Bioengineering professor Irina Conboy has just been selected as a Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging.
The Ellison Medical Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, supports basic biomedical research relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases and disabilities through its Aging Program.
The New Scholar award is a very competitive honor, with only one candidate nominated by each invited university and institution, and only about ten scholars selected each year. The award provides four years of research funding for investigators in the early stages of their careers. These awards contribute to a safety net that allows bright young scientists to staff their laboratories, collect preliminary data, and organize research programs of sufficient momentum to obtain ongoing support from other sources.
Dr. Irina Conboy joined the Department of Bioengineering faculty in 2004, after obtaining her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Immunology at Stanford University, and working as a postdoc and instructor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford. Her research focuses on stem cell aging.