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GFMR and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty

The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research (GFMR) and AFAR support research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging, rather than disease-specific research. The awards provide up to $150,000 for one to two years of support to junior faculty (MDs and PhDs) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts on the biology of aging.

Application Information

These grants are administered by AFAR. For more information about the program, eligibility and application procedures, please visit AFAR.

Junior Faculty Award Recipients


Cory Baumann, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ohio University: Role of Human Antigen R (HuR) in Skeletal Muscle Adaptation and Resiliency

Daniel Czyz, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Florida: The role of monoculture isolates from the human microbiome on aging and stress responses

Ana Daugherty, PhD
Assistant Professor, Wayne State University: Brain Iron-Mediated Effects of Inflammation and Mitochondrial Metabolic Dysfunction on Cognitive Aging

Hilary Grosso Jasutkar, MD, PhD
Instructor of Neurology, Rutgers University: Synaptic Autophagy in Normal Cognitive Aging

Shuo Han, PhD
Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Medicine: Regulation of host aging and physiology by the human gut microbiota

Roarke Kamber, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco: Identification of inter-cellular signaling axes that suppress senescent cell clearance by macrophages

Hiroshi Kumagai, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California: The novel mitochondrial microprotein PUTZ is a potential therapeutic target for aging-associated sarcopenia and frailty

Ricardo Martínez Zamudio, PhD
Assistant Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School: Senescence-driven disruption of monocyte identity in aging humans

Denis Mogilenko, PhD
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Understanding dendritic cells as a driver of immune dysfunction in aging

Allyson Palmer, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic: Cellular Senescence and Risk of Postoperative Delirium: Applying Proteomics to Identify Potential Therapeutic Targets

Jude Phillip, PhD
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University: Deciphering functional subtypes of senescence at single-cell resolution

Jessica Spinelli, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School: A Novel Strategy to Restore Mitochondrial Function in Aging

Andrea Stavoe, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston: Dynamic Regulation of Autophagy during Aging in Distinct Neuronal Types

Qinchuan Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University: CaMKII as a cause of age-related sarcopenia


Albert Almada, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California: Mis-regulation of Stem Cell Activation Mechanisms Driving Muscle Dysfunction in the Elderly

Ying Ann Chiao, PhD
Assistant Member, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation: The regulation of mitochondrial NAD+ metabolism in the aging heart

Anthony Joseph Covarrubias, PhD
Assistant Professor, UCLA: The role of senescent macrophages as a driver of inflammaging and altered NAD+ metabolism in aging

Carlos Manlio Díaz-García, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: Casting light on energy metabolism throughout the anatomy of aging neurons

Ilia Droujinine, PhD
Scripps Research Fellow and Principal Investigator, Scripps Research: Characterization of adipose tissue-to-muscle communication pathways in aging

Ryo Higuchi-Sanabria, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California: Sensing and signaling ER stress from neurons to periphery

Kevin Murach, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas: Myc as the Driver of Cellular Epigenetic Rejuvenation in Skeletal Muscle

Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD
Assistant Professor, UT Health San Antonio: Functional lipidomics reveals a novel molecular mechanism underlying improved metabolic function and lifespan extension in remarkably long-lived mice

Daniel Roh, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine: Delineation of beneficial and detrimental roles of senescent cells in impaired wound healing of aging

Noga Ron-Harel, PhD
Assistant Professor, Technion: Restoring immunity by targeting the aged microenvironment

Judith Simcox, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison: Discovery of ceramide signaling as a regulator of energy expenditure with aging


Rachel Arey, PhD
Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine: Identifying Neuropeptide Signals that Slow Cognitive Aging

Annika Barber, PhD
Assistant Professor, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey: Age and high-fat diet interact to accelerate degredation of circadian output signals in Drosophilia melanogaster

Kristopher Burkewitz, PhD
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University: Aberrant endoplasmic reticulum dynamics as a driver of age-onset dysfunction

Chi-Kuo Hu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University: Understanding diapause and its ability to suspend aging in vertebrates

Janine Kwapis, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University: Reversing a persistent “nighttime state” that limits memory in aging mice

Lolita Nidadavolu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University: The role of IL-6 in promoting skeletal muscle and mitochondrial dysfunction in frailty

Kosaku Shinoda, PhD
Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Mitochondrial and Molecular Mechanism of Brown Adipose Tissue Regression

Reyhan Westbrook, PhD
Instructor, Johns Hopkins University: The Effects of Kynurenine Pathway Manipulation on Metabolism and Healthspan in Mice

Christopher Wiley, PhD
Assistant Professor, Tufts University: Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid: An endogenous lipid that kills senescent cells

Tuoqi Wu, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: Reprogram aged CD8 T cells to reverse immunosenescence


