Development Core

Core Leader: Ron Korstanje
Phone: 207-288-6992

The Development Core seeks to expand the research focus on aging, healthspan and age-related diseases at JAX through a robust Research Development Core by actively supporting and mentoring both new and established investigators who are developing new programs in the field of aging biology. Investigators are directly supported through a process of pilot project funding. In addition, the Jackson Aging Center (JAC) provides access to aged animals and samples collected from aged animals to support pilot project awardees and other qualified investigators. JAC investigators serve as mentors to promote career development for new investigators in the field of aging biology by providing support for organizing and hosting aging-related courses, seminars, and workshops at our Bar Harbor, Maine and Farmington, Connecticut campuses, and collaborating institutes. The following are pilot project awardees since 2015.

2019 Pilot Project Awardees:

Scott Leiser, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Determine the effect of mianserin supplementation at mid-life on aging

Chia Shan Wu, Ph.D., Texas A&M
Effects of dietary soluble fiber supplementation on fecal microbiome and metabolome in aging mice

Rupa Sridharan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Determining the epigenetic determinants of cellular aging

Melissa Duncan, Ph.D., University of Delaware
Validate RNA seq results comparing the response of aged and young mice to cataract surgery

Vivek Kumar, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
Video Analysis of gait in aged mice

David Baglietto-Vargas, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Age-associated changes in the white adipose cells

Cintia De Paiva, Ph.D., BaylorIdentifying
Age-Related Changes in Molecular Signatures in Aged T Regulatory Cells

Katherine Aird, Ph.D., Penn State
Investigating the Aging Micro environment on Ovarian Cancer Biology

Chung-Ping Liao, Ph.D., UT Southwestern
The mechanism of aging-induced hair graying and hair loss in mammals

2018 Pilot Project Awardees:

Danitza Nebor, Ph.D. The Jackson Laboratory
Investigate whether decreasing of mTORC1 activity would increase the expression of the mouse bh1

Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D. University of Washington
Examine and compare the effects of in-chow of 42mg/kg/day of rapamycin (42 ppm eRAPA) for 8 weeks (~2 months) on age-associated periodontal disease in wild-type C57BL/6 mice at 20 months of age.

Steven Gygi, Ph.D., Harvard University
The aged mouse proteome

Margarita Meer, Ph.D., Harvard University
Development of a blood-based DNA methylation clock in mice

Berenice Benayoun, Ph.D., University of Southern California
Sex dimorphism in aging macrophages

Danielle Bruns Ph.D./Emily Schmitt, Ph.D., University of Wyoming
Linking Cardiac Aging with Biological Clock Activity

Aby Buchwalter, Ph.D., University of California San Francisco
Quantify nucleor size as a proxy for nucleolar activity over age in tissue sections at 6, 12 and 18 months

Shohana Yakar, Ph.D. NYU
Test the effect of Methylene Blue on bone quality during Aging

Samual Beck, Ph.D., Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
CpG islands and chromatin architecture changes during aging

Giovanni Mann, Ph.D., King’s College London
Impact of ageing on endothelial cell trafficking of intermediate conductance Ca2+ activated potassium channels

2017 Pilot Project Grantees:

Muneer Hasham, Ph.D.,The Jackson Laboratory
Determining the genetic variations that impact the age-related B-cell immune response.

Duygu Ucar, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
Epigenomic disruption of immune cell functions with aging in CC founder strains

Catherine Kaczorowski, Ph.D.,The Jackson Laboratory
Systems Genetics of Normal Aging and Alzheimer's Disease.

Ewelina Bolcun-filas, Ph.D.,The Jackson Laboratory
Genetics and Genomics of the Ovarian Reserve and Female Fertility

Olga Anczukow, Ph.D.,The Jackson Laboratory
Identifying age-related changes in splicing regulation in the mammary gland

John Fryer, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic
Use single-cell RNAseq technology to determine the cellular response in all cell types in the aging brain.

2015/2016 Pilot Project Grantees:

Brett Kaufman, Ph.D., University of Pittsburg
Genetic Control of Mitochondrial DNA content with Aging

Gareth Howell, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
Investigating the role of APOE in age-related neurovascular unit decline and neuroinflammation.