Gary Cantor, Medical Research Prodigy

Gary Cantor has always wanted to give hope to the hopeless. As a young boy, he wanted to be a great surgeon, although that dream changed when he saw a video of Dr. Aubrey de Grey on YouTube. At the time, he was about 13. Dr. de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist, discussed how medical research could lead to people living as long as 1,000 years. He went to the University of Florida and he became a medical researcher early on, working with his first lab while still in his teens.

While still at the University of Florida, he took an internship in San Francisco for four months, where he worked on a team at Genentech’s Translational Oncology department. There, he was part of a team that was working on a crucial treatment for breast cancer. After Florida, Cantor was accepted into the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also joined the university’s Genetics and Molecular Biology Department. Currently, Gary is working on his Ph.D. and, at the tender age of 26, he hopes to spend many years living out his dream.

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