Federal grant to fund NYMC study of DNA in ovarian aging

WASHINGTON – The National Institute on Aging is granting the New York Medical College in White Plains $71,137 to study DNA repair in ovarian aging.

The grant will allow researchers to investigate how DNA damage is the root cause of two types of ovarian aging – reproductive aging and aging caused by cancer treatments. Once the key genes are identified, the research will advance efforts to protect and enhance women’s reproductive health using innovative pharmaceutical tools to repair the damaged DNA.

“Reproductive aging is a significant public health issue affecting a major segment of the female population and our lab is leading the research in this area,” said Dr. Kutluk Oktay, the mentor in the search being performed by Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Basic Medical Sciences at New York Medical College and the principal investigator for the project.

The grant was announced by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY17).

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