Faculty

Comprised of some of the world’s most talented minds in gerontology, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology faculty is a group of intensely talented and passionate researchers and educators. Our faculty members include both the visionaries who pioneered modern aging study and the up-and-coming investigators who take gerontology research and service in exciting new directions.

Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty
  • Jennifer Ailshire, PhD

    Professor of Gerontology and Sociology
    Associate Dean of Research
    Associate Dean of International Programs and Global Initiatives

    Expertise: Environment, Social-determinants and disparities, Global aging
  • Bérénice Benayoun, PhD

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

    Expertise: Big data, Sex differences, Immune function
  • Lauren Brown, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Gerontology
    Edward L. Schneider, MD, Chair in Gerontological Research

    Expertise: Stress, Ethnic disparities, Biodemography
  • Pinchas Cohen, MD

    Distinguished Professor of Gerontology, Medicine and Biological Sciences
    Dean, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
    William and Sylvia Kugel Dean’s Chair in Gerontology

    Expertise: Alzheimer's and dementia, Mitochondria, Technology, Personalized aging
  • Constanza Cortes, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Gerontology

    Expertise: Alzheimer's and dementia, Resilience, Mechanisms of aging
  • Eileen Crimmins, PhD

    University Professor
    AARP Chair in Gerontology

    Expertise: Mortality and life expectancy, Demography, Cognition
  • Sean Curran, PhD

    Professor of Gerontology
    Vice Dean
    Dean of Faculty and Research
    James E. Birren Chair in Gerontology

    Expertise: Biology, Genetics, Nutrition and diets
  • Teal S. Eich, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Psychology

    Expertise: Cognition, Memory, Neuroscience
  • Susan Enguídanos, PhD, MPH

    Associate Professor of Gerontology

    Expertise: Palliative care, End-of-life, Ethnic disparities
  • Francesca Falzarano, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Gerontology

    Expertise: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and dementia, Technology
  • Caleb Finch, PhD

    University Professor
    ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Chair in the Neurobiology of Aging

    Expertise: Alzheimer's and dementia, Environment, Biology
  • Cristal M. Hill, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Gerontology

    Expertise: Nutrition/Metabolism, Mechanisms of aging, Nutrigenomics
  • Andrei Irimia, PhD

    Associate Professor of Gerontology, Quantitative & Computational Biology, Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience

    Expertise: Alzheimer's and dementia, Brain injury, Brain aging, Deep learning
  • Mireille Jacobson, PhD

    Associate Professor of Gerontology
    Assistant Dean of Academic Initiatives

    Expertise: Health economics, Policy
  • Michelle Keller, PhD, MPH

    Assistant Professor of Gerontology
    Leonard and Sophie Davis Early Career Endowed Chair in Minority Aging

  • Changhan David Lee, PhD

    Associate Professor of Gerontology

    Expertise: Mitochondria, Mechanisms of aging, Stress response
  • Valter Longo, PhD

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

    Expertise: Fasting, Nutrition and diets, Chronic diseases
  • Mara Mather, PhD

    Professor of Gerontology, Psychology, and Biomedical Engineering

    Expertise: Neuroscience, Emotion, Cognition
  • Daniel Nation, PhD

    Professor of Gerontology and Medicine
    Merle H. Bensinger Professorship in Gerontology

    Expertise: Alzheimer's and dementia, Neuroscience, Brain aging
  • Christian Pike, PhD

    Professor of Gerontology
    Assistant Dean of Research

    Expertise: Alzheimer's and dementia, Neuroscience, Sex differences
  • Ryo Sanabria, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Gerontology

    Expertise: Stress response, Mechanisms of aging, Genetics
  • Edward Schneider, MD

    Professor of Gerontology, Medicine and Biology

    Expertise: Elder abuse, Mortality and life expectancy, Long-term care
  • Marc Vermulst, PhD

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

    Expertise: Mitochondria, Mutagenesis, Transcriptomics
  • John Walsh, PhD

    Associate Professor of Gerontology
    Associate Dean of Education

    Expertise: Chronic diseases, Neuroscience, Biology
  • Kathleen Wilber, PhD

    Professor of Gerontology
    Mary Pickford Foundation Chair in Gerontology

    Expertise: Caregiving, Elder abuse, Long-term care
  • Elizabeth Zelinski, PhD

    Professor of Gerontology and Psychology

    Expertise: Cognition, Memory, Technology