2011 Grant Recipients

AFAR Research Grantees
AFAR Affiliate Research Grant Program
New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease
Julie Martin Mid-Career Awards in Aging Research
Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Grantees
Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research
Ellison/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows
Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program
AFAR-GE Healthcare Junior Investigator Awards
Hartford Scholars in Geriatric Medicine


AFAR Research Grant Program

Gil Atzmon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Epigenetic profile in aging and healthy life span
Bas Baaten, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute: The regulation of mucosal immunity to influenza virus in the aged NALT
Claire Benard, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School: Neuronal aging: impact of life-extending manipulations on neuronal structure and function and their interactions with neuronal maintenance mechanisms
Arunabh Bhattacharya, PhD, Instructor, University of Texas Science Center at San Antonio: 12/15-lipoxygenase pathway derived lipid mediators in the regulation of age-related muscle atrophy
Arjumand Ghazi, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh: Study of Reproductive Signals that Regulate Aging
Ian Lanza, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic: Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Opportunities as Aging Countermeasures
Daniel Llano, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois: Changes in auditory cortical circuitry in aging: Exploration of the links between aging and the cortical circuitry of attention
Christopher Park, MD/PhD, Assistant Member, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research: The role of microRNAs in stem cells of the aging hematopoietic system
Leah Siskind, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina: Regulation of kidney glycosphingolipid metabolism by caloric restriction during aging
Guang Yang, PhD, Assistant Member, New York University Medical Center: In vivo studies of age-related decline in synaptic plasticity

 

AFAR Affiliate Research Grant Program

Benedek Erdos, MD, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Florida: Age-related dysregulation of the sympathetic nervous system and blood pressure; the role of hydrogen peroxide

 

New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Einor Ben Assayag, PhD, Head of Research, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center: Stress vulnerability and post-stroke cognitive decline
Robert Morrison, PhD, Assistant Professor, Loyola University: Electrophysiology of Category Learning in Mild Cognitive Impairment
Salvatore Oddo, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Science Center at San Antonio: beta2 adrenergic receptors as mediators of the A-beta-induced cognitive decline
Ramit Ravona-Springer, MD, Instructor, Sheba Medical Center: Dietary factors, inflammation and cognitive decline in diabetic elderly
Subhojit Roy, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego: Neuronal trafficking and metabolism of key proteins in Alzheimer's disease and novel intervention strategies.

 

Julie Martin Mid-Career Awards in Aging Research

Pankaj Kapahi, PhD, Associate Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging: The Role of Muscle Dependent Changes in Lipid Metabolism upon Dietary Restriction in Drosophila Melanogaster
Terrence Town, PhD, Associate Professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: Re-balancing TGF-beta Signaling in Age Alzheimer's Rats

 

Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award

Thomas Johnson, PhD, Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder: Dissection of the Stochastic Mechanisms Underlying Differential Longevity in Isogenic Populations of C. elegans
William Sonntag, PhD, Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: Mechanisms for the Early Pleiotropic Actions of IGF-1 on Aging

 

Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research

William J. Ehlenbach, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health: Cognitive Outcomes and Neuropathology in Older Adults Following Critical Illness
Adit Ginde, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado Denver: Vitamin D and Immunosenescence in Older Long-Term Care Residents
Alison Huang, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in Residence, University of California, San Francisco: A Multidimensional Approach to Urogenital Aging in Older Women
Richard King, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Utah: Cortical Complexity Changes in Normal Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Heidi Klepin, MD, Assistant Professor of Hematology and Oncology, Wake Forest University Health Services: Minimizing Physical Function Decline in Older Adults Receiving Chemotherapy
Sei Lee, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco: Individualizing Treatment for Nursing Home Residents with Diabetes Mellitus
Dan Matlock, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver: Implanted Defibrillators and Older Adults: A Model of Decision and Technologies
Keith Vossel, MD, MSc, Research Scientist, UCSF/J. David Gladstone Institutes: Mechanisms and Treatment of Network Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease

 

Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows

Eperanza Arias, PharmD, PhD, Research Associate, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Changes in the crosstalk between autophagic pathways with age
Hua Bai, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University: Identification of dFoxO direct targets regulation lifespan in drosophila melanogaster
Michael Bonkowski, PhD, Postdoctoral Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Caloric Restrictioin-Like Regulation of the Neuroendocrine Axis by SirT1
Julien Couthouis, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania: New ALS and FTLD disease genes: role of RNA-binding proteins
Nan Jiang, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University: Increased loss of heterochromatic repression with age in drosophila
Shane Kruse, PhD, Senior Fellow, University of Washington: Mild oxidative stress induces mitochondrial uncouplin and energy sensitive signaling in vivo in aged skeletal muscle
Vyacheslav Labunskyy, PhD, Research Fellow, The Brigham and Women's Hospital: Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Aging
Samar Lowalekar, MBBS, Postdoctoral Fellow in Surgery, VA Boston Healthcare System: Loss of Caveolae Alters ROS Generation in the Aging Bladder
Florian Muller, PhD, Research Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Reversion of Aging-related brain atrphy by telomerase re-activation
Roderick O'Sullivan, PhD, Research Associate, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies: Modulating histone production to extend cellular lifespan of human cells
Yanfang Rui, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine: Disruption of Mitochondria Trafficking in Synaptic deficits of neurodegenerative diseases
Adeel Safdar, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: The role of muscle PGC-1alpha in Systemic Rejuvenation: Can Aging Be Reversed?
Marton Toth, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University: Mechanisms Influencing C. elegans Neuronal Aging
Jennifer Wanat, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania: The role of TERRA in regulating replicative senecece
Jia-Min Zhuo, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University: Functional disconnection in alzheimer's disease and its potential rescue by optogenetics

