Institute for Aging Research

Research Development Core (RDC)

Dr. Yousin Suh Aging Research Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NY

Director: Director, Yousin Suh, PhD  

RDC provides funding for Pilot and Feasibility studies and enhances and supports E-NSC science at Einstein. This Core has expanded to identify new faculty who have potential for "conversion" to aging research and provide continuous mentoring through grant applications, and to assist junior faculty and investigators new to aging research. RDS also provides formal education in the biology of aging to recipients of P&F funding and anyone who wants to benefit from part or all of the formal graduate course.

Einstein Nathan Shock Center for Excellence Pilot & Feasibility Study

The Pilot and Feasibility Program, a vital component of the Einstein NIH Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, will provide initial support for new investigators, allow established investigators to explore new directions, and enable the Center to attract scientists from other disciplines to Biology of Aging Research.

The Institute for Aging Studies has funds available through the Nathan Shock Center Award to support several new Pilot and Feasibility Studies in the next fiscal year (December 2017).  These awards are given for one year and are NOT renewable; however funded investigator may apply for a second year funding, which will be reviewed with the new proposals. 

As we are inaugurating soon a Cognitive Core for aging research at Golding Building, we encourage you to think of mechanism of aging that may be relevant to cognition. One award will allow you to spend the money on cognitive testing.

This year we plan to fund two types of awards:

  1. Three projects on biology of aging, $25,000 each for 1 year
  2. One projects on biology of cognitive decline/Alzheimer’s disease, $25,000 for 1 year

All academic full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Projects will be considered on any aspect of fundamental or applied research relating to physiological aging and age-related disorders. The program is designed to support:

  1. New investigators with interest in aging-related research.
  2. Established investigators in other disciplines who wish to begin research related to aging.
  3. Established investigators working in aging-related research, who wish to begin a new project representing a major departure from their previous research.

Use of any of the NSC cores to achieve preliminary data will have a priority: 

Applications should follow the NIH R01 format (form PHS 398) but reduced in length. Your application must include an abstract, budget, a research plan that does not exceed 4 pages, other support data, and NIH biosketch. Applications do not require institutional internal review or Dean's signature.

Application deadline is November 4, 2016.  

Submit application via email in a single PDF document to:
Kathy Paulus
Einstein Nathan Shock Aging Center
Belfer 701


Recipients of Pilot & Feasibility Awards


  • Evripidis Gavathiotis, PhD, Chaperone-Mediated Autophagy Against Neurodegeneration
  • Bo Yu, MD, Epigenetic Mechanisms of Ovarian Aging
  • Paul Frenette, MD, Aging of the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche
  • Deyou Zheng, PhD, Exosome RNAs in Cardiac Aging
  • Alexander Maslov, MD, PhD, Genomic rearrangements in aged animals
  • Daniel Weiser, MD, Survivors of childhood cancer using microRNA-seq


  • Claudia Gravekamp, PhD, Curing Cancer by Listeria immunotherapy at older age
  • Jill Kreiling, PhD (Brown University), Repetitive Element Expression in Normal Aging
  • Irwin Kurland, MD, PhD, Metabolomics of Aging and CR
  • Radhika Muzumdar, MD, Role of a Novel Mitochondrial Peptide in Cellular Senescence
  • Derek Huffman, PhD, Development of Chronobiosis Services in Rats and Mice
  • Fernando Macian-Juan, MD, PhD, Optimizing Proteostasis Measures in Human Blood Cells
  • Jan Vijg, PhD, Development of Single-Cell Genomics Core Services


  • Julie Secombe, PhD, Aging and DNA Mutation Induced by the Oncogene Myc
  • Erik Snapp, PhD, Aging and Functionality of the Endoplasmic Reticulum
  • Jason Wood, MCB (Brown University), Chromatic Reorganization with Age in Drosophila


  • Gil Atzmon, PhD, Epigenetic Profiling in Aging & Exceptional Longevity
  • Nicola Neretti, PhD (Brown University) Changes in Nuclear Organization in Aging Genome
  • Gary Schwartz, PhD, Regulation of Central mTOR in Aging
  • Rajat Singh, MD, MB, BS, Hypothalamic Autophagy and Energy Balance in Aging
  • Yousin Suh, PhD, Identification of Human Longevity-Associated miRNAs


Nir Barzilai aging research albert einstein college of medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYNir Barzilai, MD (bio) 

Professor of Medicine
Professor of Genetics
Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair in Aging Research


Ana Maria CuervoAna Maria Cuervo, PhD, MD (bio) 

Professor, Dept. of Molecular Biology
Professor, Dept. of Anatomy & Structural Biology
Professor, Dept. of Medicine
Robert and Renée Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases

From the Directors 


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Aging Research Center
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Belfer 701
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461

(718) 430-3144
Fax: (718) 430-8557


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