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Valter Longo seeks clues to a long and healthy life

By Cristy Lytal

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Valter Longo, PhD, is out to prove that gerontology is a young man’s game. The 46-year-old USC professor of gerontology and biological sciences has dedicated his career to slowing the implacable process of aging.

Growing up in Genoa, Italy, Longo spent countless hours emulating the guitar stylings of rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits. At age 16, he moved to Chicago to take jazz guitar lessons before heading to the University of North Texas to continue his studies.

During his second year of college as a music major, Longo was tapped to direct the marching band. As his music sensibilities were deeply rooted in rock, he refused, and the music department told him to find a different major. “Without hesitation, I said, ‘I want to learn about aging,’” he said.

After receiving his PhD in biochemistry at UCLA, Longo decided to take a molecular approach to aging, so he joined the UCLA labs of chemist Joan S. Valentine, PhD, and geneticist Edith B. Gralla, PhD. Read More »

January 24th, 2014|Announcements|

It’s Elementary

The “Molecular and Social Systems: Learning through Creative Exploration” exhibit opened July 12 at the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Institute for Genetic Medicine, melding art, medicine and social activism that promotes physical and social healing. The exhibit runs through Oct. Read More »

July 18th, 2014|Announcements|

Matarić, McMahon earn university recognition for faculty roles

Interim USC President Wanda M. Austin has appointed Keck School of Medicine of USC professors Maja J. Matarić and Andrew P. McMahon as Distinguished Professor and University Professor, respectively. The two are joined by USC Davis School of Gerontology Professor Kelvin J. Read More »

January 28th, 2019|Announcements, Keck Net Intranet|

Amy Lee, Eddie Sheh among honorees at Academic Honors Convocation

Amy Lee, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Eddie Sheh, professor of clinical restorative sciences at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, were among the Trojans Read More »

April 26th, 2018|Announcements, Keck Net Intranet|

Keck School professor named fellow of esteemed scientific society

A Keck School of Medicine of USC physician has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor awarded to AAAS members by their peers. David Warburton, OBE, DSc, MD, MMM, professor of pediatrics, Read More »

December 1st, 2017|Announcements, Keck Net Intranet|

USC teams with CIRM to celebrate Stem Cell Awareness Day

By Cristy Lytal

For the millions of people around the world who suffer from incurable diseases and injuries, Stem Cell Awareness Day is a time for hope.

In honor of the occasion, USC Stem Cell is joining institutions and educators from around the world in hosting a series of public events to raise awareness and celebrate this promising field of medicine in partnership with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Read More »

September 27th, 2013|Announcements|