1986, Cynthia Kenyon has taught at the University of
California, San Francisco, where she is now Herbert
Boyer Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
She joined UCSF after a post-doctoral fellowship at
the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular
Biology in Cambridge, England, where she studied the
developmental genetics of the nematode C. elegans.
received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in 1981 after completing her B.S. in chemistry
and biochemistry from the University of Georgia in 1976.
She studies explores how genetic changes can allow the
microscopic worm C. elegans to exceed its normal
life span. The recipient of numerous professional honors,
Kenyon is a member of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences and has authored or co-authored more than 50