It all started when Gary Cantor, future Durham-based researcher, watched a medical reality show on TV when he was just a young boy. His goal then was to be a surgeon, until he saw a YouTube video by biomedical gerontologist Dr. Aubrey de Grey, who convinced him that medical research could make it possible for humans to live up to 1,000 years. Over several years, Gary Cantor corresponded with Dr. de Grey and convinced the teen that medical research was far more prestigious than even surgery.
From that point on, medical research was Gary’s goal. When the time came, he studied biology at the University of Florida and became a medical researcher there, while he was still in his teens. He worked in his first lab then, and he traveled to San Francisco for a four-month internship with Genentech. There, Gary Cantor worked in that organization’s Translational Oncology department and his research team researched an important treatment for breast cancer. This was just the beginning; these days, Gary Cantor, Durham medical researcher, is considered one of the best.