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Grantee Spotlight Interview: John Collins, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: John Collins, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: John Andrew Collins, PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2018 The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging   What inspired you to pursue aging research? My interest in aging began during my Masters studies where I examined how changes in…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Ukrae Cho, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Ukrae Cho, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Ukrae Cho, PhD The Salk Institute for Biological Studies 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research   What inspired you to pursue aging research? My interest in aging, oddly enough, first sparked when I was taking an ecology class as an…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Benjamin D. Cosgrove, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Benjamin D. Cosgrove, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Benjamin D. Cosgrove, PhD Cornell University 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty   What inspired you to pursue aging research? I was inspired to pursue aging research in part through the example set by my maternal grandparents. Though in…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Shelli Farhadian, MD, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Shelli Farhadian, MD, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Shelli Farhadian, MD, PhD Yale University School of Medicine The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging   What inspired you to pursue aging research? I am a physician-scientist, and I care for adults with HIV infection in my clinical practice. Many…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Claire E. Gustafson, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Claire E. Gustafson, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Claire E. Gustafson, PhD Stanford University The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging   What inspired you to pursue aging research? I strongly believe that defining basic immune development and function in healthy people is essential for determining the cause of…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Kishore Kuchibhotla, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Kishore Kuchibhotla, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Kishore Kuchibhotla, PhD Johns Hopkins University Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty   What inspired you to pursue aging research? Time is unrelenting. All humans and other animals age, and the inevitability of that process is both alluring and…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Karl Miller, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Karl Miller, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Karl Miller, PhD Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research What inspired you to pursue aging research? What’s most important to me is the therapeutic potential of aging research.  It is fascinating that…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Sharon Owino, PhD, MSCR

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Sharon Owino, PhD, MSCR

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Sharon Owino, PhD, MSCR Emory University 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research What inspired you to pursue aging research? I have always been fascinated by the complexity underlying neurodegenerative diseases. At the start of my post-doctoral fellowship, I began to…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Andrew M. Pickering, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Andrew M. Pickering, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Andrew M. Pickering PhD University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty   What inspired you to pursue aging research? I have always enjoyed problem solving: I consider aging the greatest problem…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Stephen Treaster, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Stephen Treaster, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Stephen Treaster, PhD Boston Children's Hospital 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research   What inspired you to pursue aging research? Age is the greatest risk factor for the diseases that plague modern society. If we understand aging itself, we…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Kevin Wang, MD, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Kevin Wang, MD, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Kevin Wang, MD, PhD Stanford University School of Medicine 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty What inspired you to pursue aging research? As a dermatologist, I am afforded the privilege of taking care of patients of all ages&mdash…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Nilay Yapici, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Nilay Yapici, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Nilay Yapici, PhD Cornell University 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty   What inspired you to pursue aging research? As organisms age, their responses to sensory stimuli change. This is evident if you look at most organisms in nature…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Joshua Baker, MD, MSCE

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Joshua Baker, MD, MSCE

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Joshua Baker, MD, MSCE University of Pennsylvania Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty   What inspired you to pursue aging research? As a rheumatologist primarily located in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system, I see a lot of osteoarthritis,…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Daniel Berry, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Daniel Berry, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Daniel Berry, PhD Cornell University Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty   What inspired you to pursue aging research? It was actually quite serendipitous that I started pursuing aging research. In my research, every time I looked for a…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Jorge Iván Castillo-Quan, MD, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Jorge Iván Castillo-Quan, MD, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Jorge Iván Castillo-Quan, MD, PhD Harvard University Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research   What inspired you to pursue aging research? Ever since my first encounter with patients with incurable neurodegenerative diseases during my medical training, the focus…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Troy J. Cross, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Troy J. Cross, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Troy J. Cross, PhD Mayo Clinic 2018 The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging   What inspired you to pursue aging research? My interest in aging research stems from my previous experience conducting research in patients suffering with chronic disease such as…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Amy Gleichman, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Amy Gleichman, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Amy Gleichman, PhD University of California, Los Angeles The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging   What inspired you to pursue aging research? I became a neuroscientist because the brain is such an amazing, complex, beautiful system, and I wanted to…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Isha Jain, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Isha Jain, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Isha Jain, PhD University of California, San Francisco 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty   What inspired you to pursue aging research? In middle school, I first read a Popular Science article about telomerase and Elizabeth Blackburn's…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Po-Ru Loh, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Po-Ru Loh, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Po-Ru Loh, PhD Brigham and Women's Hospital 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty   What inspired you to pursue aging research? I had been working on statistical tools for large-scale genetic analyses and realized that these tools are…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Sean James Miller, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Sean James Miller, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Sean James Miller, PhD Stanford University School of Medicine Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research   What inspired you to pursue aging research? I have always been fascinated with the cellular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration. Aging is the major risk factor…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Andreas R. Pfenning, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Andreas R. Pfenning, PhD

 AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Andreas R. Pfenning, PhD Carnegie Mellon University Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty   What inspired you to pursue aging research? One of the biggest surprises of my academic career has been exploring the enormous influence that aging…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Emilie Reas, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Emilie Reas, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Emilie Reas, PhD University of California, San Diego 2018 The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging   What inspired you to pursue aging research? In my early years as a cognitive neuroscientist, I was drawn to the question of how the human…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Vivek Venkatachalam, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Vivek Venkatachalam, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Vivek Venkatachalam, PhD Northeastern University 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty   What inspired you to pursue aging research? I am fascinated by how robustly our brains can guide behavior in a very diverse range of contexts. One of…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: M. Brandon Westover, MD, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: M. Brandon Westover, MD, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: M. Brandon Westover, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award What inspired you to pursue aging research? 1) An unsolved question: Why do some people's brains "age better" than others'? 2) My clinical experience seeing patients suffering…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Jenna Bartley, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Jenna Bartley, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Jenna Bartley, PhD University of Connecticut School of Medicine 2018 The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging   What inspired you to pursue aging research? My doctoral studies focused on exercise physiology and muscle anabolism in both older and younger athletes. Noticing…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Peter Adams, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Peter Adams, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Peter Adams, PhD Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award   What inspired you to pursue aging research? I love the breadth of the biology and the diversity of mechanisms that underlie aging. I am fascinated…

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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Joel W. Blanchard, PhD

Mar 29
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Joel W. Blanchard, PhD

   AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. Explore more in this Grantee Spotlight Interview: Joel W. Blanchard, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research   What inspired you to pursue aging research? I first became interested in aging research as a teenager as I watched how aging was…

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