The research goals of my laboratory are to determine: 1) important changes in cardiovascular function with aging; 2) modulation of those changes by biological factors and lifestyle behaviors (e.g., physical activity/inactivity, diet); 3) the efficacy of lifestyle and pharmacological interventions for reversing adverse changes in cardiovascular function with aging; 4) the integrative (systemic to molecular) biological mechanisms that mediate cardiovascular changes with aging and the effects of modulating influences and interventions on those changes. Our primary focus is 'vascular aging', in particular the development of large elastic artery stiffness and impaired arterial endothelial function with advancing age. A wide range of contemporary experimental techniques are employed to study these issues in human subjects, rodents, cell culture and via high-throughput molecular analyses.
vascular aging, mechanisms of vascular aging, strategies for the prevention and treatment of vascular aging
IPHY 3590 - Health and Function over the Adult Lifespan
Examines topics in the field of biomedical aging in the context of public health including: lifespan, changing demographics of aging, healthspan, genetics of aging; physiology of aging (changes in function with age; biological mechanisms of aging); clinical disorders of aging (aging and chronic diseases; clinical syndromes in geriatric medicine); lifestyle and pharmacological strategies for preserving health and function with aging.
IPHY 6840 - Research Project
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
Involves a scholarly investigation of a selected topic using literature and/or experimental techniques. Advisor required. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.