Stimpson Receives Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Durham, N.C. — Kaitlin Stimpson, a graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The purpose of this training fellowship is to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Stimpson’s research is focused on identifying mechanisms of genome rearrangement and centromere inactivation using novel experimental systems to produce dicentric human chromosomes.

Stimpson works in the laboratory of Beth Sullivan, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and an Investigator in the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy.

The NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. The Institute’s mission includes supporting and conducting genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans, fostering the development of research and clinician scientists in aging, and communicating information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers.