Discovering the Longevity Gene Featured
Show: Life, Love and Health - Special Edition
Dr. Cynthia Kenyon
Life Extension and Staying Fit While Aging
Biochemist and biophysicist Dr. Cynthia Kenyon discusses the "longevity gene" and reveals her personal, pragmatic approach to diet and health.
Cynthia Kenyon is the director of the Hillblom Center for the Biology of Aging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She studied at University of Georgia and earned her PhD from MIT researching DNA repair genes in E. coli. She completed her postdoctoral work at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, studying the development of C. elegans. Since 1986 she has served as a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF. In 1993, Dr. Kenyon's discovery that a single-gene mutation could double the lifespan of C. elegans sparked an intensive study of the molecular biology of aging. Her honors include the King Faisal Prize for Medicine, the American Association of Medical Colleges Award for Distinguished Research, the Ilse & Helmut Wachter Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, and La Fondation IPSEN Prize. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.