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Dr. Akhila Rajan Receives McKnight Award

By August 2, 2023No Comments

The health of our fat cells may influence the health of other organs and obesity researcher Akhila Rajan, PhD, has received a McKnight Foundation award to map that link.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center scientist’s $300,000, three-year Neurology of Brain Disorders Award will support investigations into how components of fat cells’ mitochondria (their energy-producing molecular power plants) find their way to the brain — and how they may influence neurological health after they arrive.

“I’m grateful we got funding from McKnight, because it’s a proactive idea and we needed someone to believe and invest in us to move the needle forward,” Rajan said.