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GFMR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN AGING RESEARCH

The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research created the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research program to encourage and further the careers of postdoctoral fellows who are conducting research in the basic biology of aging, as well as translating advances in basic research from the laboratory to the clinic. Postdoctoral fellows at all levels of training are eligible.

Application Information

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

Fellowship Recipients

2023

Turan Aghayev, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco: Role of an exercise liver-to-brain rejuvenation axis in restoring regenerative and cognitive function in aging

Zhongchi Li, Ph.D.
Weill Cornell Medicine: Investigating the role of propionate metabolism in aging

Ting Miao, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School: The pathophysiological role of gut microbiota-derived acetate under aging

Daniel Robinson, Ph.D.
Stanford University: Identifying the upstream regulators of the gerozyme 15-PGDH to mitigate its overexpression in aging and maintain tissue homeostasis and health

Zachary Sebo, Ph.D.
Northwestern University: Molecular Basis of Metformin Action in Treating Age-Related Disease

Gunjan Singh, Ph.D.
Brown University: Determining the role of Dosage Compensation Complex in regulation of sex-specific aging of brain

Lichao Wang, Ph.D.
The University of Connecticut Health Center: Gut microbiome changes associated with p21high cell clearance in aging

Jiping Yang, Ph.D.
Columbia University Medical Center: Identification and characterization of functional non-coding variants associated with human longevity

Hanlin Zhang, Ph.D.
University of California Berkeley: Remodeling of the extracellular matrix promotes longevity via mitochondrial signaling

Sen Zhang, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago: Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Aging by the Bone Marrow Niche

2022

Matthew Bubak, Ph.D.
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation: Restoring the ability of aged muscle to adapt to aerobic exercise with heterochronic plasma transfer

Chatrawee Duangjan, Ph.D.
University of Southern California: DCAF11/WDR23-dependent proteostasis mediates glucose and lipid handling

Silvana Duran-Ortiz, Ph.D.
Ohio University: Determining the healthspan and senescent cell and DNA damage response status in long-lived mice with germline and adult-onset growth hormone receptor disruption

Yasar Arfat Kasu, Ph.D.
University of California San Diego: Changes in ribosomal activity and proteostasis in hematopoietic stem cell aging

Ekaterina Korotkevich, Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco: Identification of pathways connecting age-associated accumulation of mtDNA mutations with aging phenotypes

Daniel Levine, Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco: Interrogating the Role of Epigenetic Signaling to PER2 in Healthful Adaptation to Calorie Restriction

Heidi Pak, Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwestern: Identification of Feeding Entrainment Mechanisms in a Calorie Restricted Diet

Ines Sturmlechner, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic: Determinants regulating memory cell longevity and function in older adults

Binsheng Wang, M.D.
University of Connecticut Health Center: Targeting p21Cip1-highly-expressing Cells to Improve Lifespan and Healthspan in Naturally Aged Mice

2021

Yann Cormerais, Ph.D.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Genetic dissection of the insulin/IGF1-mTOR pathway in mammalian aging

Madison Doolittle, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic: Investigation of osteo-lineage cells as primary mediators of senescence in the bone microenvironment

Sooyeon Lee, Ph.D.
Stanford University: The pathophysiological role of Succinate dehydrogenase deficiency in β-cell aging and diabetes

Claire Leveau, Ph.D.
Yale University: Impact of Catechol-O-methyltransferase in the neuro-immune regulation of metabolic disorders

Yuancheng Lu, Ph.D.
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT: A genomic search of novel rejuvenation cocktails

Pradeep Ramalingam, M.D., Ph.D.
Hackensack University Medical College: Rejuvenation of aged hematopoietic stem cells by suppression of bone marrow inflammaging

Anand Saran, Ph.D.
University of California San Diego: Using Engineered Native Bacteria To Understand The Relationship Between Altered Microbial Functional Dynamics and Age-Related Circadian Dysmetabolism

Tina Sing, Ph.D.
University of California Berkeley: Leveraging gametogenesis-specific rejuvenation pathways to counteract cellular aging

