Valter Longo, PhD

Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences
Edna M. Jones Chair in Gerontology

Expertise: Fasting, Nutrition and diets, Chronic diseases


  • Postdoctoral training, USC, 2000
  • PhD, UCLA, 1997
  • BS, University of North Texas, 1992


  • Cell biology and genetics
  • Regulation of aging and multiple stress resistance systems in yeast and mammals
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes


  • Faculty Affiliate, USC Neuroscience Graduate Program


Valter Longo, PhD, is the Edna Jones Professor in Gerontology and Professor in Biological Science. He is also the Director of the USC Longevity Institute. He is interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of aging in yeast, mice and humans by using genetics and biochemistry techniques. He is also interested in identifying the molecular pathways conserved from simple organisms to humans that can be modulated to protect against multiple stresses and treat or prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease and other diseases of aging. The focus is on the signal transduction pathways that regulate resistance to oxidative damage in yeast and mice.


Email: vlongo@usc.edu

Office Location: GER 319

Office Phone: (213) 740-6212