Dr. Cynthia Kenyon
Recipient of the 2014 Achievement Award in Healthy Longevity
Dr. Cynthia Kenyon, geneticist and Senior Scientific Advisor at the California Life Company (Calico), Google’s anti-aging startup, was presented with the Achievement Award in Healthy Longevity for her pioneering work in the molecular biology of aging. In 1993, Dr. Kenyon discovered that a single-gene mutation, daf-16, could double the lifespan and increase the healthspan in C. elegans. Based on her research, we have discovered that an evolutionarily-conserved hormone signaling system controls aging in many organisms, paving the way for future research in increasing human healthspan and lifespan.
We congratulate Dr. Kenyon on her impressive contributions to the genetics of aging and have no doubt that her work will change the way the world ages in our lifetimes.