2009 Grant Recipients

AFAR Research Grantees
AFAR Affiliate Research Grant Program
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 Postdoctoral Fellows
Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program
AFAR-GE Healthcare Junior Investigator Award


AFAR Research Grant Program

Joseph A. Baur, PhD, Instructor, University of Pennsylvania: Does Mitochondrial Biogenesis Regulate Longevity?

Stephanie J. Bryant, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado: Elucidating the Role of Biomechanical Factors in Age-Related Changes in Cartilage: A Possible Risk Factor For Developing Osteoarthritis

Xin Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University: Histone Turnover during Stem Cell Homeostasis and Aging

Heng-Jie Cheng, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University Health Sciences: Upregulation of Beta3-Adrenoceptors: A New Mechanism For Age-Dependent Decline in Cardiac Function and Beta-Adrenergic Reserve

Audrey Duarte, PhD, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology: The Effects of Aging on Associative Memory

Jeffry L. Dudycha, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina: The Genetic Basis For the Evolutionary Divergence of Aging

Martin L. Duennwald, PhD, Scientist, Boston Biomedical Research Institute: The Systems Biology of Age-Dependent Protein Misfolding

Susan Krum, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles: Gene Regulation by Estrogen in Adipose of Aging Bone

Jonathan H. Lin, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego: Cellular Responses to Chronic Protein Misfolding

Goldis Malek, PhD, Assistant Professor, Albert Eye Research Institute: Osteopontin Regulation of Choroidal Neovascular Fibrosis through Macrophages

Jay R. Mitchell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Harvard University: Testing Small Molecule Inhibitors of GH/IGF-1 Receptor Signaling as Dietary Restriction Mimetics against Acute Stress in Vivo

Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital: SIRT6, A Chromatin Regulator of Glucose Homeostasis and Genomic Stability

Nicolas Rohleder, PhD, Assistant Professor, Brandeis University: Determinants and Consequences of the Acute Stress-induced Inflammatory Response in Human Aging

David W. Walker, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles: Investigating the Life-extending Mechanisms of Apolipoprotein D: An Evolutionary Conserved Modulator of Oxidative Stress and Aging.

Shuanhu (Joe) Zhou, PhD, Instructor, Brigham and Women's Hospital: The Effects of Niche on Mesenchymal Stem Cells during Human Skeletal Aging

 

AFAR Affiliate Research Grant Program

Yongjie Zhang, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine: Generation and Characterization of M337V TDP-43 Transgenic Mice: A Possible Model For TDP-43 Proteinopathy

 

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

Ehud Cohen, PhD, Lecturer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Roles of Peptidylprolyl Cis/Trans Isomerases in the Regulation of Aging and Countering Alzheimer's Disease

Raquel L. Lieberman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech: Crystal Structure of an Intramembrane Asparyl Protease

Gad A. Marshall, MD, Instructor in Neurology, Associate Neurologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital: Amyloid Deposition and Frontally Mediated Symptoms in MCI

Esther Oh, MD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University: Oral Glucose Tolerance Test For Alzheimer's Disease Biomarker Development

Lucia Pastorino, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: Role of the Prolyl Isomerase Pin1 in the Modulation of PS1 Activity

 

Julie Martin Mid-Career Awards in Aging Research

Charleen T. Chu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh: Lysosomal Basis of Age-Dependence in Neurodegeneration

David M. Sabatini, MD, PhD, Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research: Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) Signaling in Health and Longevity

 

Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award

Rochelle Buffenstein, PhD, Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Mechanisms of Aging in the Longest-lived Rodent: the Role of Nrf2 Mediated Detoxification Processes

Luigi Fontana, MD, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine: Calorie Restriction and Gene Expression in Humans

 

Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research

Cynthia M. Boyd, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Treatment Burden in Older Adults with Diabetes and Multimorbidity

Dena B. Dubal, MD, PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Francisco: Collagen VI: Novel Mechanisms and Functions in Alzheimer's Disease

