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Alumni Hall of Fame
Bruce Ames ‘46

Bruce Ames is a renowned biochemist. He is the senior scientist at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and a member of the faculty at the University of California – Berkeley. He developed the Ames test, which tests for potential carcinogens. The Ames test was inexpensive and convenient. The identification of carcinogens has led to these elements being removed from commercial use. Ames’ current research is focused on aging as researches the role of mitochondrial decay in the brain while also focusing on how to optimize micronutrient intakes to prevent disease, malnutrition and obesity. Ames received his undergraduate degree from Cornell and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. He is one of the most cited scientists across all fields. He was awarded the National Medal of Science.



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