 

Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program

Subhan Ahmad, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Armen Aivazi, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Rachel Arakawa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
Jonathan Arnold, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Imran Aslam, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Caroline Bader, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Rosemary Bailey-Pridham, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Michelle Barlow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Braca Benizry, Indiana University School of Medicine
Alisa Berman, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Caitlin Biedron, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Daniel Branch, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
Noam Broder, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Maria Brown, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Elizabeth Burch, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
John Burkett, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Garrett Burnett, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
Catherine Callister, University of Utah School of Medicine
Tony Chen, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Bo Chen, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
Vincent Cheng, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Anthony Choi, Weill Cornell Medical College
Danisa Clarrett, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Jennifer Coben, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
Denrick Cooper, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Jonathan Copp, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Nicole Cruz, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Pavan Dalal, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Francesco Dandekar, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Michelle Dang, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
Alvin Day, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Theodore De Beritto, University of Utah School of Medicine
Rykoff Ritchie Mae Delara, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Liezel Dimaano, UCSF School of Medicine
Emily Dubina, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Michelle DuMond, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Catherine Duncan, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Allison Early, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Molly Easterlin, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Murray Echt, SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Mitchell Eggers, Baylor College of Medicine
Dennis English, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Amanda Ernst, Medical College of Wisconsin
Carly Fabrizio, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey
Francis Felice, Baylor College of Medicine
Megan Feng, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Jeanne Feuerstein, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Elisha Fredman, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Jenna Fritsch, Indiana University School of Medicine
Bess Gao, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Alina Goldenberg, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Anna Goldenheim, Boston University School of Medicine
William Goodson, UCSF School of Medicine
Elizabeth Griffiths, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Emily Guh, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Nina Guo, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
Tyler Gutkoski, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Luke Habegger, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Tiffany Harris, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine
Pehr Hartvigson, University of Washington School of Medicine
Sydney Harvey, University of North Texas Health Sciences Center at Fort Worth
Sana Hava, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Peter Hawkins, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Sannya Hede, Baylor College of Medicine
Julia Herbert, University of Washington School of Medicine
Salman Hirani, UT Southwestern Medical School
Li-Wen Huang, Duke University School of Medicine
Jessica Hubbs, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Megan Hughes, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
Cameron Isaacs, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Marriyam Jawad, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
Rebecca Kamil, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Brandon Kandarian, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Monica Katz, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Soo Jeong Kim, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Shannon Klebe, Duke University School of Medicine
Daniel Krall, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Gregory Kulhman, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Dulanji Kuruppu, Indiana University School of Medicine
Kevin Kwak, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Minh-Phuong Le, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
Dane Lee, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Amanda Leiter, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Anne Levenson, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Seth Levin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Mimi Levine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Blair Limm, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Nancy Lin, UT Southwestern Medical School
Kaleigh Lindeman, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Matthew Lowery, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
Felix Lui, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
Stephanie Lukas, University of Washington School of Medicine
Shazia Lutfeali, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Elizabeth MacLean, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Marnonette Marallag, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Samuel Mathis, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine
Chance Moore, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
Lorraine Myers, Indiana University School of Medicine
Suvi Neukam, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brian Nuyen, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Serena Michelle Okoronkwo, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
Sharon Ostfeld-Johns, University of Rochester School of Medicine
Michelle Park, Western University of Health Sciences
Jared Pate, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
James Peairs, Boston University School of Medicine
Israel Pena, Jr., Baylor College of Medicine
Irina Perjar, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Adam Phillips, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Cleveland Piggott, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
David Priemer, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Haider Rahbar, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Akriti Raju, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
MIchelle Ramirez, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Kendra Reed, University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Mary Alice Richter, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Toni Ann Riveros, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Lindsay Rothenberg, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Tiranun Rungvivatjarus, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Sheila Rustgi, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Kelley Saunders, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Jessica Schancupp, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Linda Scheider, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Supriya Shah, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Pamela Sheridan, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey
Maheen Siddiqi, Medical College of Wisconsin
Jason Smart, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Ellen Snyder, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Jamie Sparling, Boston University School of Medicine
Anna Stecher, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Jerrod Steimle, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Katharine Tam, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Darrell Tran, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Eric Trieu, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Dana Turker, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Andrea Vo, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Zoe Vomberg, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Sarah White, UCSF School of Medicine
Sean Wo, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Peter Wroe, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Albert Wu, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
Michael Wu, UT Southwestern Medical School
Victoria Yeh, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Ayhan Yoruk, George Washington University School of Medicine

