A new grant of $100,000 will allow Dr. Darcie Moore to study how neural stem cells age, and how this can lead to cognitive decline and other maladies of old age.
The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) awarded one of its junior faculty awards to Moore, an assistant professor of neuroscience, for her study of the molecular mechanisms underlying asymmetric segregation of aging factors in mammalian neural stem cells.
"Throughout life, stem cells are responsible for replenishing and regenerating tissue, to maintain youthfulness," Moore explains. "But as we age, this ability is decreased. My lab studies the mechanisms that lead to these changes, with our ultimate goal to improve stem cell function during aging."
Moore received one of eight AFAR junior faculty grants awarded this year.