Charles Cantor

Charles Cantor

American molecular geneticist
Date of Birth: 26.08.1942
Country: USA

Biography of Charles Cantor

Charles Cantor is an American molecular geneticist and one of the first overseas biophysicists to visit the USSR. He is considered a legend in the Russian scientific community. On May 17, 2012, Dr. Cantor conducted a free seminar in Moscow titled "SNP Genotyping and other applications of Automated Nucleic Acid Mass Spectrometry" at the Small Hall of the Polytechnic Museum. During the seminar, he discussed new developments in the fields of molecular biophysics and genetics, as well as the diagnosis of oncological and hereditary diseases, microbial typing, and more. Dr. Cantor is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

Charles Cantor


He was a professor of biomedical engineering and pharmacology at Boston University, where he continues his research activities in collaboration with his companies, Sequenom and Retrotope. As a visiting professor, Cantor also taught at the University of California, San Diego, and was a visiting professor at the Scripps Research Institute. He also became an invited professor at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He expressed his intention to "expand the boundaries of quantitative molecular recognition" through interaction with students and faculty at MIPT. He aims to eliminate limitations caused by stochastic discretization and is enthusiastic about synthesizing nanoscale objects using biological tools. The synthesis and replication of nanoscale objects are intended to be used as elements of nanoscale physics detectors. In collaboration with David Schwartz, Dr. Cantor developed pulse electrophoresis and methods for working with large DNA molecules.

Charles Cantor


Dr. Cantor is the director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology at Boston University. In the university lab, he has developed proven methods for separating large DNA molecules, studied structural relationships in complex proteins and nucleic acids, and developed methods for sensitive detection of proteins and nucleic acids in various conditions. Currently, the professor is involved in the development of new methods for non-invasive cancer diagnostics. He also has an interest in neurodegenerative diseases and other clinical conditions. In his research, Dr. Cantor and his colleagues use non-cellular DNA sequences and epigenetically modified DNA, RNA, and proteins. He has also adopted nucleic acid and nucleic acid-protein nanoscale structures as detectors in his work. Dr. Cantor serves as a consultant for more than sixteen biotechnology companies and continues to be active in areas such as nanotechnology and biocomputing.


Charles Cantor has authored over 450 scientific articles and obtained 65 patents. His three-volume book "Biophysical Chemistry," co-authored with Paul Schimmel, was highly sought after as a textbook in the 1980s and 1990s. In terms of personal life, Professor Cantor has never been married and has always lived a bachelor lifestyle. He wakes up each morning in good health and walks approximately eight kilometers to his beloved work.

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