 

AFAR-GE Healthcare Junior Investigator Awards

Mark L. Andermann, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Fabio Demontis, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Rahul S. Desikan, MD, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego
Duygu Tosun, PhD, Associate Researcher Scientist, University of California, San Francisco

 

Hartford Scholars in Geriatric Medicine

Christina Bell, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii
Sophiya Benjamin, MD, Assistant Professor, Duke University Center for the Study of Aging
Andrea Berg, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, Harvard University
Marian Betz, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver
Annette Beyea, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, University of North Carolina
C. Barrett Bowling, MD, Instructor and Third Year Medical Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Lisa Boyle, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester
Sara Bradley, MD, Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Kathryn Callahan, MD, Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Kellie Campbell, MD, MA, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Sandy Chang, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor, Yale University
Jessica Colburn, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
Linda DeCherrie, MD, Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Jessica Eng, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, Boston University
Gary Epstein-Lubow, MD, Assistant Professor, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Kristine Erlandson, MD, Instructor, University of Colorado Denver
Manuel Eskildsen, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Emory University
Emily Finkelstein, MD, Assistant Professor, Weill Medical College of Cornell
Denise Flinn, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
Jesse Foote, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, Harvard University
Cesar Garcia, MD, Advanced Medical Fellow, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
Suzanne Gillespie, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Rochester
Tanya Gure, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Anne Halli-Tierney, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Angela Hanson, MD, MS, Second Year Medical Fellow, University of Washington
Heather Herrington, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Katriina Hopper, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, Yale University
Deborah Huang, MD, Third Year Medical Fellow, University of Washington
Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, University of Chicago
William Hung, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Alana Iglewicz, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, University of California San Diego
Michiko Inaba, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii
Lee Jennings, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, University of California Los Angeles
Scott Kaiser, MD, Fourth Year Medical Fellow, University of California Los Angeles
Helen Kao, MD, Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
Amy Kelley, MD, MHSH, Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dae Hyun Kim, MD, Instructor, Harvard University
Heidi Klepin, MD, Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Fred Ko, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Ilona Kopits, MD, Assistant Professor, Boston University
Chandrika Kumar, MD, Assistant Professor, Yale University
Won Lee, MD, Assistant Professor, Boston University
Sei Lee, MD, Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
Pearl Lee, MD, Clinical Lecturer, University of Michigan
Christine Liu, MD, Assistant Professor, Boston University
Jeanne Maglione, MD, PhD, Second Year Medical Fellow, UCSD
Dan Matlock, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver
Sonal Mehta, MD, Assistant Professor, Weill Medical College of Cornell
Isaura Menzies, MD, MPH, Senior Instructor in Medicine, University of Rochester
David Merrill, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of California Los Angeles
Lillian Min, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Supriya Mohile, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, University of Rochester
Neelesh Nadkarni, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
John Newman, MD, PhD, Second Year Medical Fellow, UCSF
Ugochi Ohuabunwa, MD, Assistant Professor, Emory University
Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
Dennis Popeo, MD, Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Heather Riggs, MD, Fourth Year Medical Fellow, Indiana University
Saleha Sajid, MD, Third Year Medical Fellow, University of Chicago
Jeffrey Sanders, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, University of California San Diego
Jason Schillerstrom , MD, Assistant Professor, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
Krupa Shah, MD, MPH, Instructor, University of Rochester
Brijen Shah, MD, Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Armin Shahrokni, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, University of California Los Angeles
Kendra Sheppard, MD, Instructor and Advanced Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Alexander Smith, MD, Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
Gabriel Solomon, MD, Clinical Lecturer, University of Michigan
Margarita Sotelo, MD, Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
Keith Stowell, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Stasa Tadic, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Katherine Thompson, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Shachi Tyagi, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Ipsit Vahia, MD, Assistant Project Scientist, University of California San Diego
Gijsberta van Londen, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Elizabeth Vaughan, MD, Assistant Professor, Emory University
George Wang, MD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Peter Ward, MD, Third Year Medical Fellow, University of California Los Angeles
Eric Widera, MD, Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
Ilse Wiechers, MD, Instructor, Yale University
Brie Williams, MD, Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
Yanping Ye, MD,  Assistant Professor, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
Megan Young, MD, Second Year Medical Fellow, Boston University
Ezequiel Zamora, MD, Third Year Medical Fellow, University of North Carolina





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