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UT Dallas researcher receives NIH grant

November 30, 2015

After her next two years at UT Dallas, Rodrigue will decide whether to stay and continue her projects here or go elsewhere. The grant probably will make her attractive to many universities and give her a competitive edge when she seeks her first professor position.

The grant requires that 75 percent of Rodrigue's time as a newly minted faculty member be devoted directly to research. So her teaching load will be lower than most assistant professors face. She will be able to set up an independent lab and hire research assistants to facilitate projects.

Dr. Kristen Kennedy, another center researcher, received a K99 grant last spring, to support her research into the role of white matter in the reorganization of age-related brain function.

Dr. Denise Park, director of the center and Distinguished University Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, has served as a mentor to Rodrigue.

"These awards are given to the most elite new PhDs to support the next generation of scientists in the United States," Park said. "They provide significant resources to further the careers of the best and see that they are provided with everything they need for the first five years of their career. To have one young scientist at the Center for Vital Longevity with such an award is a significant honor. To have two is unprecedented. Dr. Rodrigue will play an important role in understanding how cardiovascular health and Alzheimer's disease are intertwined."

Source: University of Texas at Dallas