2019 AFAR Grantees
Since 1981, AFAR grant programs have provided more than $181 million to nearly 4,200 talented investigators and students. Every year, grantees are selected through a rigorous review process by committees of experts in aging research and related areas. With the support of an AFAR grant, their research will advance interventions to help us all live healthier for longer and delay age-related diseases.
In 2019, AFAR grant programs are providing more than $3,700,000 in support
to 49 investigators and students.
AFAR is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients.

 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

  • Fatima Nathalia Morales Delgado, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Anthony Palillo, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Yushan Pan, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Carrie Sha, Weill Cornell Medical College
Funded through the Kathryn Wriston Fund
 Diana Jacobs Kalman/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging
  • Jenna Blujus, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Jeongmoon Choi, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hui Jean Kok, University of Florida
  • Daniel Matasic, University of Iowa
  • Kenyaria Noble, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Katarzyna Piekarz, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Sarah Royer, University of California, Irvine
  • Yao Tong, Tulane University
  • Mariana Uchoa, University of Southern California
  • Ruofan Yu, Baylor College of Medicine
Arthritis and Aging Research Grant
  • Charles Chan, PhD, Stanford University
Funded in collaboration with the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF)
The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging
  • Priya Balasubramanian, BVSc, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Dibyadeep Datta, PhD, Yale University
  • David Gate, PhD, Stanford University
  • Alice Kane, PhD, Harvard Medical School
  • Eleni Markoutsa, PhD, University of South Florida
  • Jia Nie, PhD, University of Texas Health at San Antonio
  • Matthew Yousefzadeh, PhD, University of Minnesota
Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty
  • Carlos Aguilar, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Nausica Arnoult, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Abigail Buchwalter, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
  • Lindsay De Biase,PhD,  David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Brian DeBosch, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Yarui Diao, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Sung Min Han, PhD,  University of Florida
  • Mark McCormick, PhD, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
  • Maria Mihaylova, PhD, The Ohio State University
  • Kapil Ramachandran, PhD, Harvard University
  • A. Hunter Shain, PhD,  University of California, San Francisco 
  • Aakanksha Singhvi, PhD, University of Washington
  • Peter Sudmant, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • George Sutphin, PhD, University of Arizona
  • Ming Xu, PhD, University of Connecticut Health Center
Major funders of this grant program include: The AFAR Board of Directors, Anonymous, Proceeds from AFAR's 2018 Dinner, The James A. and Dorothy R. Brunn Foundation, The Charina Foundation, Inc., The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, David W. Gore, The Hearst Foundation, Diana Jacobs Kalman, The William G. and Helen C. Hoffman Foundation, Diane Nixon, and The Irving S. Wright Endowment.
Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research
  • Laura Bott, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Nirmalya Dasgupta, PhD, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
  • Yoko Henderson, PhD, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
  • Ryo Higuchi-Sanabria, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • Li Li, MD, PhD, Stanford University
  • Elise Marsan, PhD,  University of California, San Francisco
  • Mikolaj Ogrodnik, PhD, Mayo Clinic
  • Seungjin Ryu, PhD, Yale University
  • Kevin Stein, PhD,  Stanford University
  • Matthew Ulgherait, PhD,  Columbia University
 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Awards
  • Ursula Jakob, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Norbert Perrimon, PhD, Blavatnik Institute, Harvard Medical School
The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research has partnered with AFAR for more than 30 years. We are grateful for its support of our grant programs.

Learn more about the research topics of the 2019 grantees here.

Learn more about these programs here.