2015 Grant Recipients

 

AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty
 

New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease
 

Julie Martin Mid-career Awards in Aging Research
 

Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG)
 

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program
 

 

AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty

Dena Dubal MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco:  Epigenetics of the X-Chromosome and Aging
Jenna Galloway, PhD, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital: Tendon cell homeostasis and stem cell activity during growth, adulthood and aging in the mouse
W. Mike Henne, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: Novel ER-lysosome inter-organelle tethers in lipid metabolism and aging
Derek Huffman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Restoration of aged intestinal stem cell function by exposure to a young environment
Adam Hughes, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Utah: Dissecting the role of the lysosome in organismal aging
Dudley Lamming, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Sexual dimorphism in response to longevity interventions
Louis Lapierre, PhD, Assistant Professor, Brown University: Study of the role of lipoprotein biogenesis in autophagy regulation and lifespan determination
Sergiy Libert, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cornell University: Genetic determination of the rate of aging and susceptibility to diseases of aging in different breeds of dogs
Ashley Webb, PhD, Assistant Professor, Brown University: Preservation of adult neural stem cells by the pro-longevity FOXO3 transcription factor during aging
Omer Yilmaz MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Dietary and epigenetic control of the intestinal stem cell niche in aging

 

New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Todd Cohen, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Novel Post-translational Mechanisms that Mediate Neurodegeneration in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Jason Hinman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles: Development of a Novel Mouse Model of Mixed Vascular and Alzheimer's Dementia
Manu Sharma, PhD, Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College: Tau Proteostasis by Hsc70 Co-Chaperones
Marc Vermulst, PhD, Assistant Professor, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Transcription errors in Alzheimer's disease
Alon Zaslaver, PhD, Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Synaptic failure in AD during aging-associated proteostasis collapse

 

Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG)

David Marcinek, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Washington Medical Center: Mitochondrial oxidative stress alters aged muscle function through oxidation of the thiol proteome
David Sabatini MD, PhD, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Reversing age-associated deterioration in intestinal stem and niche cells by targeting the mTORC1 and PPARo signaling pathways

 

Julie Martin Mid-career Awards in Aging Research

Derrick Rossi, PhD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital Boston: Resetting the epigenomic landscape and functional capacity of aged hematopoietic stem cells via transcription-factor mediated reprogramming
David Walker, PhD, Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles: Mid-life modifications of mitochondrial fission/fusion that slow aging: molecular mechanisms to pharmacological treatments

 

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

Ishrat Ahmed, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Inositol polyphosphate multikinase: a novel regulator of adult hippocampal neurogenesis
Nathan Basisty, University of Washington: Reversal of Cardiac Aging with Rapamycin Treatment: Characterizing the Beneficial Role of Ubiquitin Mediated Homeostasis
LaShardai Brown, Medical University of South Carolina: The aging ear: Macrophage dysfunction in auditory nerve degeneration
Wei-Sheng Chen, Tufts University, Targeting integrin-mediated YAP activation to treat glaucoma
Ignacio Guerrero-Ros, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Chaperone-Mediated Autophagy and T Cell Immunoscenscence
Hanzhi Luo, University of California, Berkeley: Molecular mechanisms of hematopoietic stem cell aging
Sarah Neuner, University of Tennessee Health Science Center: Identification of Genetic Modifiers of Neuronal Deficits and Memory Failure in Alzheimer's Disease
Felicia Ooi, University of Iowa: Uncovering mechanisms by which the neurosensory release of serotonin (5-HT) regulates the Heat Shock Response (HSR) in Caenorhabditis elegans
Allyson Palmer, Mayo Clinic: Clearing Senescent Cells as Therapy for Diabetic Complicaitons in db/db Mice
Mihir Vohra, University of California, San Francisco: The Kynurenine Pathway as a Regulator of Neural Functions in Aging
Caiyue Xu, University of Pennsylvania: Investigation of Sirtuin Loss During Aging

 

