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Funding and Workshops


Research Development Core

Research Development Core

The goal of the SD-NSC Research Development Core is to provide support for the career development of junior researchers entering the field of basic aging biology, as well as for established investigators who wish to join the field of aging research. The resources and activities offered include the option to:

  • Launch new heterogeneity of aging research projects through a pilot grant funding program that take advantage of the SD-NSC Human Cell Models of Aging, Heterogeneity of Aging, and Integrative Models of Aging research resource cores. Five-six pilot grants of $15,000 each will be available (details to be released soon).

  • Receive training in SD-NSC’s Human Cell Models of Aging, Heterogeneity of Aging, and Integrative Models of Aging research cores. This training will be offered yearly as a one-day workshop following the La Jolla Aging Meeting. The first workshop will be held March 26, 2021 (more information to follow soon) and will include hands-on/virtual visits to the SD-NSC scientific cores to cover practical applications of new and emerging technologies for aging research. The day will conclude with a module on grant writing. Each core also will provide hands-on training for pilot grant awardees.

  • Establish a personalized mentoring program between junior and senior members of NSCs and beyond. There will be two ways to enter this program. The first is by winning a pilot grant (see above). In this case, a mentor with expertise in the proposed research will be made available for the awardee. A second is by creating mentor-mentee pairs within SD-NSC and other NSCs, and beyond where possible. Such pairing will be facilitated by “speed-dating” events at the NSC annual meeting, or other aging meetings where the SD-NSC will run a workshop to help pair mentors and mentees with mutual research interests.

Click here for details on the San Diego Nathan Shock Center Pilot Grant Program »

Click here for SD-NSC 2021 Workshop slides and videos »


2021 SD-NSC Pilot Grant Awardees

Ana Chucair-Elliott
PROJECT TITLE
A novel inducible cell-specific mouse model for chromatin accessibility and transcriptomic studies of retina Müller glia in age-related macular degeneration
Staff Scientist
Willard Freeman's Lab
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Vanessa Delcroix
PROJECT TITLE
A single-cell atlas of the aging lacrimal gland to understand the mechanisms underlying age-associated dry eye disease
Postdoctoral Fellow
Helen Makarenkova's Lab
The Scripps Research Institute
Maria Clara Guida
PROJECT TITLE
Investigating the epigenetic drift of aging hearts using Drosophila
Staff Scientist
Rolf Bodmer’s Lab
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Adam Konopka
PROJECT TITLE
The Metabolic-Epigenomic Network of Metformin and Exercise
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lara Labarta Bajo
PROJECT TITLE
Astrocyte Plasticity in the Aging Brain
Postdoctoral Fellow
Nicola Allen's Lab
Salk Institute
Maria Mihaylova
PROJECT TITLE
Characterizing Age-Dependent Changes in the Mammalian Colon
Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University