2014 Grant Recipients

 

AFAR Research Grants
 

New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease
 

Arthritis and Aging Research Grant


Julie Martin Mid-career Awards in Aging Research
 

Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Grantees
 

Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research
 

Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging


Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging


Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program
 

 

AFAR Research Grants

Christin Burd, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University: Beyond cellular senescence: defining the meaning of p16INK4a expression in vivo
Jason Butler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College: Rejuvenation of aged vascular niches to enhance hematopoietic function
Fabio Demontis, PhD, Assistant Member, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Translational Regulation of Selective Autophagy by 4E-BP during Muscle Aging in Drosophila
Ilya Finkelstein, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin: High-Throughput Studies of Protein Homeostasis in Aging Cells
Jason Held, PhD, Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Medicine: Investigating the redox biology of aging in C. elegans
Jason Karpac, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Health Science Center: Inter-organ communication in the systemic control of aging
Subhash Katewa, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, The Buck Institute for Age Research: Role of circadian clocks in mediating effects of Dietary Restriction on lifespan extension
Jason MacGurn, PhD, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Molecular Mechanisms of Ubiquitin Homeostasis During Cellular Stress
Alexander Soukas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital: Dietary modulation of lifespan by target of rapamycin complex 2

 

New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Michal Arbel, PhD, Instructor In Neuroscience, Massachusetts General Hospital: Impaired drainage of solutes from the brain as a common mechanism of brain aging and amyloid deposition in Cerebral amyloid angiopathy and Alzheimer's disease
Roberto Fernandez-Romero, MD, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia: Mechanisms of Impaired Navigation in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Catherine Kaczorowski, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center Systems: Genetics of Cognitive Aging: The Use of the BXD Murine Reference Panel to Identify the Genetic Modifiers of Memory Function
Joshua Shulman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine: CD2AP and the integration of synaptic structure with function in brain aging and Alzheimer's disease

 

Arthritis and Aging Research Grant

Nidhi Bhutani, PhD, Assistant Professor, Stanford University: The novel role of TET1 in the onset and development of Osteoarthritis

 

Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Grantees

Stephen Helfand, MD, Professor of Biology, Brown University: Chromatin-regulated activation of retrotransposable elements - a novel molecular mechanism of aging
Heinrich Jasper, PhD, Professor, Buck Institue for Research on Aging: Host/Commensal interactions and the age-related decline of instestinal prolifereative homeostasis

 

Julie Martin Mid-career Awards in Aging Research

Malene Hansen, PhD, Associate Professor, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute: Elucidating the regulatory network of the transcription factor HLH-30/TFEB
Satchidananda Panda, PhD, Associate Professor, Salk Institute: The Role of Diurnal Eating Pattern in Determining Healthy Lifespan

 

Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research

Kumar Dharmarajan, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Yale Univeristy School of Medicine: Geriatric Conditions and Readmission after Acute Myocardial Infarction
Anne Hiniker, MD, PhD, Clinical Instructor of Neuropathology, University of California, San Francisco: Chemical-Genetic Approaches to Define Lrrk2 Kinase Function in Parkinson Disease
Jennifer Lai, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco: Frailty and Functional Status in Older Liver Transplant Patients
Kasia Lipska, MD, Instructor, Yale University: Predicting Severe Hypoglycemia among Older Adults with Diabetes
Donovan Maust, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan: Preventable Hospitalization in Dementia: The Impact of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms
John Newman, MD, PhD: Research Fellow, University of California San Francisco: Epigenetic regulation of healthspan and longevity by ketone bodies
Kelly Trevino, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychology In Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University: Anxiety With Cancer in the Elderly (ACE): A Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention
Kathleen Unroe, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Indiana University: Delivering Hospice and Palliative Care Services to Nursing Home Patients

 

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

Jacqueline Benthuysen, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine: Regulation of pancreatic beta-cell aging and proliferation
Peter Chisnell, Univeristy of California San Francisco: A Taste of Life: How Gustatory Neurons Modulate Lifespan
Alexandra Erwin, University of Kansas: Epigenetic Integrity of the Aging Germline in Drosophila melanogaster
Min-Dian Li, Yale University: The role of pro-longevity O'GlcNAc glycosylation in mitochondrial bioenergetics
Victor Lin, University of North Texas Health Science Center: Effects of Age on Urine-derived Stem Cell Pluripotency for Cell-based Therapies Against Neurodegenerative Disease
Jonathan Lin, Washington University School of Medicine: The Aging Retina: Role of Inflammation in Photoreceptor Neuron Survival
Tara Mader, University of Minnesota: Effects of Estrogen on Antioxidant Regulation in Aged Skeletal Muscle
Ayumi Nakamura, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: miR-29 as a novel biomarker and regulator of aging
Caroline Park, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Role of proteostasis in human longevity
Jennifer Ro, University of Michigan: The role of serotonin in dietary protein perception and diet-dependent longevity
Xiao-Wen Yu, Northwestern University: Reversing age-related learning deficits by genetically manipulating the CREB pathway

