Gary Cantor Durham originally wanted to be a medical doctor who prescribed medicines or performed life-saving surgeries. This was largely based on his love for a television series in the 1990s called Trauma: Life in the ER, which he had become enamored with. However, there was some basis of truth in the show and its appeal for him largely lay in the fact that the doctors were there helping people who might otherwise be hopeless and helpless.
When he was just thirteen, Gary Cantor Durham became fascinated by genetics and molecular biology at a young age. He quickly began trying to learn all that he could in the field after watching a Youtube video of a Biomedical Gerontologist named Dr. Aubrey De Grey, who firmly believes that through research humans will soon discover how to fight aging and that the first person to live to be 1,000 years old is already alive today.
Gary Cantor Durham knew from that point forward that he wanted to do research. He looks at the human body as being no different from a computer, with the 0s and 1s of a computer being replaced by A, T, G, and C genome parts. If a computer can be made to run significantly longer through incremental repair and replacement, so can a human.
His love of medicine began as a young boy in Coral Springs, Florida, when Gary Cantor, Durham, NC researcher, latched onto the medical TV reality show, “Trauma: Life in the ER.” His admiration for the doctors he saw in that show, he decided he wanted to be just like them, especially the surgeons, at least at first. His dream of a medical career took a bit of a turn, though, when he came upon a YouTube video of Dr. Aubrey de Grey, who is a medical researcher. As a biomedical gerontologist, Dr. de Grey is of the belief medical research is the key to humans learning how to live as much as 1,000 years.
For a while, Gary Cantor corresponded with Dr. de Grey and realized that medical research was his calling. That is why, while he was just a teenager, Gary Cantor began to study biology at the University of Florida. At the same time, he also worked as a researcher in his first lab and followed that up by completing a four-month internship with Genentech in their Translational Oncology. As an intern, Gary Cantor played a critical role on a team that was studying a very innovative and promising treatment for breast cancer.
After he obtained his Biology Degree from the University of Florida, Gary was accepted into the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That is where, for Gary Cantor, Durham became home. At that time, he started working with the UNC Genetics and Molecular Biology Department. These days, Gary Cantor, Durham researcher, sees the human body as an advanced computer and he knows that anyone with knowledge of the body’s instruction manual, otherwise known as the genome, can practically get the computer to run forever.