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Since 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. Cynthia received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (her thesis topic was genes regulated by DNA-damaging agents in Escherichia coli) and a B.S. in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Georgia. Her current research with C. elegans explores how genetic changes can allow these microscopic worms to exceed their normal lifespan. Cynthia is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications, including a recent article in Nature about the regulation of lifespan in C. elegans. (Regulation of Lifespan by Sensory Perception in Caenorhabditis elegans, Apfeld, J. and C. Kenyon, Nature 402, 804-809.)


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