2008 Grant Recipients

AFAR Research Grantees
Gilbert/AFAR New Investigators
Julie Martin Mid-Career Awards in Aging Research
Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Grantees
Beeson Scholars
Beeson Ireland Scholars
Ellison/AFAR Senior Postdoctoral Fellows
Ellison/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows
Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program
AFAR-GE Healthcare Junior Investigator Award

 

AFAR Research Grant Program

Hani Atamna, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Commonwealth Medical College: The Anti-Aging Activity of Methylene Blue

Ratan K. Banik, PhD, Assistant Professor, New Jersey Neuroscience Institute: Effects of Age on the Chemosensitivity of Cutaneous Pain-Sensing Afferents

Liang Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California: Statistical Methods for Genetical Transcriptome Studies of Aging

Anna Csiszar, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, New York Medical College: Resveratrol May Attenuate Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Vascular Aging

Julie Dumas, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Vermont: Estrogen Attenuation of Cholinergic-Induced Alterations in Fronto-Parietal Brain Activation during Working Memory in Older Women

David Gallo, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago: Neurocognitive Effects of Aging on Memory Retrieval Processes

Angela Gutchess, PhD, Assistant Professor, Brandeis University: Compensatory Changes in Neural Recruitment with Age

Vijay Hegde, PhD, Instructor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center: Human Ribosomal Protein S3 (hS3): Role in Accelerated Aging and Tumerigenesis by Blocking DNA Repair in vivo

Ji Li, PhD, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo-SUNY: Alterations in AMP-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) Signaling Pathway in Response to Ischemia with Aging

Xiongbin Lu, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina: Protein Phosphatases in the Regulation of ATM-p53 Signaling Pathway and Cell Senescence

Sarah Milton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University: Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase A and Resistance to Oxidative Damage in an Animal Model of Aging without Senescence

Michael Oertel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Role of Aging in the Mechanism of Liver Repopulation by Transplanted Fetal Liver Stem/Progenitor Cells

Carlos Orihuela, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio: Age-Dependent Toll-Like Receptor Dysfunction Increases Susceptibility to Pneumonia

William Schrage, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin: Aging and the Red Blood Cell: Linking Endothelial and Exercise Dysfunction

Wei Sun, PhD, Assistant Professor, Univiversity at Buffalo: How Presbycusis Affects Tinnitus

Susmit Suvas, PhD, Assistant Professor, Oakland University: Role of Programmed Death Receptor-1 on Aging CD4+ T cells

 

Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation/AFAR New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Christopher Conrad, PhD, Assistant Professor, Columbia University: RNAi and Genetic Linkage of Alzheimer's Disease

Koichi Iijima, PhD, Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University: The Role of Histone Modifications in Alzheimer's Amyloid-Beta42-induced Neurotoxicity in vivo

Suman Jayadev, MD, Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington: Presenilin-2 Mutations and Microglia Function in Alzheimer's Disease

Ling Qi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cornell University: Manipulation of Unfolded Protein Response in Neurodegeneration

 

Inna Slutsky, PhD, Lecturer, Tel Aviv University: Initiation of Alzheimer's Disease: From Inhibition of Neprilysin Activity to Temporal Code at Individual Hippocampal Synapses

 

Julie Martin Mid-Career Awards in Aging Research

Brian Kennedy, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Washington: Novel Longevity Functions of Sir2

Holly Van Remmen, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Protective Role for PGC-1 alpha in Age Related Muscle Atrophy: Maintenance of Neuromuscular Junctions


Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award

Yuji Ikeno, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Is the life-extending action of Cu/ZnSOD overexpression in mammals obesity dependent?

