My research is focused on the complications of aging, understanding the mechanisms of successful aging, and implementing interventions to ensure successful aging among persons living with HIV. My current research is investigating the benefits of different intensities of exercise, the impact of adjuvant therapies (i.e., statins), and the role of body composition (muscle, fat) on the physical function of older adults with HIV. Some antiretroviral therapy has been associated with weight gain, and I also study mechanisms and interventions for this weight gain.
More recently, my research has expanded into complications of COVID-19, and I am the site-PI for the RECOVER Study to understand post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV2, co-PI on RECOVER clinical trials for therapeutics to treat chronic complications of COVID-19, in addition to a recently completed R01 supplement to test a rehabilitation intervention following COVID-19.
As an infectious diseases trained physician with expertise in gerontologic principles and epidemiology, I am also dedicated to mentoring the next generation of clinicians and researchers.