Sebastian Brandhorst, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Gerontology

Expertise: Nutrition and diets, Translational research, Longevity


  • PhD, Gerontology, University of Southern California
  • PhD, Medical Biology, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • MSc, Medical Biology, University of Duisburg-Essen


  • Identification of dietary interventions to extend health- and lifespan in a wide range of organisms


Sebastian Brandhorst, PhD, has scientific training based on a vast background in cell biology, molecular biology, medicine, and biochemistry, all of which are highly relevant for his focus on biogerontology research to identify the mechanisms underlying cellular protection, as well as health- and lifespan-regulation, and their translation into clinical applications. Brandhorst has performed research related to aging in yeast and C. elegans since 2009, after which he began to utilize mouse models to study the role of growth hormone/Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) signaling as a major regulatory pathway that modulates lifespan and age-associated diseases/pathologies; particularly cancer. Subsequently, he focused on the role and application of short-term starvation, low calorie and/or low protein diets and fasting-mimicking diets on health and lifespan in pre-clinical to clinical studies.

Email: brandhor@usc.edu

Office Location: GER 313E

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