP-3 in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2011 Nov; 66(11):1201-7.
  22. Gordon CM, Gordon LB, Snyder BD, Nazarian A, Quinn N, Huh S, Giobbie-Hurder A, Neuberg D, Cleveland R, Kleinman M, Miller DT, Kieran MW. Hutchinson-Gilford progeria is a skeletal dysplasia. J Bone Miner Res. 2011 Jul; 26(7):1670-9.
  23. Olive M, Harten I, Mitchell R, Beers JK, Djabali K, Cao K, Erdos MR, Blair C, Funke B, Smoot L, Gerhard-Herman M, Machan JT, Kutys R, Virmani R, Collins FS, Wight TN, Nabel EG, Gordon LB. Cardiovascular pathology in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria: correlation with the vascular pathology of aging. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2010 Nov; 30(11):2301-9.
  24. Marji J, O'Donoghue SI, McClintock D, Satagopam VP, Schneider R, Ratner D, Worman HJ, Gordon LB, Djabali K. Defective lamin A-Rb signaling in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome and reversal by farnesyltransferase inhibition. PLoS One. 2010 Jun 15; 5(6):e11132.
  25. Domingo DL, Trujillo MI, Council SE, Merideth MA, Gordon LB, Wu T, Introne WJ, Gahl WA, Hart TC. Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome: oral and craniofacial phenotypes. Oral Dis. 2009 Apr; 15(3):187-95.
  26. Gordon LB, Harling-Berg CJ, Rothman FG. Highlights of the 2007 Progeria Research Foundation scientific workshop: progress in translational science. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2008 Aug; 63(8):777-87.
  27. Bingham A, Mamyrova G, Rother KI, Oral E, Cochran E, Premkumar A, Kleiner D, James-Newton L, Targoff IN, Pandey JP, Carrick DM, Sebring N, O'Hanlon TP, Ruiz-Hidalgo M, Turner M, Gordon LB, Laborda J, Bauer SR, Blackshear PJ, Imundo L, Miller FW, Rider LG. Predictors of acquired lipodystrophy in juvenile-onset dermatomyositis and a gradient of severity. Medicine (Baltimore). 2008 Mar; 87(2):70-86.
  28. Merideth MA, Gordon LB, Clauss S, Sachdev V, Smith AC, Perry MB, Brewer CC, Zalewski C, Kim HJ, Solomon B, Brooks BP, Gerber LH, Turner ML, Domingo DL, Hart TC, Graf J, Reynolds JC, Gropman A, Yanovski JA, Gerhard-Herman M, Collins FS, Nabel EG, Cannon RO, Gahl WA, Introne WJ. Phenotype and course of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. N Engl J Med. 2008 Feb 07; 358(6):592-604.
  29. McClintock D, Ratner D, Lokuge M, Owens DM, Gordon LB, Collins FS, Djabali K. The mutant form of lamin A that causes Hutchinson-Gilford progeria is a biomarker of cellular aging in human skin. PLoS One. 2007 Dec 05; 2(12):e1269.
  30. Kieran MW, Gordon L, Kleinman M. New approaches to progeria. Pediatrics. 2007 Oct; 120(4):834-41.
  31. Gordon LB, McCarten KM, Giobbie-Hurder A, Machan JT, Campbell SE, Berns SD, Kieran MW. Disease progression in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome: impact on growth and development. Pediatrics. 2007 Oct; 120(4):824-33.
  32. Lemire JM, Patis C, Gordon LB, Sandy JD, Toole BP, Weiss AS. Aggrecan expression is substantially and abnormally upregulated in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome dermal fibroblasts. Mech Ageing Dev. 2006 Aug; 127(8):660-9.
  33. Varga R, Eriksson M, Erdos MR, Olive M, Harten I, Kolodgie F, Capell BC, Cheng J, Faddah D, Perkins S, Avallone H, San H, Qu X, Ganesh S, Gordon LB, Virmani R, Wight TN, Nabel EG, Collins FS. Progressive vascular smooth muscle cell defects in a mouse model of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Feb 28; 103(9):3250-5.
  34. McClintock D, Gordon LB, Djabali K. Hutchinson-Gilford progeria mutant lamin A primarily targets human vascular cells as detected by an anti-Lamin A G608G antibody. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Feb 14; 103(7):2154-9.
  35. Capell BC, Erdos MR, Madigan JP, Fiordalisi JJ, Varga R, Conneely KN, Gordon LB, Der CJ, Cox AD, Collins FS. Inhibiting farnesylation of progerin prevents the characteristic nuclear blebbing of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Sep 06; 102(36):12879-84.
  36. Gordon LB, Harten IA, Patti ME, Lichtenstein AH. Reduced adiponectin and HDL cholesterol without elevated C-reactive protein: clues to the biology of premature atherosclerosis in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. J Pediatr. 2005 Mar; 146(3):336-41.
  37. Goldman RD, Shumaker DK, Erdos MR, Eriksson M, Goldman AE, Gordon LB, Gruenbaum Y, Khuon S, Mendez M, Varga R, Collins FS. Accumulation of mutant lamin A causes progressive changes in nuclear architecture in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Jun 15; 101(24):8963-8.
  38. Gordon LB, Harten IA, Calabro A, Sugumaran G, Csoka AB, Brown WT, Hascall V, Toole BP. Hyaluronan is not elevated in urine or serum in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. Hum Genet. 2003 Jul; 113(2):178-87.
  39. Eriksson M, Brown WT, Gordon LB, Glynn MW, Singer J, Scott L, Erdos MR, Robbins CM, Moses TY, Berglund P, Dutra A, Pak E, Durkin S, Csoka AB, Boehnke M, Glover TW, Collins FS. Recurrent de novo point mutations in lamin A cause Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Nature. 2003 May 15; 423(6937):293-8.
  40. Gordon LB, Nolan SC, Ksander BR, Knopf PM, Harling-Berg CJ. Normal cerebrospinal fluid suppresses the in vitro development of cytotoxic T cells: role of the brain microenvironment in CNS immune regulation. J Neuroimmunol. 1998 Aug 01; 88(1-2):77-84.
  41. Gordon LB, Nolan SC, Cserr HF, Knopf PM, Harling-Berg CJ. Growth of P511 mastocytoma cells in BALB/c mouse brain elicits CTL response without tumor elimination: a new tumor model for regional central nervous system immunity. J Immunol. 1997 Sep 01; 159(5):2399-408.
  42. Gordon LB, Knopf PM, Cserr HF. Ovalbumin is more immunogenic when introduced into brain or cerebrospinal fluid than into extracerebral sites. J Neuroimmunol. 1992 Sep; 40(1):81-7.
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