As far as Gary Cantor is concerned, Durham is one of the best places anywhere for medical research. An experienced medical researcher, he has been engaging in cutting edge research since he studied biology and worked in his first lab at the University of Florida when he was still in his teens. Back then, he took a trip to San Francisco, where he worked as an intern for Genentech in their Translational Oncology department There, he was part of a team trying to develop a phenomenally important breast cancer treatment.
In reality, Gary Cantor always imagined himself with a career in medicine. He started out wanting to be a great surgeon because he thought they were cool, but at age 13, he saw a YouTube video of biomedical gerontologist Dr. Aubrey de Grey, who firmly believes that medical research could create life expectancies of as much as 1,000 years. These days, Gary Cantor, who is still just 26, even though he is a Ph.D. candidate, sees the human body as an advanced computer and believes that anyone with knowledge of its instruction manual, the human genome, can possibly make the computer run forever. Given his youth, Gary Cantor is just beginning to move medical science forward.