Dr. Longo is the Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences and director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology, Los Angeles. Dr. Longo’s studies focus on the fundamental mechanisms of aging in simple organisms, mice, and humans. The Longo laboratory has identified several genetic pathways that regulate aging in simple organisms and reduce the incidence of multiple diseases in mice and humans. His laboratory also described both dietary and genetic interventions that protect cells and improve the treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases in mammals. Dr. Longo’s most recent studies are on interventions that can affect stem cell-based regeneration to promote longevity. The Longevity Institute, directed by Dr. Longo, includes over 40 faculty members focused on topics ranging from regeneration to dietary restriction to engineering all aimed at improving health and lifespan in the near future. Among the accolades received by Dr. Longo are the 2010 Nathan Shock Lecture Award from the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health and the 2013 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research from the American Federation for Aging Research.
Dr. Longo was born and raised in Genoa, Italy, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas, where he majored in biochemistry with a minor in jazz performance. He received his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997. He started his independent career in 2000 at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology, one of the first and, now, leading programs for aging research and education.