2013 Grant Recipients

 

AFAR Research Grants
 

New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease
 

The Gilbert Foundation/AFAR Collaborative Research Awards in Alzheimer's Disease
 

Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Grantees
 

Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research
 

Ellison Medical Foundation/ AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows


Arthritis and Aging Research Grant


Medical Student Traning in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program
 

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging


 

AFAR Research Grant Program

Sean P. CurranPhD, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California: Characterization of novel skn-1/Nrf activation pathways that influence lifespan

Radoslaw Dobrowolski, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, Newark: Altered Molecular Trafficking Inhibits GSK3/Wnt Signaling leading to Phospho-Tau build-up in Early and Late Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Mark E. Kleinman, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky Research Foundation: Fluorescent Cell Death Probes for the Early Detection and Inhibition of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Role of lysosome function and autophagy in age-realted macular degeneration

Jeannine LaRocque, PhD, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University: The effects of aging on double-strand break repair

Viviana I. Perez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University: Nrf-2 pathway and the inhibition of cell senescence by rapamycin

Adam Salmon, PhD, Research Health Scientist & Assistant Professor/Research, Biomedical Research Foundation of South Texas, Inc.: Protein oxidation as a cause of age-associated insulin resistance

Deepa Sathyaseelan, PhD, Assistant Professor/Research, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Mitochondrial matrix protease ClpP in aging and cell survival

Megan J. Smithey, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine: The contribution of age-related complement dysfunction on T cell immunity to infection

 

New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Mark Andermann, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: Chronic Imaging of Cortical activity, plaque formation and neurovascular integrity

Itzik Cooper, PhD, Researcher, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer: The contribution of long term instability of glycemic control to hippocampal structure, function, and BBB disruption

Carlos Cruchaga, PhD, Assistant Professor, Washington University: Identification of additional risk variants and functional characterization of TREM2 and PLD3

Kim Green, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine: Replacing senescent microglia with new cells as a preventative for brain aging and Alzheimer's disease

Tae Ho Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: Role of Death-Associated Protein Kinase 1 in the Development and Treatment of Tauopathies

 

The Gilbert Foundation/AFAR Collaborative Research Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Olivier Boutaud, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University

Ehud Cohen, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Chad Dickey, PhD, Associate Professor, University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute

Qi Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

 

Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Grantees

Giovanni Bosco, PhD, Associate Professor of Genetics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth: Condensins and mechanisms of cellular senescence and aging

Amy E. Pasquinelli, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, University of California, San Diego: Collapse of the MicroRNA Pathway During Aging

 


Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research

Marian Betz, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver: Physician Screening of Older Drivers: Decision Rules for Geriatric Injury Prevention

Constance Fung, MD, MSHS, Clinical Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles: Improving Older Adults' Decision Making for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

William Hu, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Emory University: Early CSF detection of FTLD

Daniel Kramer, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged:  Patient-Center Outcomes of Implantable Defibrillator Therapy in Older Patients

Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Early detection of asymptomatic middle-age adults at risk for AD

Janey Peterson, EdD, MS, RN, Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College: INSPIRE: Intervention to Support Participation in Regular Exercise in the Elderly

Vivek Prabhakaran, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Stroke Plasticity

 

Ellison Medical Foundation/ AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows

Chiao-Lin Chen, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School: Dissecting the relationship between mitochondrial changes and aging

Ying Ann Chiao, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington: Reversal of cardiac aging by subacute treatment with rapamycin: mechanisms of proteomic and metabolic remodeling

Alexis Cogswell, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University:  The role of the stem cell niche in regeneration and longevity in planarians

Collin Ewald, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Joslin Diabetes Center: The impact on aging of preferential translational of ATF-5

Kristen Fortney, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University: Pathway guided analysis of supercentenarian genomes: Uncovering genomic mechanisms of disease resistance and extreme longevity

Christin Glorioso, MD, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology:  Harnessing SNPs to investigate Sirtuin regulation of human brain aging

Meltem Isik, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Joselin Diabetes Center, Inc.: Investigation of TORC1-inhibition dependent SKN-1/Nrf activity and its effect on longevity

Philipp Jaeger, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Departments of Medicine and Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego: The Aging Network: A Genome-wide Analysis of Telomere Maintenance and Cellular Senescence