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

Samah Ahmed, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Mohammad Ali, University of Texas Medical Branch
Fazila Aseem, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Nicholas Ashur, Georgetown University
Sophie Austin, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
David Bailey, University of Hawaii
Jaya Batra, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Saumya Bhutani, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Christine Binkley, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Samara Bliss, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Carisa Bohnak, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Matthew Bohr, Medical College of Wisconsin
Marielle Bolano, University of California, Davis
Theron Bowman, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Eric Bready, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Vincent Brinker, Baylor College of Medicine
Jeffrey Brow, University of New England
Shirley Chan, University of California, San Francisco
Stephen Chan, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Neha Chandra, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Le Chang, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Pin-Wen Chen, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Cathy Chen, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Justin Cheng, University of Hawaii
Brian Connolly, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Seth Cope, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Lisa Deng, University of California, San Francisco
Laura Desrochers, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Peter Domenig, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ashley Dougherty, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Siena Duarte, University of California, San Francisco
Diane Dy, University of Washington
Yetunde Fatade, Drexel University College of Medicine
Elizabeth Ferreira, University of Hawaii
Stephen Foster, University of Arkansas
Linna Guan, Case Western Reserve University
Albert Ha, Harvard Medical School
Jared Hara, University of Hawaii
Brianna Harder, University of Nebraska Medical Center
John Paul Harris, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Abida Hasan, University of Texas Medical Branch
Brendan Heiden, University of Michigan
Kevin Heinze, University of Michigan
Reuben Hendler, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Megan Hermann, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Liam Hilson, University of Hawaii
Kathryn Hu, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Imikomobong Ibia, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Olivia Ishibashi, University of California, Los Angeles
Leslie James, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Sami Kabbara, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Sasha Kapil, University of Nebraska
Patrick Kelley, Brown University
Antigone Kithas, University of Utah
Sai Krishna Korada, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Diana Lam, Ohio State University
Brendan Langford, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Andrew Lawson, University of Washington
Wendi LeBrett, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Roxanne Lee, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Matthew Lelegren, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Marcia Leung, University of Hawaii
Emily Leven, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Sarah Levy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Anna Liang, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Amy Lin, University of Southern California
Jonathan Lin, University of Rochester
James Linden, University of Hawaii
Michael Liu, University of Arizona
Jordan Lockhart, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Calixto-Hope Lucas, Jr., University of California, San Francisco
Courtney Maloney, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Samantha Mayhew, University of Cincinnati
Melanie Mercer, Medical College of Wisconsin
Marina Mikhael, University of Michigan
Jacob Moran, University of Texas Medical Branch
Victoria Moreira, Medical College of Georgia
Scott Morin, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Subham Neupane, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Bao-Thang Nguyen, Weill Cornell Medical College
Tu Nguyen, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Surabhi Nirkhe, University of Washington
Laura Pape, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
William Perry, University of Michigan
Lauren Pollack, Columbia University
Margaret Puelle, University of Michigan
Mariel Pullman, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Pooja Rajguru, University of Arizona
Yesenia Ramos, University of Washington
Nithin Ravi, University of Michigan
Thomas Rayner, University of Utah
Luis Romero, Weill Cornell Medical College
Sonia Sajja, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Reith Sarkar, University of California, San Diego
Harshika Satyarthi, Temple University School of Medicine
Dhara Shah, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Haikoo Shah, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Marika Shahid, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Eric Silberman, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Rachel Sluder, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ashley Surles, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Zhaoyi Tang, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Elizabeth Tarras, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ngoc Tran, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Carla Velarde, University of Rochester
Joshua Waytz, University of Chicago
Marc Weinberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Brent Weiser, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Natalie Wong, Weill Cornell Medical College
Katharine Wong, University of Hawaii
Eric Wu, University of Hawaii
Kevin Xu, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Menaka Yadav, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Chloe Yuan, University of Hawaii
Emily Zagorski, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Senmiao Zhan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Julia Zhang, University of Hawaii
Yayu Zhong, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Robert Zimbroff, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai





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