Yuting Tan, M.D. Ph.D.
Stanford University: De-aging the brain by reversing the immuno-metabolism of myeloid cells

Lei Zhang, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota: Targeting cellular senescence with novel senotherapeutics by design to extend healthspan

Zeda Zhang, Ph.D.
Sloan Kettering Institute: Identifying targets for senolytic therapies from the cell surface proteome of senescent cells

2020

Wei-Wen Chen, Ph.D.
Georgia Institute of Technology: Investigating the connection between fat metabolism and aging process with broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (BCARS) imaging

Cara Green, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Genes and genetic variants that determine the metabolic response to dietary protein

Johanna Heid, Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Single-cell triple omics analysis of the aging genome, epigenome and transcriptome

Seokjo Kang, Ph.D.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: The Role of CCL11 in Aging-Associated Microglial Reactivity

Dunja Mrdjen, Ph.D./MsC
Stanford University: The cellular landscape of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease through multiplexed ion beam imaging

Cana Park, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco: Mechanisms of klotho and platelet activation to counter cognitive aging

Koning Shen, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley: The role of lysosomal to mitochondrial communication in health and aging

Ruth Singer, Ph.D.
The Rockefeller University: Shedding light on the role of RNA binding protein-mediated RNA regulation in synaptic plasticity and aging

Matthew Tierney, Ph.D.
The Rockefeller University: Interrogating the functional role of aged stem cell niche interactions in the hair follicle

Kyohei Tokizane, Ph.D.
Washington University: Investigating the role of dorsomedial hypothalamus in mammalian aging

2019

Laura Bott, Ph.D.
Northwestern University: Elucidating intra- and inter-individual variability in proteostasis network capacity during aging

Nirmalya Dasgupta, Ph.D.
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute: A role for histone chaperone HIRA in cytoplasmic DNA sensing and senescence-associated inflammatory signaling

Yoko Henderson, Ph.D.
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute: Determining the effects of late-life initiated caloric restriction on aging-related cognitive decline, frailty, and H2S production

Ryo Higuchi-Sanabria, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley: More than just a load control: cytoskeletal form and function during aging

Li Li, M.D./Ph.D.
Stanford University: A mitochondrial membrane-spanning ternary complex is a drug target for aging and Parkinson’s disease

Elise Marsan, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco: Glial dysfunctions in brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases

Mikolaj Ogrodnik, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic: Targeting lipid metabolism to reduce pro-inflammatory phenotype and viability of senescent cells

Seungjin Ryu, Ph.D.
Yale University: The role of a matricellular adipokine in aging by integration of immune-metabolic response

Kevin Stein, Ph.D.
Stanford University: Defining the role of co-transitional proteostasis in aging and age-related pathologies

Matthew Ulgherait, Ph.D.
Columbia University: Engineering the microbiome to ameliorate age-related intestinal diseases and extend lifespan in Drosophila

2018

Joel Blanchard, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Understanding Myelin Degeneration in Alzheimer’s Disease and Aging

Jorge Castillo-Quan, M.D./Ph.D.
Harvard University: Elucidating pathways by which lipid signals modulate longevity, redox metabolism and proteostasis

Ukrae Cho, Ph.D.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies: Linking long-lived protein maintenance, nuclear protein homeostasis, and brain aging

Ching-Chieh Chou, Ph.D.
Stanford University: Systematic dissection of the protein homeostasis network affected by aging and neurodegenerative diseases using human neuronal models

Susan Eliazer, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco: Wnt4 as a novel therapeutic for rejuvenating muscle stem cell function during aging

Karl Miller, Ph.D.
Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute: Mitochondrial retrograde signaling as a therapeutic target for senescence-associated inflammation

Sharon Owino, Ph.D./MSCR
Emory University: The role of GPR37 in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis

Jyung Mean Son, Ph.D.
University of Southern California: Nuclear gene regulation by the mitochondrial-encoded peptide MOTS-c during aging

