Faculty Directory

A key goal of the center is to bring together faculty working on cutting edge research in topics related to healthy aging. Currently, more than 50 faculty across 4 colleges and 14 departments are working in aging research. Please email healthyaging@colostate.edu if you are interested in finding out more about the Center or having your information included on this page.

NameResearch AreaResearch ExpertiseDepartmentCollege
Jianguo ZhaoAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationDesign and control of robotics devicesMechanical EngineeringCollege of Engineering
Stu TobetComparative Aging; Biology and Physiology of AgingStructures in the brain that control neuroendocrine functions; Microbiome and agingSchool of Biomedical EngineeringCollege of Engineering
Zhijie WangAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationCardiovascular biomechanics at different scales (single segment of artery to whole organs including the heart and lungs)Mechanical EngineeringCollege of Engineering
Allyson BrothersCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingPromotion of healthy aging throughout the lifespan; attitudes toward aging and awareness of age-related change; the influence of attitudes toward aging on health, well-being, and health behaviors; rural aging experiencesHuman Development and Family StudiesCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Laura MalininAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationAge-related cognitive decline and enriched environmentsDesign and MerchandisingCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Chris GentileBiology and Physiology of AgingNovel treatments to preserve endothelial function in agingFood Science and Human NutritionCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Sarah JohnsonBiology and Physiology of AgingFunctional foods, cardiovascular disease and post-menopausal womenFood Science and Human NutritionCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Tom LaRoccaComparative Aging; Biology and Physiology of Aging; Cognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingBiological Mechanisms of Aging, Interventions for Increasing HealthspanHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Chris BellBiology and Physiology of AgingDiabetes; control of blood glucose in agingHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Barry BraunBiology and Physiology of AgingEffects of physical activity and pharmacology on prevention and management of type 2 diabetesHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Frank DinennoBiology and Physiology of AgingRegulation of blood flow and how the basic control mechanisms become impaired with aging and diseaseHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Brett FlingCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingNeuromechanics, brain imaging, gait and balance in Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, AgingHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Karyn HamiltonComparative Aging; Biology and Physiology of AgingIntegrative approach to studying age-associated chronic diseases, primarily focused on how to maintain muscle, both skeletal and cardiac, over the lifespanHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Dan LarkBiology and Physiology of AgingThe contribution of secreted extracellular vesicles (i.e., exosomes) to age-related metabolic diseaseHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Heather LeachBiology and Physiology of Aging; Cognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingPhysical activity interventions to minimize recurrence and optimize physical health and well-being in cancer survivorsHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Neha LodhaCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingNeurophysiology and motor skill rehabilitation in stroke and TIAHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Brian TracyCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingExamining the mechanisms that explain neuromuscular decline with aging and the physical functional consequences of the changesHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Allison BielakCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingNormal and pathological cognitive changes in adulthood; influence of lifestyle factors on cognitive aging; intraindividual variability in cognitive speed and how it relates to cognitive ability, health, and possible dementia predictionHuman Development and Family StudiesCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Aga BurzynskaCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingInterconnections between brain structure and function, cognitive functioning, and physical health in older ageHuman Development and Family StudiesCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Manfred DiehlCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingAwareness of age-related change and its role in successful aging; personality development in adulthood and its contribution to successful aging; experience and regulation of emotion in adulthoodHuman Development and Family StudiesCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Christine FruhaufCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingGrandparent and grandchild relationships; grandparents raising grandchildren; GLBT grandparentingHuman Development and Family StudiesCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Gloria LuongCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingSocioemotional dynamics and emotion regulation across the life-span; emotional and physiological stress reactivity and recovery; developmental links between social relationships, emotions, health, and well-beingHuman Development and Family StudiesCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Karen AtlerAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationSatisfaction and meaningfulness of time use and everyday activityOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Anita BundyAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationFitness to drive; everyday time useOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Aaron EakmanAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationMeaningfulness of everyday activity; behavioral (i.e., non-pharmacological) interventions to promote sleepOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Matt MalcolmAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationSelf-management of chronic conditions esp. diabetes in primary care settings. Management of big data sets esp. related to responsiveness to therapeutic interventionsOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Mackenzi PergolottiAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationOccupational therapy interventions for older adults with cancer; policy and management of large data sets esp. related to uptake of therapeutic interventions; disparities in access to health careOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Arlene SchmidAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationComplementary and integrative therapies such as yoga for fall prevention in older adults and people with stroke or other neuro conditions; self-management of chronic conditionsOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Wendy WoodAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationLong term care residential care for dementia; animal-assisted interventions for older adultsOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Eunhee ChoiAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationAging, health, and policy, particularly for older workers and volunteers; research methodology and program evaluation.Social WorkCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Jennifer PortzAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and Rehabilitation Public health, gerontology, and the use of technology interventions with older adults.Social WorkCollege of Health and Human Sciences
