T32 Training for Postdoctoral Fellows & Graduate Students

The T32 research training grant program at Oklahoma Center for Geroscience and Healthy Brain Aging in Oklahoma City offers professional research training opportunities for three (3) graduate students and four (4) postdoctoral fellowships.

Current T32 Researchers & Projects

To support training in geroscience, each position provides a stipend, health insurance, tuition, travel, research supplies and professional mentorship. Trainees focus on a particular project within their mentor’s laboratory. Learn more about T32 training at Oklahoma Center for Geroscience and Healthy Brain Aging.

Predoctoral Positions (Graduate Students)

Current predoctoral researchers and projects include:

  • Kyla Tooley
    Neurons are the most abundant cell type in the brain, and continuous activity of these long-lived cells leave their genome vulnerable to instability with aging. This project is designed to identify changes in the organization and interpretation of the neuronal genome, and the implications this has for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Destiny Simpson
    Recombination activating gene 2 (RAG2) is a protein vital for B and T cells to mount immune responses against disease-causing pathogens, and is required throughout the human lifespan. These studies will determine the regulatory roles of RAG2 that lead to a robust immune system, while reducing risks from immunodeficiency, and the development of blood-based cancers.
  • OPEN

Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions

Current postdoctoral researchers and topics include:

  • Arik Davidyan
    Decline in mitochondrial function, which is one hallmark of aging, contributes to the progressive decline in muscle mass that occurs with age. New techniques are being developed to measure mitochondrial dynamics, some of the major ways by which mitochondria remodel to maintain function in skeletal muscle.
  • Matthew Bubak
  • Jordan Fuqua
    Age-related muscle loss contributes to the onset of multiple diseases that promote unhealthy aging. The goal of this project is to maintain muscle health in older individuals by identifying and targeting dysfunctional cellular processes that occur with age.
  • OPEN
How to Apply

Find out how to apply for T32 research training and what to expect during the appointment process.

Join Oklahoma’s Geroscience Professionals

As a clinician, educator or researcher working in the area of age-related disease, you’re encouraged to become a member of the Oklahoma Center for Geroscience and Healthy Brain Aging. Join our broad effort to better understand the aging process, reduce disease and improve quality of life as we all get older.

View our leadership team and find OU Health geroscience clinical faculty. Contact us to learn how you can partner with Oklahoma Center for Geroscience and Healthy Brain Aging.

National Funding Support for Oklahoma

Oklahoma Center for Geroscience and Healthy Brain Aging is funded in part by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.