Berenice Benayoun, PhD
Assistant Professor of Gerontology, University of Southern California: A genome-to-phenome toolkit to accelerate research into aging in a naturally short-lived vertebrate model

Frederick Bennett, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: Microglia replacement to understand and treat brain aging

Adam Bohnert, PhD
Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University: Reversal of age-related mitochondrial damage in the C. elegans germline

Christina Camell, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota: Aged Adipose B cells, inflammation and impaired metabolism

Zhixun Dou, PhD
Assistant Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital: Nuclear autophagy and senescence-associated inflammation

Shenghui He, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The role of epigenetic inheritance in shaping the transcriptional and epigenetic landscapes of the aging murine hematopoietic system

Michael Lodato, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School: Single-cell analysis of transcriptional instability and somatic mutation in human neurons

Claudia Moreno, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Washington: Aging one cell at a time: Heterogeneous aging behind the electrical dysfunction of the heart’s pacemaker

Peter Van Galen, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Epigenetic mechanisms of stem cell expansion in the aging hematopoietic system

Megan Weivoda, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Dentistry: Targeting and eliminating senescent pre-tumor cells to prevent cancer


Carlos Aguilar, PhD
Assistant Professor: University of Michigan: Deconstructing stem cell aging through interact-omics

Nausica Arnoult, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder: DNA Double Strand Break repair pathway choice and repair fidelity during cellular and organismal aging

Abigail Buchwalter, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco: Defining drivers and consequences of ribosome biogenesis deregulation during mammalian aging

Lindsay De Biase, PhD
Assistant Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA: Regional differences in microglial lysosome function: implications for microglial aging and cognitive decline

Brian DeBosch, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Medicine: Activating the hepatic glucose fasting response to attenuate aging-related metabolic and autophagic defects

Yarui Diao, PhD
Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Medicine: Identification and application of cis-regulatory enhancer elements for muscle stem cell function and muscle regeneration in aging

Sung Min Han, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Florida: Identifying genes that regulate mitochondrial positioning at the synapse during aging

Mark McCormick, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center: Measurement of the conservation in mammalian cells of the effects of lifespan-extending tRNA synthetase inhibitors

Maria Mihaylova, PhD
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University: Understanding the Effects of Dietary and Microbially Derived Metabolites on Gut Epithelial and Immune Cell Homeostasis During Aging

Kapil Ramachandran, PhD
Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Harvard University: Contributions and mechanisms of neuroproteasomes to brain aging

A. Hunter Shain, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco: Somatic mutation burden and aging in human skin

Aakanksha Singhvi, PhD
Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington: Molecular investigation of glial roles in neural aging

Peter Sudmant, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley: Ultra-sensitive profiling of cell-type specific age-associated somatic mitochondrial mutational diversity

George Sutphin, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona: Understanding the interplay between tryptophan and NAD metabolism during aging

Ming Xu, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut Health Center, Targeting p21high senescent cells to improve healthspan and lifespan


Joshua Baker, MD, MSCE
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania: Age and Obesity-related Alterations in Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Activity and Lipid Distribution, and Associations with Joint Inflammation and Cartilage Degeneration in Osteoarthritis

Daniel Berry, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cornell University: Age-dependent Decline of Beige Adipocyte Induction and its Metabolic Consequences

Benjamin Cosgrove, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cornell University: Single-cell Dissociation of Muscle Stem Cell Dysfunction in Human Aging

Isha Jain, PhD
University of California, San Francisco, Sandler Faculty Fellow, University of California, San Francisco: Hypoxia as a Therapy for Age-associated Proteotoxic Stress and Neurodegeneration

Kishore Kuchibhotla, PhD
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University: Improving Cognitive Flexibility in Aging by Modulating Context-dependent Neural Circuits

Po-Ru Loh, PhD
Assistant Professor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School: Understanding the Etiology and Effects of Age-related Clonal Hematopoiesis

Andreas Pfenning, PhD
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University: Cell Type-specific Epigenetic Decay Underlying Brain Aging

Andrew Pickering, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Determine if Genetic and Pharmacologic Proteasome Manipulation Can Prevent Age-related Cognitive Deficits in Mice and Flies

Vivek Venkatachalam, PhD
Assistant Professor, Northeastern University: Whole Brain Dynamics in Aging C. Elegans

Kevin Wang, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine: Rebooting the Nuclear Architecture as an Innovative Cellular Reprogramming Strategy to Reverse Aging

Deborah Winter, PhD
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine: Uncovering the Role of Epigenomic Reprogramming on Monocyte Development in Aging

Nilay Yapici, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cornell University: Deciphering Changes in the Structure and Function of Neural Circuits that Regulate Homeostatic Drives During Aging