James BamburgBiology and Physiology of AgingRole of the actin cytoskeleton in neuronal growth and regeneration, pathfinding, and in neurodegenerative diseases, especially Alzheimer’s diseaseBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Eric RossBiology and Physiology of AgingYeast prions as a model for amyloid diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and transmissible spongiform encephalopathiesBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Michael ThomasCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingSchizophrenia, aging, and dementia; Development of tests to improve the collection and interpretation of cognitive and brain imaging dataPsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Tingting YaoBiology and Physiology of AgingRegulatory mechanisms in DNA repair and gene expression; ubiquitin signaling in macroautophagyBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Shrideep PallickaraAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationCloud computing, distributed systems, content distribution networks, streaming systemsComputer ScienceCollege of Natural Sciences
Jeanette ClevelandCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingUnderstanding self and other age-related perceptions (and also affect and behavior) that influence the decisions, productivity and well-being of (and regarding) middle aged and older workersPsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Deana DavalosCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingUnderstanding the development of time processing abilities over the life span, including older adults, with emphasis on processing time accuratelyPsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Ed DeLoshCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingAging and memory, including effects of physical fitness on age-related declines in memoryPsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Gwen FisherCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingHealth and well-being among older workers; retirement, work ability, and prolonged working life; work/non-work interface, including work/non-work conflict, enhancement, and work/life balance.PsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Matt RhodesCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingUnderstanding individual differences in memory, including the impact of healthy aging on memory functionPsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Silvia Sara CanettoCognitive, Brain, and Behavioral AgingCultural scripts of suicide and hastened death, and the paradox of US older-adult White men's suicide vulnerability. Stereotypes of gender, sexual orientation, and aging.PsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Susan BaileyComparative Aging; Biology and Physiology of AgingRole of chromosomes and telomeres in cancer and other human disease states, tumorigenesis and agingBiomedical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Adam Chicco Biology and Physiology of AgingVarious aspects of heart health and disease from the molecular to systemic levels and relation to agingBiomedical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Frederic HoerndliBiology and Physiology of AgingC. elegans genetics and in vivo microscopy to study synaptic aging and neurodegenerationBiomedical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Seonil KimBiology and Physiology of AgingNeurobiological mechanisms in Aging and Alzheimer’s diseaseBiomedical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Julie MorenoBiology and Physiology of Aging; Comparative AgingCellular stress mechanisms in protein misfolding neurodegenerative diseases and agingEnvironmental and Radiological Health SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Mike TamkunBiology and Physiology of Aging Neuronal response to stroke/ischemia. Cell biology of traumatic brain injuryBiomedical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Susan TsunodaBiology and Physiology of AgingDrosophila genetics to study neurodegenerative disease; Aging and Alzheimer’s diseaseBiomedical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Ron TjalkensBiology and Physiology of AgingNeuroinflammatory mechanisms in neurodegenerative disorders, particularly disorders of the basal ganglia such as manganism and Parkinson’s diseaseEnvironmental and Radiological Health SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Edward HooverBiology and Physiology of AgingPrion biologyMicrobiology, Immunology and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Candace MathiasonComparative Aging; Biology and Physiology of AgingExamining the impact that physical and mental functioning have on the health disparities (e.g., chronic diseases) experienced by older adult Latinos and their caregiversMicrobiology, Immunology and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Kelly SantangeloBiology and Physiology of Aging; Comparative AgingOsteoarthritis, aging, and obesity: Translational analyses that combine therapeutic interventions with molecular mechanisms, advanced imaging, and assessments of mobilityMicrobiology, Immunology and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Glenn TellingBiology and Physiology of AgingMechanism of prion replication, prion species barriers and strain diversity, and the molecular basis of inherited human prion diseasesMicrobiology, Immunology and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Mark ZabelBiology and Physiology of AgingEarly lymphoid system distribution of prions and employs vector systems expressing prion-targeted interfering RNA molecules as therapeutic strategies for prion infectionsMicrobiology, Immunology and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Felix DuerrComparative AgingSmall animal musculoskeletal problems, including arthritis, sports injury treatment and prevention; canine-to-human translational applicationsDepartment of Clinical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Stephanie McGrathComparative AgingSeizure and spinal cord disorders, inflammatory brain diseases; canine-to-human translational applicationsDepartment of Clinical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Nicole EhrhartComparative Aging, Biology and Physiology of AgingTranslational aging, limb preservation, tissue engineering, and sarcoma research; bone and muscle regenerative medicine; canine-to-human translational applicationsDepartment of Clinical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences