2006 Grant Recipients

AFAR Research Grantees
AFAR Affiliate Research Grantees
Julie Martin Mid-Career Awards in Aging Research
Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Grantees
Beeson Scholars
Merck/AFAR Junior Investigator
Ellison/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows
Medical Student Summer Research Training in Aging Program
AFAR-NYAS-GE Healthcare Neuroimaging Prize for Junior Investigators



AFAR Research Grant Program

Scott E. Gordon Ph.D., Assistant Professor, East Carolina State: "Targeted Rescue of Protein Translation and Synthesis in Aged Skeletal Muscle"

James M. Harper Ph.D., Research Investigator, Univ. of Michigan: "Modulation of stress resistance and aging in mice"

Christopher Janus Ph.D.. Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville: "Memory recovery as a function of aging and tau transgene suppression"

D. Leanne Jones Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The Salk Inst. for Biolgical Studies: "Identification of factors regulating aging of the stem cell niche"

Matt Kaeberlein Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Washington: "Molecular genetics of life span extension by dietary restriction in C. elegans"

Elizabeth A. Kensinger Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Boston College: "How aging affects memory for emotional events: behavioral and neuroimaging investigations"

Genevieve Neal-Perry M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: "Hypothalamic Dysfunction: A Neuroendocrine Basis for Reproductive Aging"

Paul S. Schmidt Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania: "Couch potato aging in Drosophila"

Tao Weitao Ph.D., M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio: "Caloric Restriction Represses DNA Damage to Replication forks and Chromosomal Rearrangements"

Raghunatha Yammani Ph.D., Instructor, Wake Forest University School of Medicine: "Aging and S100A4 in cartilage"


AFAR Affiliate Research Grant Program


AFAR Southeast Affiliate

Kreton Mavromatis M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University: "Effects of Age on Endothelial Progenitor Cell Mobilization in Humans"

Zhiqiang Qu Ph.D., M.D., Assistant Professor, Emory University: "A Study on the Mechanisms of the best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy"


AFAR-Ohio Affiliate

Jonathan P. Godbout Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University: "Aging, Cytokines and Depressive Behavior"


Julie Martin Mid-Career Awards in Aging Research

Ann B. Hill Ph.D., Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University: "Cytomegalovirus infection and immunosenescence"

Peter S. Klein M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania: "Role of GSK-3 in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Alzheimer's disease"


Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award

Pankaj Kapahi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Buck Institute for Age Research: "Identification and characterization of genes with antagonistic pleiotropic functions during development and adult aging in C. elegans"

Gordon Lithgow, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Buck Institute for Age Research: "Chemical Screen for Lifespan Extension Through Altered Checkpoint Function"

Gerald S. Shadel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Yale University: "Mouse Models of Aging and Age-related Pathology via Mitochondrial DNA Transformation"

Frank Slack, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Yale University: "Novel microRNAs involved in lifespan and aging"


Beeson Career Development Award

Katrin Chua, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Stanford University: "Regulation of Cellular Senescence and Proliferative Capacity by Mammalian SIRT1"

Margaret Fang, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Francisco: "Risks of Warfarin for Elders with Atril Fibrillation"

Alex Federman, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine: "Health Insurance Navigators for the Low-Income Elderly"

Emily Finlayson, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Michigan: "Functional Outcomes After Major Surgery in Nursing Home Residents"

Stacy Fischer, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Health Science Center: "Improving Care at the End of Life for Latinos: A Cultural Navigator Intervention"

Alfred Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh: "Dopamine, Tyrosine, and their Metabolites in Aging in Neurodegenerative Disease"

Sean Leng, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University: "Vaccine-Induced Immunity against Influenza in Frailty"

Ann O'Hare, M.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Francisco: "Targeting Nephrology Referral Among Elderly Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease"

Caterina Rosano, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh: "Novel Brain Neuroimaging Markers of Age-Related Mobility Impairment"

Manish Shah, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Rochester: "Screening and Interventions in an Acute Care Setting"

Consuelo Wilkins, M.D., Assistant Professor, Washington University: "Vitamin D in Older Adults: Cognition, Mood and Hippocampal Volume"


Merck/AFAR Junior Investigator Awards in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology

Indrani Sinha-Hikim Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Charles R. Drew University: "Muscle Cell Apoptosis in Aging and its Mitigation by Testosterone Therapy"


Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Senior Postdoctoral Fellows

Greg Mayeur Ph.D., Asstistant Project Scientist, University of California, Davis: "Understanding Age Related Onset of Fragile X Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome"

Robert A. Rissman Ph.D., Research Associate, The Salk Institute for Biolgical Studies: "CRF Receptors and Stress-Induced Tau Phosphorylation"


Medical Student Summer Research Training in Aging Program

Training Center listed in paren.


