MCB Faculty

Caleb Finch

University Professor, ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Chair in the Neurobiology of Aging and Professor of Gerontology, Biological Sciences, Anthropology, and Psychology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1758
Office: GER 336



  • B.S. Biophysics, Yale University, 1/1961
  • Ph.D. , Rockefeller University, 1/1969

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Finch's main interests are the genomic regulation of aging processes. He has authored three books: Longevity, Senescence, and the Genome (1990); Aging: A Natural History (1995, with R. Ricklefs); and Chance, Development, and Aging (2000, with TBL Kirkwood). In 350 reports and reviews since 1969, Finch has lead several developments in the fields of the neuroendocrinology and pharmacology of normal aging and Alzheimer disease, and in the biodemography of aging.
    Research Keywords
    Alzheimers Disease, Biological Causes of Aging, Human Longevity
    Research Specialties
    Aging and Development Biology, Ecology, Behavior & Evolution, Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation, Neurobiology & Computational Neurobiology


    Journal Article
    • Finch, C. (2006). Infection, inflammation, height, and longevity. No Journal Defined. Vol. 103, pp. 498-503.
    • Finch, C. (2005). Reversible age impairments in neurite outgrowth by manipulations of astrocytic GFAP. Neurobiology of Aging/Unknown. Vol. 26, pp. 705-715.
    • Gomi, H., Sun, W., Finch, C., Itohara, S., Yoshimi, K., Thompson, R. F. (1999). Learning induces a CDC2-related protein kinase, KKIAMRE. Journal of Neuroscience. Vol. vol. 19, pp. pp. 9530-9537.

    Honors and Awards

    • Irving Wright Award of AFAR and the Research Award of AGE, 1999  
    • Sandoz Premier Prize by the International Geriatric Association, 1995  
    • Robert W. Kleemeier Award of the Gerontological Society of America, 1985  
    • USC Associates Award For Creativity In Research And Scholarship, 1985  

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371