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Recently Awarded Grants to our Faculty

Congratulations to Damian Borbolla, MD, MS whose seed grant proposal to the WHO/PAHO Pan America Health Organization was one of only 35 winners out of more than 200 submissions. His proposal, “Standard based Web Application to survey social determinants of health in Peru” was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Peru. Dr. Borbolla is the PI from the Utah part of the grant, and he is very excited about this unique opportunity to start building relationships with the Ministry of Health and academic centers in Peru and Latin America.

Congratulations also go to Younghee Lee, Ph.D. who was awarded funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) for her grant, “Integrative analysis of alternative splicing in Alzheimer’s disease”.  Her project will identify novel Alzheimer’s disease (AD)-associated genes and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) affecting the splicing regulation by integrating RNA-Seq and GWAS data in a systems biology approach. Her lab will also develop a splicing decision model to combine DNA methylation data with GWAS and RNA-Seq data, and therefore identify functionally actionable epigenetic factors associated with AD biomarkers. She will collaborate with Drs. Kwangsik Nho and Andrew J. Saykin at the Center for Neuroimaging Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences and Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.