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, the Center has more than 80 faculty affiliates across 7 colleges and 25 departments. If you are interested in being a Center for Healthy Aging affiliate faculty member, please fill out this survey, and we will be in touch.

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, Social, 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
Brett FlingCognitive, Social, 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, Social, 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, Social, and Behavioral AgingNeurophysiology and motor skill rehabilitation in stroke and TIAHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Brian TracyCognitive, Social, 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, Social, 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, Social, 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, Social, 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, Social, and Behavioral AgingGrandparent and grandchild relationships; grandparents raising grandchildren; GLBT grandparentingHuman Development and Family StudiesCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Gloria LuongCognitive, Social, 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
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
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
Eunhee ChoiCognitive, Social, and Behavioral AgingAging, health, and policy, particularly for older workers and volunteers; research methodology and program evaluation.Social WorkCollege of Health and Human 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, Social, 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
Deana DavalosCognitive, Social, 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, Social, and Behavioral AgingAging and memory, including effects of physical fitness on age-related declines in memoryPsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Gwen FisherCognitive, Social, 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, Social, and Behavioral AgingUnderstanding individual differences in memory, including the impact of healthy aging on memory functionPsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Silvia Sara CanettoCognitive, Social, 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
Candace MathiasonComparative Aging; Biology and Physiology of AgingPrion pathobiology, pathogenesis, trafficking, and transmission dynamics with emphasis on blood-borne prions and asymptomatic disease stageMicrobiology, 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 applicationsClinical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Stephanie McGrathComparative AgingSeizure and spinal cord disorders, inflammatory brain diseases; canine-to-human translational applicationsClinical 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 applicationsClinical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
David Rojas-RuedaAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationEnvironmental health; climate change; urban and transport planning; epidemiology; public health; community-based participatory research; environmental justice; health equityEnvironmental and Radiological Health SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Maria DelgadoAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationAging in place; housing designDesign and MerchandisingCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Lindsey WilhelmAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationMusic therapy for care partners and aging adults with neurologic conditionsMusic TherapyCollege of Liberal Arts
James GrahamAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationRehabilitation health servicesOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Adela ChenAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationUnderstanding the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) among individuals, including older adults, with emphasis on the impact of technology use in work and non-work domainsComputer Information SystemsCollege of Business
Ray MillerAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationEconomics of caregiving, population aging, the inequality of health and economic well-being among older populations; health policyEconomicsCollege of Liberal Arts
Harry TurtleAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationFinancial decisions of households represented in the Health and Retirement Study and the RAND American Life PanelFinance and Real EstateCollege of Business
Tianyang WangAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationHousehold financial planning strategies for managing
longevity risk; behavior finance
Finance and Real EstateCollege of Business
Katriana PopichakBiology and Physiology of AgingNeurodegenerative disease and neuroimmunologyMicrobiology, Immunology and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Elizabeth RyanBiology and Physiology of AgingFood access, affordability, and availability; Brain fog, forgetfulness, and cognitive function concerns in long-COVID and cancer patientsEnvironmental and Radiological Health SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Greg EbelBiology and Physiology of AgingVirus infection; Nursing home surveillance; Arboviruses; Differential pathology/mortality in older adultsMicrobiology, Immunology and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Marcela Henao TamayoBiology and Physiology of AgingImmune responses to vaccines and infectious diseases; how these responses vary with age and in relation to degenerative disorders and co-morbidities; maternal-fetal immune transferMicrobiology, Immunology and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Thomas KuhnBiology and Physiology of AgingCellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the decline of neuronal integrity and connectivity in aging individuals; natural-product drug developmentBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Jennifer Currin-McCullochCognitive, Social and Behavioral AgingPsychosocial adaptions to serious illness and how people cope at end-of-life; caregiver experiencesSocial WorkCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Stephen AicheleCognitive, Social and Behavioral AgingCognitive epidemiology; Advanced longitudinal modeling and machine learning approaches to risk analysis (for cognitive decline, depression, mortality) in middle-aged and older adults; Cognitive testing for early diagnosisHuman Development and Family StudiesCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Meara FawCognitive, Social and Behavioral AgingPositive communication and intervention strategies for caregivers; community-based experiences to promote healthy aging in people with cognitive impairments and their caregiversCommunication StudiesCollege of Liberal Arts
