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 in 11 departments across 3 colleges are working in aging research. Please email healthyaging@colostate.edu if you are interested in finding out more about the center and in having your information included on this page.

College of Engineering

Name Department Research Expertise
Jiangao Zhao Mechanical Engineering Design and control of robotics devices
Stu Tobet School of Biomedical Engineering Structures in the brain that control neuroendocrine functions; Microbiome and aging
Zhijie Wang Mechanical Engineering Cardiovascular biomechanics at different scales (single segment of artery to whole organs including the heart and lungs)

College of Health and Human Sciences

Name Department Research Expertise
Laura Malinin Design and Merchandising Age-related cognitive decline and enriched environments
Chris Gentile Food Science and Human Nutrition Novel treatments to preserve endothelial function in aging
Sarah Johnson Food Science and Human Nutrition Functional foods, cardiovascular disease and post-menopausal women
Mike Pagliassotti Food Science and Human Nutrition Aging and Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, novel treatments
Chris Bell Health and Exercise Science Diabetes; control of blood glucose in aging
Barry Braun Health and Exercise Science Effects of physical activity and pharmacology on prevention and management of type 2 diabetes
Frank Dinenno Health and Exercise Science Regulation of blood flow and how the basic control mechanisms become impaired with aging and disease
Brett Fling Health and Exercise Science Neuromechanics, brain imaging, gait and balance in Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Aging
Karyn Hamilton Health and Exercise Science Integrative approach to studying age-associated chronic diseases, primarily focused on how to maintain muscle, both skeletal and cardiac, over the lifespan
Dan Lark Health and Exercise Science The contribution of secreted extracellular vesicles (i.e., exosomes) to age-related metabolic disease
Heather Leach Health and Exercise Science Physical activity interventions to minimize recurrence and optimize physical health and well-being in cancer survivors
Neha Lodha Health and Exercise Science Neurophysiology and motor skill rehabilitation in stroke and TIA
Brian Tracy Health and Exercise Science Examining the mechanisms that explain neuromuscular decline with aging and the physical functional consequences of the changes
Allison Bielak Human Development and Family Studies Normal 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 prediction
Aga Burzynska Human Development and Family Studies Interconnections between brain structure and function, cognitive functioning, and physical health in older age
Manfred Diehl Human Development and Family Studies Awareness 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 adulthood
Christine Fruhauf Human Development and Family Studies Grandparent and grandchild relationships; grandparents raising grandchildren; GLBT grandparenting
Gloria Luong Human Development and Family Studies Socioemotional dynamics and emotion regulation across the life-span; emotional and physiological stress reactivity and recovery; developmental links between social relationships, emotions, health, and well-being
Karen Atler Occupational Therapy Satisfaction and meaningfulness of time use and everyday activity
Anita Bundy Occupational Therapy Fitness to drive; everyday time use
Aaron Eakman Occupational Therapy Meaningfulness of everyday activity; behavioral (i.e., non-pharmacological) interventions to promote sleep
Matt Malcolm Occupational Therapy Self-management of chronic conditions esp. diabetes in primary care settings. Management of big data sets esp. related to responsiveness to therapeutic interventions
Mackenzi Pergolotti Occupational Therapy Occupational 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 care
Pat Sample Occupational Therapy Reflections of wise elders
Arlene Schmid Occupational Therapy Complementary and integrative therapies such as yoga for fall prevention in older adults and people with stroke or other neuro conditions; self-management of chronic conditions
Wendy Wood Occupational Therapy Long term care residential care for dementia; animal-assisted interventions for older adults
Eunhee Choi Social Work Aging, health, and policy, particularly for older workers and volunteers; research methodology and program evaluation.
Jennifer Portz Social Work Public health, gerontology, and the use of technology interventions with older adults.

College of Natural Sciences

Name Department Research Expertise
James Bamberg Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Role of the actin cytoskeleton in neuronal growth and regeneration, pathfinding, and in neurodegenerative diseases, especially Alzheimer’s disease
Robert Cohen Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ubiquitin homeostasis and dynamics in response to cell stress and aging; ubiquitin signaling in macroautophagy
Eric Ross Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Yeast prions as a model for amyloid diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
Tingting Yao Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Regulatory mechanisms in DNA repair and gene expression; ubiquitin signaling in macroautophagy
Shrideep Pallickara Computer Science Cloud computing, distributed systems, content distribution networks, streaming systems
Evelinn Borrayo Psychology Examining the impact that physical and mental functioning have on the health disparities (e.g., chronic diseases) experienced by older adult Latinos and their caregivers
Jeanette Cleveland Psychology Understanding 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 workers
Deana Davalos Psychology Understanding the development of time processing abilities over the life span, including older adults, with emphasis on processing time accurately
Ed DeLosh Psychology Aging and memory, including effects of physical fitness on age-related declines in memory
Gwen Fisher Psychology Health 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.
Kurt Kraiger Psychology Understanding age-related deficits in learning and accommodating older adults in computer-based training on the job
Matt Rhodes Psychology Understanding individual differences in memory, including the impact of healthy aging on memory function

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Name Department Research Expertise
Susan Bailey Biomedical Sciences Role of chromosomes and telomeres in cancer and other human disease states, tumorigenesis and aging
Adam Chicco Biomedical Sciences Various aspects of heart health and disease from the molecular to systemic levels and relation to aging
Frederic Hoerndli Biomedical Sciences C. elegans genetics and in vivo microscopy to study synaptic aging and neurodegeneration
Seonil Kim Biomedical Sciences Neurobiological mechanisms in Aging and Alzheimer’s disease
Julie Moreno Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Cellular stress mechanisms in protein misfolding neurodegenerative diseases and aging
Mike Tamkun Biomedical Sciences Neuronal response to stroke/ischemia. Cell biology of traumatic brain injury
Susan Tsunoda Biomedical Sciences Drosophila genetics to study neurodegenerative disease; Aging and Alzheimer’s disease
Ron Tjalkens Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences Neuroinflammatory mechanisms in neurodegenerative disorders, particularly disorders of the basal ganglia such as manganism and Parkinson’s disease
Edward Hoover Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Prion biology
Candace Mathiason Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Examining the impact that physical and mental functioning have on the health disparities (e.g., chronic diseases) experienced by older adult Latinos and their caregivers
Kelly Santangelo Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Osteoarthritis, aging, and obesity: Translational analyses that combine therapeutic interventions with molecular mechanisms, advanced imaging, and assessments of mobility
Glenn Telling Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Mechanism of prion replication, prion species barriers and strain diversity, and the molecular basis of inherited human prion diseases
Mark Zabel Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Early lymphoid system distribution of prions and employs vector systems expressing prion-targeted interfering RNA molecules as therapeutic strategies for prion infections