Ranveer Singh Jayani, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine: Roles of Variants of the 9p21 Gene Locus, Enhancers and Non-coding RNAs in Human Cellular Aging

Brice Keyes, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Rockefeller University: Molecular Mechanisms of Aging in Hair Follicle Stem Cells

Caroline Kumsta, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute: Linking autophagy and stress response pathways in C. elegans longevity models

Elena Mancini, PhD, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genetics, Stanford University: Unveiling aging and rejuvenation mechanisms through cellular reprogramming

Qian Qi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University: Defects in controlling memory inflation accelerate immune aging

Karl Rodriguez, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Chaperone-Mediated Protein Degradation Contributes to Longevity and Health Span in the Long-Lived Naked Mole-Rat

Antoine E. Roux, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, San Francisco: A new experimental system for the study of rejuvenation

Deborah Toiber, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Massachusetts General Hospital: The Histone Deacetylase SIRT6 Modulates Genomic Stability, Neurodegeneration and aging

Lifen Wang, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Buck Institute for Research on Aging: Age-related stem cell de-regulation by ER stress in Intestinal stem cell in Drosophila



Arthritis and Aging Research Grant

Mara McAdams DeMarco, PhD, Instructor, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
 


 

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

Regina Addo, Indiana University
Marissa  Anto, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Brogan Bahler, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Gal Barak, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ronnie Barakat, University of Texas Medical Branch
Donovan Barfield, University of California, San Francisco
David Bayne, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Kimberly Beiting, University of Illinois at Chicago
Laura Belland, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
James Richard Broughman II, University of North Carolina
Lucille Brunker, University of Utah
Andrea Bucci, University of Hawaii
Amanda Marie Cady, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Jimmy Chan, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Christine Chan, University of Hawaii
Stephanie Charles, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Catherine Chiu, University of California, San Francisco
Guang-Ting Cong, Weill Cornell Medical College
Melissa Corson, University of Hawaii
Cordell Cunningham, University of Texas Medical Branch
Aleksandra Daina, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Sarah Daley, University of Arizona
Stewart  Dandorf, University of Arizona
Vanessa Danquah, University of Texas Medical Branch
Vinh Dao, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Carine Davila, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Linh Do, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Akua Domfe, University of Cincinnati
Seth Einterz, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Joseph Falcone, University of Washington
Hillary Fitzgerald, Wake Forest  School of Medicine
Bridget Foley, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jared Foote, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Eleni Footman, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Kenji Fujitani, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Lawrence Geyman, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Shi-Jeng (Winston) Goan, Case Western Reserve University
Alicia Gray, University of Washington
Kristina Grim, University of Utah
Bruno Gross, Texas A&M Health Science Center
Jeffrey Hardesty, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Aws Hasan, Wayne State University
Elizabeth Hinds,  Case Western Reserve University
Marina Hitosugi-Levesque, University of Hawaii
Juliana Hoffelder, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sarah Huepenbecker, University of Pennsylvania
Katherine Hunold, University of Virginia
Maria Islam-Meredith, University of Washington
Khadija Ismail, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Caitlin Dacey Jackson, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Samantha Jagannathan,  Saint Louis University
Karl Janich, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Hillary Jenny, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Christine Kasbarian, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Tanner Kim, University of Hawaii
Daniel Kim, University of Michigan
Margaret Kim, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Elizabeth Kistler, University of Rochester
Stephanie Koh, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Preeti Kohli, Stony Brook University
Brian Ku, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Aleksandra Kuczmarska,  The Commonwealth Medical College
Regina Kwon, University of Colorado Denver
Craig Labbate, Baylor College of Medicine
Sarah Leavitt, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Alexandra Lee, Florida International University
Jay Lee, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Lei Lei, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Lingsheng Li, University of Oklahoma