Kirk McGilvrayComparative AgingDeterioration and/or trauma to the skeletal system and soft tissues; development of advanced materials, techniques, and devices to monitor and aid in the treatment of these conditionsMechanical EngineeringCollege of Engineering
Kelly HallComparative AgingNaturally occurring trauma in dogs as a model to identify markers of injury; therapeutic interventions to improve outcomes in geriatric trauma patientsClinical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Brian ScansenComparative AgingPartner site for the Dog Aging Project; cardiovascular health in animalsClinical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Lisa MorganAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationMovement/dance and Parkinson's diseaseDanceCollege of Liberal Arts
Alan SchenkelBiology & Physiology of AgingPulmonary fibrosis and non-tuberculosis mycobacterial infections in immunocompetent peopleMicrobiology, Immunology and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Lubna TahtamouniBiology & Physiology of AgingPathogenesis of cofilin-actin rods in neurodegenerative diseases; Actin dynamics during migration of breast cancer cellsBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Jeffrey WiluszBiology & Physiology of AgingRNA biology; influence of aging on the cellMicrobiology, Immunology and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Laurie Goodrich
Comparative AgingRegenerative medicine; Effects of age on various biologic therapiesClinical SciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Lise AubryComparative AgingLife history trade-offs and senescence in vertebratesFish, Wildlife, and Conservation BiologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Tony MaciejewskiAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationRehabilitation robotics to aid recovery from injuries; Social robotics for cognitive or emotional supportElectrical and Computer EngineeringCollege of Engineering
Elicia RatajczykAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationEnvironmental social science; sustainable urban infrastructure; Lifelong Homes Initiative Institute for the Built EnvironmentCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Sara LoTemplioCognitive, Social and Behavioral AgingHow spending time outside in nature can influence human cognition and healthHuman Dimensions of Natural ResourcesWarner College of Natural Resources
Josiane BroussardBiology and Physiology of AgingThe role of sleep and circadian physiology in metabolic homeostasis; Modifying behaviors (sleep, exercise and eating) to improve healthHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Tianjian ZhouAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationApplied statistics with a focus on clinical trials, cancer genomics, and infectious diseasesStatisticsCollege of Natural Sciences
Jain KwonAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationNeurodesign for physical and virtual environments; Gaze behaviors in wayfinding; Spatial perception and cognition in healthcare environments; Kinesthetic experience in multisensory settingsDesign and MerchandisingCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Hollis KarolyCognitive, Social, and Behavioral AgingUsing behavioral measures, molecular biology methods, and neuroimaging techniques to understand the causes and consequences of substance use behavior, especially alcohol and cannabis use. PsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Niccole NelsonCognitive, Social, and Behavioral AgingLink between short-term stress and emotion regulation and long-term cognitive, emotional, and physical development in older adultsPsychologyCollege of Natural Sciences
Tiffany WeirBiology and Physiology of AgingDisruptions to the gut microbiome and the development of age-associated chronic diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseaseFood Science and Human NutritionCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Grace BorleeBiology and Physiology of AgingIntergenerational learning in undergraduate STEM education; Arthropod microbiomesMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Alison HermanAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationActivities promoting health, wellness and chronic disease management in adults and older adultsOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Julie Silver SeidleAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationResilience in aging, dementia caregiver experiences, and the role of occupation during and after caregivingOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Laura SwinkAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationCommunity-based programming for people with Parkinson’s disease; Dual-task training for older adultsOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Jen WeaverAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationAddressing rehabilitation outcomes for adults
Occupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Janell PisegnaAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationSupporting older adults in chronic disease management, survivorship and healthy aging, especially with comorbid mental illness; Addressing needs of the rural older adult communityOccupational TherapyCollege of Health and Human Sciences
Jaclyn StephensAge-Friendly Engineering, Design and RehabilitationHow sports-related concussions and acquired brain injuries (e.g., TBI, stroke) increase dementia risk in young and older adultsHealth and Exercise ScienceCollege of Health and Human Sciences