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2020

  • Ashley Su (MSTC high school student, senior) won the 1st place award in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair and qualified for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Anaheim, CA.
  • Sydney Sun (MSTC high school student, senior) won the 1st place award in Animal Science at the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Chris Wang (MSTC high school student, junior) won the 3rd place award in Translational Medicine Sciences at the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Ashley Su was accepted to Yale University Class 2024.
  • Sydney Sun was accepted to University of Pennsylvania Class 2024.

2019

  • Dr. Lin was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.
  • Dr. Lin was awarded $3.50 million from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to study effects of a prebiotic diet (inulin) to reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk via gut-brain axis.
  • Dr. Lin was appointed as a charter member of the Clinical Translational Imaging Science (CTIS) study section by National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Dr. Lin was a featured speaker of the 3rd Microbiome Movement – Gut-Brain Axis Summit held in Boston, MA.
  • Scott Thalman successfully defended and received PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
  • Tyler Hammond (MD/PhD candidate in Neuroscience) successfully completed the PhD qualifying exam.
  • Lucy Yanckello (PhD candidate in Nutritional Sciences) successfully completed the PhD qualifying exam.
  • Sydney Sun (MSTC high school student) won 1st place in the Microbiology Category at the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and 3rd place at the Kentucky State Science and Engineering Fair, and the 2019 winner of the special award from the Society for In Vitro Biology.

2018

  • Dr. Lin was appointed as a charter member of the Medical Imaging (MEDI) study section by National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Jared Hoffman successfully defended and received PhD in Nutritional Sciences.
  • Scott Thalman was appointed as a NIH/NIA T32 scholar by Sanders-Brown Center on Aging of the University of Kentucky.
  • Lucy Yanckello was appointed as a NIH/NIDDK T32 scholar by the Nutritional Sciences Program of the University of Kentucky.
  • Lucy Yanckello and Tyler Hammond were awarded and selected for oral presentations for the First International Conference on Precision Nutrition and Metabolism in Public Health and Medicine in Chania, Crete, Greece.
  • Tyler Hammond and Lucy Yanckello were awarded and selected for oral presentations for the American College of Nutrition International Conference in Seattle, WA.
  • Tyler Hammond and Mengfan Xia received Graduate Student Congress Awards from the University of Kentucky.
  • Mengfan Xia received travel award to attend JAX’s workshop of Improving Preclinical Translation of Alzheimer’s Disease Research in Bar Harbor, ME.
  • Jared Hoffman was awarded and selected for oral presentation for the Keystone Symposium on Manipulation of Gut Microbiota for Metabolic Health in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  • David Ma and Jennifer Lee (Dunbar MSTC High School students) received 1st and 2nd place awards, receptively, in Transnational Medicine Sciences at the Central Kentucky Regional Science Fair.
  • David Ma was accepted to HarvardYale, and Stanford Class 2022.
  • Scott Thalman and David Ma received travel awards to attend 2018 annual meeting of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in Paris, France.
  • David Ma was qualified for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • David Ma received the 3rd place Grand Award in the Translational Medicine in ISEF!

2017

  • Dr. Lin was awarded $2.88 million from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to study a drug’s potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Dr. Lin was invited to be an ad hoc member for the Medical Imaging (MEDI) study section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Dr. Lin received pilot grant award from the Oklahoma Nathan Shock Center for Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging.
  • Dr. Lin was invited to serve as a Guest Associate Editor of Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, hosting a Research Topic on Metabolic and Vascular Imaging Biomarkers for Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease”  
  • Jared Hoffman was appointed as a NIH/NIDDK T32 scholar by the Nutritional Sciences Program of the University of Kentucky.
  • Jared Hoffman and Ishita Parikh were awarded Young Investigator Bursary Travel Award by the BRAIN 2017 meeting in Berlin, Germany.
  • Scott Thalman successfully completed the PhD qualifying exam.
  • David Ma was selected for oral presentation at the 2017 Experimental Biology meeting in Chicago, IL.
  • David Ma received a Poster Award from the Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia of the University of Kentucky.
  • Jennifer Lee (a Dunbar MSTC High School student) received 2nd place award in the Translational Medicine Sciences Category at the Central Kentucky Regional Sciences and Engineering Fair.

2016

  • Dr. Lin was recognized as a Top 15 Young Investigator by the Charleston Conference in Alzheimer’s Disease (CCAD).
  • Dr. Lin received one of the three New Vision Awards from CCAD and Donors Cure Foundation.
  • Jared Hoffman successfully completed the PhD qualifying exam.
  • Amy Wang and David Ma (Dunbar MSTC High School students) were selected as finalists for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) competition and received 3rd Place Grand Award in the category of Translational Medical Science and  2nd place of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Special Award.
  • Amy Wang was accepted to Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Duke, Purdue Class 2021.

2015

  • Dr. Lin received a pilot award from the Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) and Center for Clinical and Transnational Science (CCTS) of University of Kentucky to study Rapamycin effects on restoring brain functions in APOE4 carriers.
  • Janet Guo (a Dunbar MSTC High School student) received 1st place in the Behavioral Sciences Category at the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and an American Psychological Association Award.
  • Janet Guo’s publication entitled ” Early shifts of brain metabolism by caloric restriction preserve white matter integrity and long-term memory in aging mice”. was a feature article on Front. Aging Neurosci.’s social media: Facebook and Twitter . (> 10,099 views as of February 15, 2018).
  • Janet Guo was accepted to UC Berkeley, Emory, and Northeastern University Class 2020.
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