Faculty Profile

Pinchas Cohen, M.D.

Dean, USC Davis School of Gerontology
Executive Director, Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center
William and Sylvia Kugel Dean’s Chair in Gerontology

Research

Aging, neurodegeneration, cancer and diabetes; the emerging science of mitochondrial-derived peptides (which he discovered) specifically, humanin, a 24 amino-acid peptide encoded from the mt-16S-rRNA is a novel, centrally acting, insulin sensitizer and metaboloprotective factor representing a new therapeutic and diagnostic target in diabetes and related disease.

Overview

Dr. Cohen held his first faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 1999. Up to summer 2012, he was a professor and Vice Chair for Research at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as well as the Co-Director of the UCSD/UCLA Diabetes Research Center.

He received numerous awards for his research, including a National Institute of Aging “EUREKA”-Award and the NIH-Director-Transformative RO1-Grant. He also recently received the Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging.

He holds several patents for novel peptides and is the Cofounder of CohBar, a biotechnology company developing mitochondrial peptides for diabetes. Dr. Cohen has published over 250 papers in top scientific journals focusing on aging, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, growth hormone, IGF-biology and the emerging science of mitochondrial-derived peptides, which he discovered–specifically, humanin, a 24 amino-acid peptide encoded from the mt-16S-rRNA. It is a novel, centrally acting, insulin sensitizer and metaboloprotective factor representing a new therapeutic and diagnostic target in diabetes and related disease.

Dr. Cohen is president-elect of the Growth Hormone Society and served on the Endocrine Society Steering Committee. He sits on multiple NIH study sections and on several editorial boards.

Dr. Cohen is leading several new initiatives at the USC Davis School, including the development of a center for digital aging, and a major focus on the creation of tools for “personalized aging”, an approach he has been spearheading for the purpose of garnering the latest technologies such as genomics towards individualizing healthy aging strategies, that has been featured in the Milken Global Conference and in the Bloomberg Longevity Economy Conference.

Contact Info

E-mail: gerodean@usc.edu

Mailing Address:

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

Office Location: GER 103

Office Phone: (213) 740-1354

Fax: (213) 740-5694

Lab:Website

Education

  • M.D., Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1986
  • Postdoctoral training, Stanford University, 1986-1992

Publications

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