Berenice Benayoun portrait

Bérénice Benayoun, PhD

Assistant Professor of Gerontology


  • 2005 B.Sc. in Biology, École Normale Supérieure, Université Paris 7, France.
  • 2007 M.Sc. in Genetics École Normale Supérieure/Université Paris 7, France.
  • 2009 Diploma from the École Normale Supérieure (Biology major), France.
  • 2011 PhD in Genetics and Cell Biology, Paris Diderot-Paris7 University, École doctorale GC2ID, Paris, France.


Bérénice Benayoun’s research focuses on epigenome and transcriptome remodeling with aging in vertebrates and the roles that these changes can play in the aging process. Her identification of a new key chromatin signature of cell identity and transcriptional consistency, which can be partially remodeled during aging, has raised important questions about the stability of cellular identity throughout life. Her work also provided the first genome draft for the naturally short-lived African turquoise killifish, a new vertebrate model for aging research.


Mailing Address: University of Southern California
Davis School of Gerontology
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Office Location: GER B14

Office Phone: (213) 821-5997