Valter Longo, PhD

Science Director of the Valter Longo Foundation


Biochemist, Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences, and Director of the Longevity Institute at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and Director of the Oncology and Longevity Program at IFOM, Milan.

Professor Longo earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of North Texas; he holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997, and completed post-doctoral training in the neurobiology of aging and Alzheimer’s disease at the University of Southern California.

His research focuses on the analysis of multiple genetic mechanisms underlying aging and the identification of therapeutic strategies, including nutrition, to slow down or halt the onset of age-related diseases.

Career award highlights include the 2010 Nathan Shock Lecture Award from the National Institute on Aging and the 2013 Vincent Cristofalo “Rising Star” Award for Research on Aging from the American Federation for Aging Research.