Thomas Rando, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Stanford University: Stem Cells, Aging, and the Maintenance of Genomic Integrity


Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research

Sarwat Chaudhry, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, Comorbidity and Functional Outcomes in Older Patients with Heart Failure

Stephanie Cosentino, MD, Assistant Professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Awareness of Deficit in Alzheimer’s Disease

XinQi Dong, MD, Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center, Consequences of Self-Neglect in a Biracial Population of Older Adults

Susan Hardy, MD, Assistant Profssor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Functional Recovery in Post-acute Care

Paul Rosenberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, PET Imaging of Microglial Activation in Alzheimer’s Disease

Joseph Ross, MD, Instructor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Impact of Publicly Reporting Hospital Outcome Measures for Older Adults

Steven Russell, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Joslin Diabetes Center, Adipocyte Insulin Signaling in Metabolism and Aging

Arthur Simen, MD, Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, Epigenetic Factors in Vulnerability to Aging and Stress

Farzaneh Sorond, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Hypoxia-Inducible Transcription Factor 1 (HIF-1) in Vascular Aging

Michael Steinman, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in Residence, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Guideline Adherence in Elders with Multiple Comorbidities

Douglas White, MD, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco, A Randomized Trial to Improve Surrogate Decision-Making for Critically Ill Elders

Heather Whitson, MD, Medical Instructor, Duke University School of Medicine: Developing Interventions to Improve Function in Seniors with Comorbidity Conditions

 

Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program for the Island of Ireland

Stephen Todd, MD, Queens University of Belfast, Investigation of Platelet beta-secretase Activity in Alzheimer’s Disease

 

 

Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Senior Postdoctoral Fellows

Luxiang Cao, PhD, Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital: Longitudinal Imaging of Neural Circuit Dynamics in an Alzheimer's Disease Model

Viviana Perez, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Exploring the Long-Lived Thioredoxin 1 Transgenic Mice: What do the changes in redox signaling tell us about the mechanisms of life extension?

Bjoern Schwer, MD, PhD, Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital: SIRT6 in Genome Maintenance, Stress Resistance, and Aging in the Central Nervous System


Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows

Benoit Biteau, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rochester: Tissue Regeneration and Aging in drosophila

Andrea Carrano, PhD, Research Associate, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies: Understanding the Role of the HECT Ubiquitin Ligase WWP-1 in Aging

Simone Eggert, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, San Diego: APP Dimerization and Synaptic Injury

Jameel Iqbal, MD, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine: The Role of FSH in Hypogonadal Bone Loss

Krishnamurthy Janakiraman, PhD, Research Associate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Role of p16INK4a in Islet Regenration with Aging

Anna Lang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon Health and Science University: Impact of Aging and Persistent Latent Viral Infection on Homeostasis and Function of CD8 T Cells

Xavier Meckler, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Chicago: Role of y-secretase Palmitoylation on Amyloid Peptide Deposition in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease

Kaihong Mi, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, San Diego: Endocytic Pathways of APP and Amyloid beta Production

Eriko Michishita, PhD, Research Associate, Stanford University School of Medicine: Function and Regulation of a Mammalian Sir2 Lifespan Regulatory Factor

Kellie Sims, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical University of South Carolina: A Systems Biology Approach to Determine the Role of Sphingolipids in Extending the Lifespan of Yeast via Caloric Restriction

Gordon Smith, PhD, Posdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University School of Medicine: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Muscle Protein Synthesis

Guang Yang, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, New York University School of Medicine: In vivo Imaging of Microglia Function in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease

Weihong Yin, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wake Forest University Health Sciences: Aging, Redox Signaling, and the Development of Osteoarthritis

Yong Zhao, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas: To Define the Mechanism of Telomere Extension by Telomerase in Human Cells

