FORA.tv Speaker - Cynthia Kenyon
Cynthia Kenyon is an American Cancer Society Professor and Director of the Hillblom Center for the Biology of Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Kenyon is widely known for her pioneering research in the tiny worm called Caenorhabditis elegans, or C. elegans for short, which showed that changes to a single gene could double the worm's lifespan.
Her work sparked an intensive study of the molecular biology of aging and led to the discovery that an evolutionarily protected hormone signaling system controls aging in other organisms as well, including mammals. She has taught at UCSF since 1986, and prior to that conducted postdoctoral studies with Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, where she first began working with C. elegans.
Dr. Kenyon has received many awards for her research. She obtained her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
10.06.07 | 01:19:11 min
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