Christiane Reitz, MD, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: Mapping Causative Factors in the Sortilin-related Pathway in Alzheimer's Disease

Mara Schonberg, MD, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: Benefits and Burdens of Screening Oldest-old Women: The Case of Mammography

Dorry Segev, MD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Access to Kidney Transplantation in Elderly Patients

Edmond Teng, MD, PhD, Clinical Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles: Assessment of Biomarkers and Behavior in a Transgenic Rat Model of Alzheimer's Disease

Heidi L. Wald, MD, MSPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver: Reducing Urinary Tract Infections in the Hospitalized Older Patient

Jonathan Wanagat, MD, PhD, Acting Instructor, University of Washington: Mitochondrial Genetics in Skeletal Muscle Aging

 

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

Chie Wei (Mimi) Fan, MD, RCPI, Clinical Director of Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL), St. James's Hospital: Age-related Autonomic Dysfunction and its Impact on Cognition, Gait and Falls

Ronan R. Mullan, PhD, Specialist Registrar in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, University College Dublin: Acute Phase Serum Amyloid-A (A-SAA) in Ageing, Arthritis and Obesity - Potential Common Mechanism for Cardiovascular Disease

 

Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows

Maximiliano D'Angelo, PhD, Research Associate, Salk Institute for Biological Studies: Nuclear Pore Deterioration during Aging and Its Consequences for Cellular Function

Kristian Doyle, PhD, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Stanford University: Does Increased TGF-Beta Signaling in the Elderly Increase Astrogliosis and Impair Functional Recovery Following Stroke?

Jeremy Herskowitz, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine: The Role of LR11 in Alzheimer's Disease Pathogenesis

Maria Lehtinen, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, HHMI/Children's Hospital Boston: Regulation of the Neural Stem Cell Niche by the Aging Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Proteome

Lingbo Li, PhD, Stanford University: Understanding the Role of RNA-editing Enzyme ADAR in Aging Neurons

Daijun Ling, PhD, Research Fellow, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope: Autophagic-Lysosomal Storage of Amyloid Beta and Its Connection to Development of Senile Plaques

Brian Onken, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Molecular Mechanisms by which Metformin Promotes Healthspan Extension in Middle-Aged C. Elegans

Theresa N. Operana, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Joslin Diabetes Center, Inc.: The Role of SKN-1 in Promoting Longevity and Oxidative Stress Resistance

Neha Parikh, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Baylor College of Medicine: Effects of Aging on Tumorigenesis Induced by P53 Deletion and Ras Activation in Mice

Jared F. Purton, PhD, Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute: Boosting Immunization in the Aged Using Cytokine/mAb Complexes

Celine Silva Lages, PhD, Research Fellow, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: Role of Peripheral Conversion in Regulatory T Cell Accumulation in Aging

James W. Smyth, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco: Age-Related Oxidative Stress on Cardiac Cell-Cell Coupling

Monique N. Stanfel, PhD, Senior Fellow, University of Washington: Ribosome Function and Aging

Monika Suchanek, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, San Francisco: Exploring the Role of Wnt Signaling in the Reproductive Longevity of C. Elegans

Christopher D. Wiley, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Buck Institute for Age Research: The Role of Chromatin in the Regulation of Cell Senescence Phenotypes

 

