Berenice Benayoun portrait

Bérénice Benayoun, PhD

Assistant Professor of Gerontology, Molecular and Computational Biology, Biological Sciences and Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Expertise: Big data, Sex differences, Immune function


  • PhD, Genetics and Cell Biology, Paris Diderot-Paris 7 University, École doctorale GC2ID, Paris, France, 2011
  • Diploma from the École Normale Supérieure (Biology major), France, 2009
  • MSc, Genetics École Normale Supérieure/Université Paris 7, France, 2007
  • BSc, Biology, École Normale Supérieure, Université Paris 7, France, 2005


  • Faculty Affiliate, USC Neuroscience Graduate Program


Bérénice Benayoun, PhD, researches 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.


Email: bbenayou@usc.edu

Office Location: GER B14

Office Phone: (213) 821-5997

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