Kristoffer Svensson, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego: Protein acetylation and age-related skeletal muscle contractile dysfunction

Stephen Treaster, Ph.D.
Boston Children’s Hospital: Leveraging natural experiments in aging through broad phylogenetic analysis of genomic variation

Sean James Miller, Ph.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine: Investigating the effects of Norrin on the blood-brain-barrier

2017

Mohammad Parvez Alam, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School: Orally bioavailable nicotinic acid riboside multimers to slow the effects of aging by design

Lear Brace, Ph.D.
Buck Institute for Research on Aging: Mechanisms of sexual dimorphism and mTORC1 effectors in type II diabetes and aging

Leah Cuddy, Ph.D.
Northwestern University: Mechanisms of a novel angiotensin converting enzyme 1 mutation in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis

Neil Dani, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School: Activity-dependent clearance of cerebrospinal fluid in the aging brain

Mladen Jergovic, Ph.D.
University of Arizona: Administration of cytokines and pattern recognition to improve the aged immune response

Min-Dian Li, Ph.D.
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health: Targeting fatty acid binding protein aP2 to prevent age-associated metabolic decline

James Markworth, Ph.D.
Purdue: Aging and the resolution of skeletal muscle inflammation

Aya Namba, M.D.
University of Michigan: Sex-Steroids in Aging Women: the Role of the Adrenal Gland

Nathalie Saurat, Ph.D.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Identifying novel strategies to induce age-associated damage in human pluripotent stem cell models of Alzheimer’s disease

Huiliang Zhang, Ph.D.
University of Washington: SS-31 reversal of mitochondrial dysfunction in the aging heart

2016

Jenna Bartley, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut: Prevention of Age-associated Influenza-induced Inflammation, Muscle Atrophy and Disability

John Collins, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: SIRT6 as a novel therapeutic target in aging and osteoarthritis

Evgeni Frenkel, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Tracking the dynamics and selective autophagy to elucidate its role in cell-intrinsic aging

Jessica Hoffman, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham: The metabolomic consequences of size and age in the domestic dog: a new model of human morbidity and mortality

Liam Hunt, Ph.D.
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Global analysis of ubiquitin ligases that control muscle growth and sarcopenia

Timothy Jarome, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham: The role of DNA hydroxymethylation in age-related memory decline induced by early life stress

Jamie Justice, Ph.D.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine: Relation of senescent cell burden to physical and metabolic function in human aging

Su Jeong Kim, Ph.D.
University of Southern California: Investigating the senolytic function of mitochondrial peptides

Marissa Schafer, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic: Targeting cellular senescence to attenuate pulmonary fibrosis

Xiaoai Zhao, M.D/Ph.D.
Stanford University: Fat metabolism regulation in neural stem cell aging and rejuvenation

2015

Dov Ballak, Ph.D.
University of Colorado at Boulder: Interleukin-37 as a Novel Treatment for Inflamm-aging

Marco De Cecco, Ph.D.
Brown University: Activation of retrotransposable elements in cellular senescence: new therapeutic targets to prevent cell-intrinsic initiation of autoimmunity

Hongqing Du, Ph.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine: Developing Novel Approaches to Extend Muscle Healthspan

Neha Garg, Ph.D.
Harvard: The role of the relocation of chromatin modifying proteins in aging

David Gate, Ph.D.
Stanford University: Role of microglia in brain rejuvenation

Emily Goldberg, Ph.D.
Yale University: Impact of ketone metabolites on age-related inflammation

Woojin Han, M.S.E/Ph.D.
Georgia Tech Research Corporation: Hydrogels for Skeletal Muscle Regeneration in Young and Aging Mice

Jerome Mertens, Ph.D.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies: Using human, age-equivalent directly induced neurons to study nucleo-cytoplasmic compartmentalization in human aging and Alzheimer’s disease

Reyhan Westbrook, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University: The Identification and Translation of Novel Metabolic Findings in the Aging Chronically Inflammed Interleukin-10tm1Cgn Mouse