Khushboo Agrawal, University of Mississippi Medical School (Harvard Medical School)
Shivi Agrawal, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Faraz Ahmad, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (University of Chicago)
Oluwaseye (Sheye) Alabi, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (University of Pittsburgh)
Juan C. Almodovar, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Robert Altenau, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (University of Cincinnati)
Charmaine Anderson (nee Gibson), UTHSCSA (UTHSCSA (Pittsburgh))
Ehidiamen Anthony Anetor, University of Texas Medical Branch (University of Texas Medical Branch (Pittsburgh))
Lawrence Ang, University of California, San Diego (University of California at San Diego)
Valerie Arboleda, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles)
Diego Ayo, New York University (University of California at San Diego)
Thomasina Bailey, SUNY Upstate (Johns Hopkins University)
Amy Bicknell, Univeristy of Michigan Medical School (University of Michigan)
Sabina Bis, Weill Cornell Medical College (Cornell University)
Christine Boxhorn, Weill Cornell Medical College (Cornell University)
Keristen Brantley, University of Cincinnati-College of Medicine (University of Pittsburgh)
Angel Brown, University of Mississippi School of Medicine (Harvard Medical School)
Andrew Chae, University of California, San Diego (University of California at San Diego)
James Chan, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Connie Chen, Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Cornell University )
Daniel Cheng, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (University of Hawaii)
Wanda Marie Colon, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Jana Colton, Yale School of Medicine (University of California at Los Angeles)
Monica Corrigan, Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (University of Colorado)
Elizabeth Cox, Duke University School of Medicine (Duke University)
Katherine Culp, University of Alabama at Birmingham (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Rajitha Devadoss, SUNY Upstate Medical University (University of California at San Francisco)
Nikhil Dhawan, Baylor College of Medicine (Baylor College of Medicine)
David Fogelman, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai)
Chad Fortun, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (Case Western)
Dean Fraser, University of Hawaii School of Medicine (University of Hawaii)
Emma Kate Friedlander, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai)
Rosbel Gonzalez, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Lauren Graham, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Ariel Green, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Chirag Gupta, University of Michigan Medical School (University of Michigan)
Peter Hannon, Baylor College of Medicine (Baylor College of Medicine)
Susan Hiniker, University of Michigan Medical School (University of Michigan)
Kharia Holmes, Morehouse School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Tammy Hshieh, University of New Mexico - School of Medicine (Harvard Medical School)
Annie Huang, University of Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh)
Ikeshukwu (Ike) Ilchonwu, University of Texas Medical Branch (University of Texas Medical Branch (Pittsburgh))
Alice Iosifescu, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai)
Scott Itano, University of Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh)
Neena Kapoor, Pritzker School of Medicine (University of Chicago)
Emily Kieu, University of California, San Diego (University of California at San Diego)
Swee-Ling Kim , UTHSCSA (UTHSCSA (Pittsburgh))
Theresa Kinard, UTHSCSA (UTHSCSA (Pittsburgh))
Isaac Kinde, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Rachelle Klammer, University of Colorado HSC (Univeresity of Colorado)
Alena Klimava, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Charles Krafchak, Wayne State University School of Medicine (University of Michigan/Wayne State University)
Elizabeth Kwo, Harvard Medical School (University of California at San Francisco)
Shouri Lahiri, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Jeffrey Lai, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (University of California at Los Angeles)
Veronica Lao, University of Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh)
Jenny Lau, New York Medical College (University of California at Los Angeles)
Jamie Lavender, University of California, San Diego (University of California at San Diego)
Kristen Lee, Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Cornell University)
Daneng Li, Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Cornell University)
Eugene Licht, Weill Cornell Medical College (Cornell University)
Jennifer Lipstein, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ- SOM (Johns Hopkins University)
Crystal Luetters, University of California, Irvine (University of California at Los Angeles)
Rosalyn Maben, University of Michigan Medical School (University of Michigan)
Tuan Mai, University of California, San Diego (University of California at San Diego)
