The funds will support pioneering collaborative research on the biological mechanisms that control the aging process by faculty in the fields of neuroscience, computer science, computational biology, physics, and mathematics. The lab will be headed by Coleen Murphy, an associate professor of molecular biology and resident faculty at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics who already has established interdisciplinary collaborations with other Princeton researchers to address the aging process quantitatively. The grant will fund new experiments using cutting-edge technologies from a range of quantitative sciences.
The Glenn Foundation was founded in 1965 by Princeton alumnus Paul F. Glenn ('52) to extend the healthy productive years of life through research on the biological mechanisms of aging. The foundation has established similar research labs at a number of universities, including Harvard, Stanford, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"While great progress has been made in the identification of general longevity regulators, most aging research is focused on late-life physical or biochemical characteristics, such as loss of movement or death," said Murphy. "Early aging has not been as well studied. I believe that careful quantification of behavioral characteristics will allow us to better analyze these early declines as well as to assess therapeutic improvements."