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How Gary Cantor, Durham Doctor, Thinks of Research

February 27, 2017

For Gary Cantor, Durham is a great place to conduct research. He is there now, studying for his Ph.D. and focusing on projects that could help humans live a much longer and healthier life. He has seemingly always dreamed of a career in medicine, ever since he saw doctors on TV when he was a young boy and wanted to be one. At first, surgery appealed to him most, but that hanged when he was led to the medical research field by Dr. Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist who believes that medical research can create help people live to 1,000.

Gary Cantor started his medical research career at the University of Florida, where worked in his first lab while still in his teens. He also worked as an intern at Genentech in San Francisco, in their Translational Oncology department. There, he worked with a team that was researching a very important treatment for breast cancer. After Florida, Cantor worked and studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is down the road from Gary Cantor’s, Durham home.