Anna Malkina, University of California San Diego School of Medicine (University of California at San Diego)
Michael Marchetti, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Salvador Medina, University of Texas Medical Branch (University of Texas Medical Branch (Pittsburgh))
DeAnna Mills, St. Louis University School of Medicine (St. Louis University)
Rachael Molnar, Case Western Reserve University (University of Michigan)
Laura Montague, University of Michigan Medical School (University of Michigan)
Diane Mortimer, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (University of Rochester)
Vinod Narla, University of Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh)
Brian Nicholas, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai)
Neil Nixdorff, Case Western Reserve University (Case Western)
John Henry Pang, University of Hawaii School of Medicine (University of Hawaii)
Bhrigu Rishi Parmar, Medical College of Wisconsin (University of Washington)
Sanjeet Patel, Baylor College of Medicine (Baylor Coll of Medicine)
Rory Petteys, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Brian Pham, Brown Medical School (University of California at San Diego)
Daniel Poon, University of California, San Diego (University of California at San Diego)
Christina Prabhu, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (University of Michigan)
Lynsey Proctor, University of Texas Medical Branch (University of Texas Medical Branch (Pittsburgh))
Roni Prucz, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Margaret Redmond, University of Cincinnati (University of Cincinatti)
Yoshihito Saito, University of Chicago (University of Hawaii)
Rachel Sanders, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine (University of Missouri)
Frank Santoro, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (University of Connecticut)
Adam Schickedanz, University of California, San Francisco (University of California at San Francisco)
Mark Schultzel, University of California, San Diego (University of California at San Diego)
Joseph Scott, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (University of Arkansas School of Medicine)
Linda Seitan, Universidad Central del Caribe (UTHSCSA (Pittsburgh))
Kamyar Shahedi, Univ. of California, San Diego (University of California at San Diego)
Nicole Shimabuku, Creighton University School of Medicine (Harvard Medical School)
Sheri Shimizu, University of Hawaii at Manoa (University of Hawaii)
Katharine Simmons, University of Michigan Medical School (University of Michigan)
Robert Smith, University of Michigan (University of Michigan)
Amy Soni, University of Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh)
Jonathon Spanyer, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (University of Cincinnati)
Shenita Spencer, Emory Univeristy School of Medicine (Emory University)
Monique Spencer, University of Maryland School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Daniel Stein, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Kerry-Ann Stewart, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (Johns Hopkins University)
Stephanie Tarkowsky, Case Western Reserve University (Case Western)
Thanh-Thu Tran, University of North Carolina School of Medicine (University of North Carolina)
Amy Turitz, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai)
Taya Varteresian , A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (University of California at Los Angeles)
Treasure Walker, University of Maryland School of Medicine (University of California at Los Angeles)
Jennifer Walker, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (University of Cincinnati)
Jason Wang, Northeaster Ohio Univerersity College of Medicine (University of California at Los Angeles)
James Wang, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (University of Cincinnati)
Leslie Wei, Brown Medical School (Harvard Medical School)
Jennifer Wessels, St. Louis University School of Medicine (St. Louis University)
Michael Wheaton, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (Case Western)
Jeremy Wigginton, University of Mississippi Medical Center (Harvard Medical School)
Nelson Wong, Mount Sinai Medical School (Mount Sinai)
Meghan Wood, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles)
Roseann Wu, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai)
Yao Xu Schmidt, University of Colorado HSC (University of Colorado)
Ghiam Yamin, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles)
Xiao Yang, University of Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh)
Lawrence Yu, Rush Medical College (University of California at Los Angeles)
Jessica Zeidman, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai)



AFAR-NYAS-GE Healthcare Neuroimaging Prize for Junior Investigators

Juebin Huang, MD, PhD, University Hospital of Cleveland
Bonita L. Marks, PhD, Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Grace E. Stutzmann, PhD, Rosalind Franklin University / The Chicago Medical School
Marc Weisskopf, PhD, ScD, Harvard School of Public Health





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