To Gary Cantor, Durham is a great place to learn how to make sure people can live for 1,000 years. He is also working on his Ph.D. He has been there since he happily accepted a position in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP) at the nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also part of that school’s Genetics and Molecular Biology Department.
Gary Cantor started his medical research career when he studied biology at the University of Florida. There, he became a medical researcher while he was still a teenager. He was following a dream he’s had since he was about 13 and he found a YouTube video of Dr. Aubrey de Grey, a prominent biomedical gerontologist who firmly believes that medical research can create life expectancies as high as 1,000 years.
Gary Cantor is now a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate, even though he is just 26. He now takes a different approach to human anatomy, in that he sees the human body as an advanced computer and believes that anyone with knowledge of the body’s genome, which functions as the body’s instruction manual, can possibly make the computer run forever.