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Ezekiel Crenshaw Awarded R36 NIH Grant

September 4, 2014

Ezekiel Crenshaw

Ezekiel Crenshaw, a PhD candidate in the lab of Aleister Saunders, PhD (Co-Advised by Mike Akins, PhD), has been awarded the Aging Research Dissertation Award to Increase Diversity (R36) from the National Institutes of Health. Funded by the National Institute on Aging whose goal is to increase diversity in scientific research on aging and aging-related health issues, the grant is entitled “Characterizing G-quadruplex Mediated Regulation of Amyloid Precursor Protein Expression”. The purpose of his research is to identify how this secondary structure, termed G-quadruplex, is involved in regulating the gene expression of the Amyloid Precursor Protein, a protein that plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer ’s disease.