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Research

Funding: Tulane Center for Aging Member's Grants

Victoria Perepelitsa Belancio, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Structural and Cellular Biology
Tulane Cancer Center
School of Medicine

Grants:

  • The effect of L1 elements on mammalian aging (Funded by The Ellison Medical Foundation)
  • The role of L1 element in cancer origin and progression (Funded by National Institues of Health)

Bruce A. Bunnell, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Director, Center for Gene Therapy
School of Medicine

Grants:

  • Biology of non-human primate marrow stromal cells (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for diabetes (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Immunopathological alterations in rhesus macaques with globoid cell leukodystrophy (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Rhesus SV40 antioxidant gene delivery to the CNS (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Non-human primate model for Krabbe’s Disease (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Stem cell production core: adult animal marrow stem cells (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Rhesus Macaque model of Krabbe Disease (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Homing and differentiation of adult stem cells to lung (Funded by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)
  • Adult stem cells mediated gene therapy for cystic fibrosis (Funded by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)
  • Adipose stem cell therapy for Krabbe Disease (Funded by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

Paul J. Colombo, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
School of Science and Engineering

Grants:

  • Mechanisms of Interactions among Memory Systems of the Mammalian Brain (Funded by National Science Foundation)
  • CAREER: Roles of hippocampal/ neostriatal systems in multiple forms of memory (Funded by National Science Foundation)

Jill M. Daniel, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
School of Science and Engineering

Grants:

  • Long-term effects of transient estradiol exposure on hippocampal function (National Science Foundation)

Prescott L. Deininger, PhD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Neuroscience Program
Director, Tulane Cancer Center
School of Medicine

Grants:

  • Mentoring a Cancer Genetics Program (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Sine Retrotransposition (Funded by National Institute of General Medical Sciences)
  • High Throughput Modular Microfluidic Systems for Drug Discovery/Development (Funded by NIH)
  • Alu/Alu Recombination (Funded by NIH)

Elizabeth Schmidt Didier, PhD

Research Scientist and Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane National Primate Research Center

Grants:

  • Nonhuman primate model of immunosenescence and vaccination (Funded by Tulane Research Enhancement Fund)
  • Gastrointestinal disease in captive rhesus macaques (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Dendritic Cell Response to Microsporidians (Funded by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease)

Donald P. Gaver, PhD

Alden J. "Doc" Laborde Professor Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Science and Engineering

Grants:

  • Engineering Ventilation Waveforms to Reduce Atelectrauma (Funded by National Institutes of Health)
  • Post-Katrina Support Fund Initiative (Funded by Louisiana Board of Regents)
  • Innovating Biomedical Design in Engineering Education (Funded by 2009 HP Innovations in Education)
  • Innovations in Biomedical Design and Analysis (Funded by Louisiana Board of Regents)
  • A Two-Color mu-PIV/LIF System to Measure Unsteady Two-Phase Flow and Surfactant Transport Relevant to the Lung (Funded by NSF)

Edward J. Golob, III, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
School of Science and Engineering
Neuroscience Program

Grants:

  • CAREER: Cortical processing of auditory spatial information (Funded by NSF- Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Science)
  • Cognitionand brain function in healthy aging (Tulane Research Enhancement Fund)

Jeanette Gustat, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Prevention Research Center
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Grants:

  • Assessing cognitive function in the Bogalusa heart study cohort (Funded by National Institute on Aging)
  • Baseline Evaluation of the Lafitte Greenway (Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • Health Impact of Bike Lanes in New Orleans (Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • Tulane University Prevention Research Center (Funded by CDC)
  • Physical Activity Policy Research Network Collaborating Member (Funded by CDC)

S. Michal Jazwinski, PhD

John W. Deming, MD Regents Chair in Aging
Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Department of Medicine
Director, Tulane Center for Aging
School of Medicine

Grants:

  • Determinants of human longevity and healthy aging (Funded by National Institute on Aging) 
  • Cellular aging in a yeast model system (Funded by National Institute on Aging)


Allan V. Kalueff, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Faculty member, BMS Program
Neuroscience Program
School of Medicine
Fellow, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Georgetown University Medical School

Grants:

  • Developing adult zebrafish-based models to study hallucinogenic drug action (Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Sangkyu Kim, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Tulane Center for Aging and Biology of Aging Laboratory
School of Medicine

