University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Valter Longo

Valter LongoValter Longo, is the Edna M. Jones Professor in the USC Davis School of Gerontology, professor in biological science, and the director of the Longevity Institute. Longo’s laboratory is interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of aging by using genetics and biochemistry techniques. By studying simple organisms, mice and humans he is also investigating both dietary and pharmacological interventions that protect cells and improve the prevention and treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases of aging. The most recent studies are also focusing on interventions that can affect stem cell-based regeneration.

The Longevity Institute, under Longo’s direction, includes over 40 faculty members focusing on research on topics ranging from regeneration to dietary restriction to engineering to improve the healthy lifespan.

Valter Longo has received numerous national and international awards, including the 2012 Nathan Shock Award from the National Institute of Health and the 2012 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research from the American Federation of Aging Research.

Valter Longo was born and raised in Genoa, Italy and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas in 1992, where he majored in biochemistry with a minor in jazz performance. He continued his studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where he started his graduate studies in the pathology department but received his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1997. He completed his postdoctoral training in neurobiology at USC.

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