National Institutes of Health (USA) has awarded a grant for two-years ($418,000) to Dr. Khyobeni Mozhui, neuro-scientist from Nagaland for undertaking scientific project, ‘DNA methylation and gene expression study of aging and lifespan differences’ to study the epigenetics of aging.
Dr. Mozhui, the recipient of the research grant is currently teaching in University of Tennessee Health Science Centre, Memphis.
The research work would be carried out in collaboration with department of Preventive Medicine and Genetics, Genomics and Informatics in the College of Medicines, University of Tennessee Health Science Centre (UTHSC). Their team will use the vast biobanked tissue resource developed by Robert Williams, PhD, professor and chair of the department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics at UTHSC.
With this project, Dr. Mozhui and her team aim to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the molecular basis of aging. If successful, this project could better strategies for healthy aging, and for enhancing vigor and wellness during old age.
Dr. Khyobeni Mozhui is the daughter of Nchumbemo and Thungbeni Mozhui of Longtsung village, Wokha district. She studied in Little Flower School Kohima during her early years before moving to Delhi.
She pursued her science studies and got scholarship to move to US in 2003 where she completed her PhD. Dr. Khyobeni is also a fitness enthusiast and a trained classical guitarist. It may be mentioned that Dr. Khyobeni is perhaps the first Naga women scientist to receive a grant from the Federal Government of the United States of America.
Source- Nagaland Post