Helen Lin, University of Alabama School of Medicine
Eric Lin, University of California, Los Angeles
On Ying Liu, Saint Louis University
Roy Liu, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Melissa Ludgate , University of Arizona
Princeton Ly, University of Hawaii
Josie Maione, University of Cincinnati
Camille Malatt, University of California, San Diego
Diane Mar, University of Nevada
Brian Marcus, Yale University
Kate Mayans, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Sean Mayerik, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Natasha Mehta, Weill Cornell Medical College
Colleen Menegaz, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Shravani Mikkilineni, University of Michigan
Ashley Miller, University of Michigan
Stephanie Mishaw, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Shelley Mo, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Carmel Moazez, University of Arizona
Robin Moiseff, University of Connecticut Health Center
Bharathi Muthusamy, Indiana University
David Nagle, University of California, San Diego
Jeremy Nathaniel, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Monica Neuman, Creighton University
Kristen Ng, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Thanh Huong Le Nguyen, University of Colorado Denver
Eric Nielsen, University of Rochester
Sonal Noticewala, University of California, San Diego
Si Won (Allen) Oak, University of Alabama School of Medicine
Rafael Oania, University of Hawaii
Opeyemi Oluyemi, Western University of Health Sciences
Lauren Oshima, University of Hawaii
Kelli Paice, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Sagar Patel, Boston University
Rishi Patel, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brendan Payne,  University of North Carolina
Brandon Perkovich, University of California, San Francisco
Caroline Pinke, Weill Cornell Medical College
Raghuveer Puttagunta, Baylor College of Medicine
Srinidhi Reddy, University of Cincinnati
Michael  Richter, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Kyle Roedersheimer, University of North Carolina
Sunita Saith, Oakland University
Christine Schaeffer, University of Cincinnati
Christopher Schifeling, University of North Carolina
Jedidiah Schlung, University of California, San Diego
Anna Schuler, Saint Louis University
Adi Shafir, University of Pittsburgh
William Smith, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Steffan Soosman, University of Hawaii
Horacio Sosa, Jr., University of North Texas Health Science Center
Sara Spinella, University of Rochester
Kavya Sreevalsan, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Hans Friedrich Stabenau, Yale University
Katherine Stingl, University of California, San Diego
Kirandeep Sumra, University of Arizona
Jing Sun, University of Connecticut Health Center
Aarushi Suneja, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Katherine Talbott, University of Cincinnati
Alana Taniguchi, University of Hawaii
Cory Taylor, Baylor College of Medicine
Timnit Tekeste, Medical College of Wisconsin
Julie Ngoc Thai, Michigan State University
Chelsea  Therrien, University of Texas Medical Branch
Rebecca Touger, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Jennifer  Tran, Virginia Commonwealth University
Philip Tulio, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Kartik Viswanathan, Weill Cornell Medical College
Diep Vuong, University of Hawaii
Jacob Walker, Boston University
Erica Wang, University of Hawaii
Shawna Watson, Florida Atlantic University
Steven Wilkening, University of Mississippi
Casey Williamson, University of California, San Diego
Stephanie Wong, UMDNJ - School of Osteopathic Medicine
Jonathan Wong, University of Hawaii
Samuel Woodworth, Weill Cornell Medical College
Cheng (Michael) Yu, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Lindy Zhang, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
James Zhang, University of California, San Diego
Dalee Zhou, Weill Cornell Medical College

 

 

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

David Adamowicz, University of California, San Diego:  Characterize induced pluripotent stem cell models of age-related neurodegeneration and optimize transfection methods for future live imaging

Alexander Birbrair, Wake Forest School of Medicine: The role of pericyte subtypes in skeletal muscle regeneration with aging

Zachary Harvanek, University of Michigan: Neurosensory mechanisms underlying modulation of aging through pheromone perception in Drosophila

Shauna Hill, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio: Role of Mitochondrial Lon Protease in Cellular Senescence

Cynthia Hsu, University of California, San Diego: Role of Map4K3 in Autophagy Induction Pathway

Yash Joshi, Temple University School of Medicine: Involvement of 5-lipoxygenase in the development of stress-mediated Alzheimer's disease pathology and cognitive decline

Melody Lun, Boston University School of Medicine: Characterizing IGF2 availability in aging cerebrospinal fluid

Maria Purice, Oregon Health & Science University: Age related decline in glial immune activity

Seungjin Ryu, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Functional genomics approach to elucidate the role of cognitive function genes in human longevity

Mitsukuni Yoshida, Washington University School of Medicine: Role of osteoglycin in SIRT1-mediated longevity





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