Research Cell Regeneration

Explore cell and tissue rejuvenation. Contact us to get involved in autophagy research.

Autophagy, Inflammation & Metabolism Center

Conduct groundbreaking research at the Autophagy, Inflammation and Metabolism (AIM) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence.

The study of autophagy—cell and tissue regeneration—is necessary to advance the means of fighting chronic conditions such as:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Global emerging infections
  • Heart disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Obesity

AIM is a national center of excellence, recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The center’s pilot program provides investigators with grants to generate data. They use these data to apply for external funding through NIH.

Read about the MGM AIM Center of Research Excellence in the journal Autophagy.

AIM Research Goals

One of AIM’s goals is to increase opportunities for autophagy-based research at UNM and within New Mexico.

With the support of a five-year, $11 million federal grant, we seek to provide junior faculty mentoring and encourage collaboration among field researchers. The center supports junior and senior investigators through multi-year projects and pilots. We aim to achieve international recognition through scientific advances.

The AIM Center will host national and international activities, promote collaborations and provide career opportunities. It is funded by NIH grant P20GM121176.

AIM Facilities

The AIM Center's core facilities are equipped with the ImageStream®x Mark II Imaging Flow Cytometer and the Cellinsight CX7 to help advance research. We will implement Seahorse in some of the core facilities.

ImageStream combines the speed, sensitivity and phenotyping abilities of flow cytometry with the detailed imagery and functional insights of microscopy. The Cellinsight CX7 is a high-content screening platform with flexible imaging options.