Lynda Wilmott, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center: Novel drug discovery method identifies KCNH3 as an Alzheimer’s Disease therapeutic target

2014

Andrew Arrant, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham: Molecular Mechanisms of Aging-Related Neuronal Dysfunction in Progranulin-Deficient Mice

Tracy Brennan, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: Intrinsic cellular and microenvironmental effects of aging on MSC engraftment: Implications for transplantation as a therapeutic modality

Tyesha Burks, Ph.D.
Bowie State University: Long-term administration of losartan ameliorates pathologies associated with sarcopenia

Damien Callahan, Ph.D.
University of Vermont: Acute Disuse Muscle Atrophy: Investigating Mechanisms and Countermeasures in Older Adults

Ying Ann Chiao, Ph.D.
University of Washington: Interventions to reverse cardiac aging

Simon Johnson, Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Functional Characterization of Human Longevity-Associated IGF1R Variants in a Mouse Model

Chen-Yu Liao, Ph.D.
Buck Institute for Research on Aging: Autophagy in Cardiac Function and Aging

Christopher Martens, Ph.D.
University of Colorado at Boulder: Nicotinamide Riboside Supplementation for Improving Physiological Function in Older Adults

Hyejung Won, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles: Chromosomal disorganization in Down syndrome and its implication in aging

Ming Xu, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic: The role of cellular senescence in age-related tissue dysfunction and diseases

2004

Paul Allen, Ph.D.
Research Associate, University of Rochester: Aging-related Neural Desynchronization in the Auditory Brainstem

Johannes Bauer, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Connecticut Health Center: The Role of p53 in Life Span Extension

Robert Dekroon, Ph.D.
Fellow, Duke University Medical Center: The Role of Intracellular Pathways Mediated by Lipoproteins in the Regulation of Apoptosis

Rugang Zhang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, Fox Chase Cancer Center: Molecular Basis of Cellular Senescence

2003

Arjumand Ghazi, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco: Role of the Somatic Gonad in the Regulation of Caenorhabditis elegans Aging

David W. Killilea, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute: Cellular Aging Alters Intracellular Iron Homeostasis

Gawain McColl, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Buck Institute for Age Research: The Role of KU70 in Stress Resistance and Aging

Andrej Podlutsky, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, University of Idaho: Stress Tolerance and Bat Aging

2002

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley: Neural Mechanisms of Memory Function in Normal Aging

Dejan Milatovic, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University: Cerebral Oxidative Damage in the Models of Advanced Age, Inflammation and Excitotoxicity

Anne Simon, Ph.D.
Fellow, California Institute of Technology: Study of Long-Lived Mutants of the Ecdysone Receptor

Meng-Ping Tu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University: Yeast Restriction in Juvenile State Extends Adult Lifespan in Drosophila Melanogaster

2001

Debdutta Bandyopadhay, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, Baylor College of Medicine: Role of Histone Deacetylation in Melanocytes Senescence

Kathy Barsz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rochester Medical Center: The Effect of Aging on Physiological Correlates of Masked Intensity Judgements

Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville: Identification of the Novel Late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease Gene on Chromosome 10 Using Plasma Amyloid Beta Levels as a Surrogate Genetic Marker

Faith Gunning-Dixon, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: The Neural Basis of Age-related Declines in Episodic Memory

Kimmo Hatanpaa, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Fellow, Johns Hopkins University: Catabolism of Alzheimer Amyloid Beta-protein

Shunai Jiang, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University: Fas Ligand and Fas in Aging

Pankaj Kapahi, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology: Isolation and Characterization of Genes that Extend Lifespan and Prevent Neurodegeneration Using Drosophila Melanogaster as a Model System

Plamen Penev, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Chicago: Poor Sleep Quality and Testosterone Decline in Older Men

Claus Pietrzik, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego: Role of the LRP in Cytoplasmic Domain in APP Processing

Leanne Rae Stewart, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Washington University School of Medicine: The Involvement of Mutant PrP Accumulation and Apoptosis in Neurodegeneration in Tg(PG14) Mice