Grants:

  • Genetics of longevity in long-lived siblings (Funded by National Institute on Aging)

M. A. "Tonette" Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Associate Dean / Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Tulane University
Former Study Section Chair, National Institutes of Health

Grants:

  • Cohort study of medication adherence among older adults (Funded by National Institutes of Health)
  • Longitudinal assessments in the Trial of Activity of Adolescent Girls (Funded by National Institutes of Health)
  • Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (Funded by National Institutes of Health)

Marcelo J. Kuroda, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine
Chairman, Immunology Division
Tulane National Primate Research Center

Grants:

  • Development of core services for cellular immune assays (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Core Service for Flow Cytometry (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Harnessing Human DC Subsets for Improved Mucosal Vaccines (Swine Flu) (Funded by NIH/NIAID)
  • Harnessing Human DC Subsets for Improved Mucosal Vaccines (NHP) (Funded by NIH/NIAID)
  • A Novel mantle cell lymphoma vaccine that targets dendritic cells (Funded by Baylor)
  • Monocyte/macrophages in the pathogenesis of AIDS in macaques (Funded by NIH/NIAID)
  • Monocyte/Macrophages in Pediatric AIDS (Funded by NIH/NIAID)
  • Region IV Center of Excellence for Emerging Infections and Biodefense (Alphavirus Vaccines for Biodefense) (Funded by NIH/NIAID)

Arthur J. Lustig, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Tulane Cancer Center
Tulane National Primate Research Center

Grants:

  • Eukaryotic Telomere dynamics (Funded by National Institute of General Medical Sciences)

Preston A. Marx, Jr., PhD

Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine
Core Scientist, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane Cancer Center
School of Medicine
Tulane National Primate Research Center

Grants:

  • Pathogenesis of natural SIV and STLV infections in humans (Funded by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
  • Immune responses to VSV/HIV/SIV hybrids in macaques (Funded by NIH)
  • DNA Vaccine for Induction of Mucosal Immunity (Funded by National Center for Research Resources)
  • Elicitation of broad immunity using VLPs with consensus envs (Funded by NIH)
  • Identification and preclinical testing of microbicides (Funded by NIH)
  • Efficacy and toxicity of CSIC and Retrocyclin in the SIV vaginal challenge model  (Funded by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
  • Cellular innate activation as a tactic to prevent HIV-1 transmission (Funded by NIH)

Michael J. Moore, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Grants:

  • Localized immobilization of EPHRIN-B2  for neurite guidance in 3D culture (Funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

Ken Muneoka, PhD

John L. and Mary Wright Ebaugh Chair in Science and Engineering
Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
School of Science and Engineering

Grants:

  • Digit Regeneration in Mammals (Funded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) / Army Research Office (ARO))
  • Application of Systems Biology to Regenerative Medicine (Funded by Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) / Army Research Office (ARO))
  • Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration (Funded by National Institutes of Health)

Leann Myers, PhD

Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Grants:

  • Interaction of EBV & HPV in the Development of Cervical Dysplsia (Funded by NIH)
  • Tropical Microbide Cooperative Research Center (Funded by NIAID)
  • The Clinical and Translational Research Education and Commercialization Program at THSC and LSUHSC (Funded by Louisiana Board of Regents)
  • Determinants of Human Longevity and Health Aging (Funded by NIH)
  • Microbial Correlates of Bacterial Vaginosis  Treatment Failure and Recurrence in Heterosexual Couples (Funded by NIH)

Laurie T. O'Brien, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
School of Science and Engineering

Grants:

  • Collaborative research GSE/RES: a cultural-psychological analysis of gender discrimination (and privilege) in STEM fields (Funded by NSF- Division of Human Resource Development)
  • Conceptualizing Racism: Understanding group and individual differences in the perception of racism (Funded by Louisiana Board of Regents)

Jeffrey G. Tasker, PhD

Catherine and Hunter Pierson Chair in Neuroscience
Director, Neuroscience Program
Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
School of Science and Engineering

Grants:

  • Acute corticosteroid actions in the amygdala (Funded by National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Acute corticosteroid actions in the hypothalamus (Funded by National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Cellular plasticity and hpa axis dysfunction (Funded by National Institute of Mental Health)

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