 

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

Blessing Amune, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Yajie An, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Daniel Ayala, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Molly Booy, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Jenna Borok, University of California, Los Angeles
Hanna Braden, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Sruti Brahmandam, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Holly Bream, University of Washington
Jennifer Brekke, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Jessica Buford-Blair, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Monica Bullock, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Lydia Bunker, New York Medical College
Arthika Chandramohan, Duke University School of Medicine
Mark Chen, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ivan Chik, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Maggie Chung, Brown University Medical School
Theora Cimino, University of California, San Francisco
Kristin Constantine, University of Michigan
Craig Cook, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
James Cuvillier, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Brian De, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
James Deardorff, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Samuel Dotson, University of North Carolina
Kendall Downer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
James Ebot, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Rocco Ferrandino, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mark Finkelstein, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Wesley Godfrey, University of Utah School of Medicine
Brittaney-Belle Gordon, University of North Carolina
Joseph Gotesman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Radhika Grandhi, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Brett Grieb, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Jasmin Harpe, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Kimystian Harrison, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Kaveh Hemati, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Adam Henderson, Brown University Medical School
Hannah Hill, University of Michigan
Kelsi Hirai, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Sarah Hirata, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Arielle Hirschfeld, University of Chicago
Kristy Hwang, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Alex Jepsen, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Olympia Kabobel, Western University of Health Sciences
Steven Kapeles, University of Michigan
Shradha Khadge, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Olivia Killeen, University of Michigan
Samer Kirmiz, Michigan State University
Jennifer Kodela, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rikki Koehler, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Darif Krasnow, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine - California
Monica Krause, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Nandini Kumar, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Erica Lash, University of Rochester
Eric Lau, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Andrea Lee, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jiwen Li, Baylor College of Medicine
Joseph Liao, University of Arizona Colllege of Medicine (Phoenix)
Anthony Liccini, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Victor Lin, University of Southern California
Yuxin Liu, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Tiffany Loh, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Riccardo Lozano, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Ronald Luu, University of California, Los Angeles
Hannah Major-Monfried, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Maria Maldonado, Baylor College of Medicine
Neeta Malviya, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Hedieh Matinrad, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Megan Meade, University of North Carolina
Joanna Mergeche, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Amanda Mesa, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Gabrielle Mock, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Stephanie Mokashi, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Bernard Morris, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Quynh-Phuong Ngo, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Andy Nguyen, University of California, Los Angeles
Elaine Nguyen, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Tijana Nikolich-Zugich, University of Arizona Colllege of Medicine (Phoenix)
Hannah Noah, University of North Carolina
Sara Noble, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Gianna O'Hara, Western University of Health Sciences
Oben Ojong-Egbe, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Tanya Orellana, SUNY Buffalo
John Ostrominski, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Jeremy Oulton, University of Arizona Colllege of Medicine
Sarah Pan, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Brian Park, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Julia Celeste Peay, Boston University School of Medicine
Destiny Pegram, University of Texas Medical Branch
Sara Phillips, Rush Medical College
Brock Polnaszek, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Andrew Portuguese, University of Rochester
Anthony Radosevich, Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Amanda Randolph, University of Texas Medical Branch
Christopher Reisig, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Abigail Richison, University of Texas Medical Branch
Steven Rogers, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Eryn Royer, University of Colorado Denver
William Rubenstein, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
William Runge, University of North Carolina
Deborah Saddington, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Marissa Sakoda, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Omid Salaami, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Parsa Salehi, Drexel University College of Medicine
Daniel Santos, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Mina Sardashti, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Matthew Schelke, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Benjamin Scherban, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Daniella Schocken, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Manoj Sekar, Duke University School of Medicine
Connie Rong Shi, Harvard Medical School
Lauren Shih, University of Utah School of Medicine
Allen Shih, Yale University School of Medicine
Mariko Shimizu, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Jennifer Dawn, Smith Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Samantha Spilman, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Anupama Sundaram, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Julie Sung, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Alain Kiyoe Takane, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Radhika Takiar, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Abigail Talley, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Liyang Tang, Johns Hopkins University
Michio Taya, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Travis Urban, University of Texas Medical Branch
Sri Ramya Vajapeyajula, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Renae Van Wyhe, Baylor College of Medicine
Judith Vick, Johns Hopkins University
Dana Walker, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Jessica Lynn, Wallace University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Stephanie Wang, Johns Hopkins University
Roxanne Weiss, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Kathleen Wilcox, Medical College of Wisconsin
Eric Woods, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Sijia Wu, University of Utah School of Medicine
Jeffrey Wyss, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Justin Yamamoto, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Elizabeth Yates, University of Michigan
Cindi Yim, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Jeannie Zhang, University of California, Los Angeles





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