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

Khushboo Agrawal, University of Mississippi
Edris Aman, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Alisha Amann, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
John Andrawis, Pritzker School of Medicine
Juliana Anyanwu, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Alondra M. Ayala Jimenez, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine
Emily Backues, Boston University School of Medicine
Raphael Balbino, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine
Maralyssa Bann, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Kerry Baum, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Julia Berian, Pritzker School of Medicine
Rodney Berrios, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Katie Betts, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Marissa Boeck, Weill Cornell Medical College
Carolyn Botros, UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine
Bradley Bowen, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Timothy Brown, Weill Cornell Medical College
Christopher Burke, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Jennifer Cai, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Wei-Chung Chen, University of California, San Diego
Andy Chen, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Nancy Cheng, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Christopher Cheng, Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Cathy Cheng, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Venkata Cherukumilli, University of California, San Diego
Tiffany Ching, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Ivanka Choumanova, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Jacqueline De Luca, University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine
Rahul Desikan, Boston University School of Medicine
Elliot Dickerson, Temple University School of Medicine
Anna Diller, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Christopher Dwyer, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Andrea Edwards, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Lauren Ehrlichman, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Liza Escobedo, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine
Johanna Estrada, University of California, San Diego
Michael Flaherty, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kelsey Flint, University of Colorado Denver Health Science Center
Allison Foltz, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Christopher Freeman, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Parul Garg, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Michael Ghannam, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Monica Gill, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Brian Goldhagen, Duke University School of Medicine
Jennifer Gonik, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
William Gordon, Weill Cornell Medical College
Whitney Green, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Edward Greenberg, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Ariele Greenfield, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Delisa Guadarrama, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Eunice Guzman, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Scott Haight, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Chad Henson, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Jose Hernandez Gil de Lamadrid, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Emanuel Husu, Univerisity of Arizona College of Medicine
Calvin Hwang, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Shakaria Johnson, The Medical University of South Carolina
Camille Johnson, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Rebecca Juliar, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Megan Kamath, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Naomi Kellogg, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Meredith Kenfield, University of Colorado Denver Health Science Center
Hari Keshava, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Mallory Kremer, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Katherine Kutney, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Kyle Lacy, University of Kentucky, College of Medicine
Tess Lang, University of California San Francisco
Sungho Lee, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Richard Lee, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Delia Lee, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dennis Lee, University of Michigan School of Medicine
David Lee, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Yu Lee, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Norman Lee, Weill Cornell Medical College
Roy Lehman, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Xin Li, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Gloria Li, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Peter Ljubenkov, Temple University School of Medicine
Daphne Lo, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Katie Mehari, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Amisha Mehta, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Nicholas Meo, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Cindy Mi, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Lilit Minasyan, University of California, San Diego
Holly Montjoy, Brody School of Medicine- East Carolina University
Divya Murthy, The Ohio State University
Christopher Nguyen, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Co-May Nguyen, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Helen Nissim, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Eric Noble, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Salma Noorulla, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Stephanie Nothelle, Indiana University School of Medicine
Florence Nwagwu, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Margaret Ochner, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
John Parr, Medical College of Wisconsin
Francisco Pasdar-Shirazi, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Deepa Patadia, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Deeshali Patel, Western University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kelly Patterson, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Clayton Petro, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Tommy Potti, University of Michigan School of Medicine
David Quezada, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Christina Rabinak, Weill Cornell Medical College
Rohit Ramanathan, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Simha Ravven, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Michael Rogers, University of California, San Diego
Amelie Romelus, University of Florida
Margaret Rothman, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
JoAnna Salmon, Yale University
Pamela Samson, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Tina Saparia, University of California, San Diego
James Sargent, University of California, San Diego
Sarmen Sarkissian, University of California, San Diego
Kimberly Schreiber, Loyola University Stritch Schol of Medicine
Kinza Shamsi, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Sarah Sherman, Western University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine
Aaron Shmookler, The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Felicia Skelton, Baylor College of Medicine
Sahar Soleymani, University of California, San Diego
Nikolai Sopko, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Aerin Spitz, Weill Cornell Medical College
Sarah Sullivan, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Chad Tao, University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine
Sahar Taqui, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Jonathan Teets, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Matthew Uechi, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Stephanie Urban, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ivana Vaughn, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Laura Viccaro, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Amanda Way, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Aaron Weinberg, Boston University School of Medicine
Kristen Withers, University of California, San Diego
Zerlina Wong, Brown Alpert Medical School
Yan Yan Xie, SUNY Stony Brook
William Yoon, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Victoria Yung, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Hiroaki Iwasa, PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Brian Onken, PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Marcela Raices, PhD, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Christina Yau, PhD, Buck Institute for Age Research





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