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

Kathleen Abalos, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Jose Abreu, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicne
Rishi Agarwal, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Cristina Alvarado, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicne
Ganiyu Amusa, State University of New York, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Katherine Andersen, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Cody Andrews, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Alyssa Baker, University of Texas Medical Branch
Ankit Bansal, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Ashley Becker, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Sana Bhatti, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Schafer Boeder, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Sharica Brookins, Meharry Medical College
Jessica Brown, Indiana University School of Medicine
Tangel Chang, Western University of Health Sciences
David Chang, UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lindsey Charo, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Khawar Chaudhry, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Alisa Ching, John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
Joshua Choi, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Sharon Chow, Medical College of Wisconsin
Melanie Clemenz, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Mackenzie Coffin, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Shirley Cohen, University of Michigan
Zarna Dahya, Florida State University College of Medicine
Laura DalSanto, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Angelica Davila Esquivel, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Peter DeRosa, Penn State College of Medicine
Ashley Devonshire, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Katherine Dodd, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
William Dukes, University of Texas Medical Branch
Vanda Farahmand, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Wendy Feng, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Sara Flores, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Sierra Ford, Touro University-CA College of Osteopathic Medicine
Leah Fow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Katherine Garlo, Rush University
Jennifer Gonik, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
John Graham, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Heather Greenberg, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Eleni Greenwood, Weill Cornell Medical College
Tamara Halaweh, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Schuyler Halverson, University of Michigan
Katie Harmoney, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rachel Hart, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Justin Hayase, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Grant Hochstein, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Rebekka Hom, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
Heather Hopkins, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Calvin Hwang, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Teresa Ingram, Medical College of Georgia
Karina Janicka, Temple University School of Medicine
Michael Jin, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Jamuna Kesavan, University of Michigan
Alia Khalil, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Namir Khandker, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Iris Kim, John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
Aaron Kirsch, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Anita Kohli, University of Maryland School of Medicine
May Kong, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Emily Kraus, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Richard Lam, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
David Landy, Miller School of Medicine
Conrad Li, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Andrew Liu, Rosalind Franklin University
Robert Love, University of Michigan
Theodora Lukman, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Jennifer Luo, UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine
Elizabeth Lycett, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Lena Makaroun, Weill Cornell Medical College
Janeen Marshall, Morehouse School of Medicine
Christine Martinek, University of Michigan
Allison Mays, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Susan McMahon, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Alex Means, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Alexandra Meier, University of Utah School of Medicine
Christina Metzler, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Jerry Michael, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Brita Mittal, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Heather Motonaga, John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
Justine Nasr, University of Michigan
Bac Nguyen, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Ken Nguyen, Boston University School of Medicine
Eva Nyaggah, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Esther Pak, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Chang Park, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Monica Payne, Weill Cornell Medical College
Fernando Luis Pena Cruz, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicne
Carol Pham, John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
Raul Poulsen, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicne
Hiro Rahbar, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Renil Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicne
Jonathan Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicne
Matthew Rogers, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Tori Rollins, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Andrew Rosko, University of Michigan
Lynne Saito, John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
Stephanie Samuels, Weill Cornell Medical College
Chase Shutak, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Nathan Smith, Medical College of Georgia
Cynthia So, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
David Tran, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Jessica Trevino, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Lisa Tseng, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Bobby Tullos, The University of Mississippi Medical Center
Nitin Ubhayakar, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Amy Unterman, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Chau Uong, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Devesh Upadhya, Thomas Jefferson University
Vandana Vangimalla, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Yevgeniy Vayntrub, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Vindhya Veerula, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Guadalupe Villarreal Jr., Harvard Medical School
Chad Vogeler, Jefferson Medical College
Lindsey Vogelman, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Tony Vullo, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Siu-Hin Wan, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Annie Wang, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Donald Warren, University of Texas Medical Branch
Yvonne Watkins, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Stephanie Weiss, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine/Case Western Reserve University
Andrew West, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Victoria Weston, University of Michigan
Sara Wilson, University of Utah School of Medicine
Cordelie Witt, University of Michigan
Tyler Woodell, University of Washington School of Medicine
Hanna Xu, Temple University School of Medicine
James Yeh, Boston University School of Medicine
Karlyn Young, John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
Anne Yu, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Brittany Zadek, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Kaveh Zakeri, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
John Zampella, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Nicole Zanin, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Angelica Zen, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Mary Zhang, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine


 

AFAR-GE Healthcare Junior Investigator Award for Excellence in Aging-Heart Research

Dao-Fu Dai, MD, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle
Jewell Jessup, PhD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Guadalupe Villarreal, Jr., Harvard Medical School





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