Judith Campisi, Ph.D., is known for her contributions to understanding why age is the largest single risk factor for developing diseases ranging from cancer to neurodegeneration. Her research integrates the genetic, environmental and evolutionary forces that lead to aging and age-related diseases and identifies pathways that can be modified to mitigate basic aging processes.
Campisi has made significant contributions to understanding why aging is the largest single risk factor for cancer. She is widely recognized for her work on senescent cells — older cells that have stopped dividing — and their influence on aging and cancer. She joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a senior scientist in 1991 and established a second laboratory at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in 2002. At both institutions, she has established a broad program to understand various aspects of aging, with an emphasis on the interface between cancer and aging.
The 24th Cserr Lecture is given in memory of Helen F. Cserr, Ph.D., a scientist and researcher who conducted research at the MDI Biological Laboratory for 20 summers, including on the study of the blood-brain barrier in marine organisms. She is remembered as a valued member of the MDI Biological Laboratory community because of her brilliant mind, her graciousness, the high quality of her research and her ability to attract top-notch students.