Faculty

Interim Department Chair

Charles E Wood

Charles E Wood

PROFESSOR & CHAIR
Department: MD-PHYSIOLOGY FUNCTIONAL GENOM
Phone: (352) 294-5064
Email: woodc@ufl.edu
Publications:
Grants:
  • Apr 2017 – Mar 2020
    Therapeutic use of dichloroacetate in treatment of perinatal mitochondrial deficiency and cardiac dysfunction
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Co-Investigator
  • Dec 2016 ACTIVE
    Effects of maternal cortisol on perinatal cardiac metabolism and function
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Co-Investigator
  • Feb 2016 – Jan 2019
    Modeling the Fetal Microbiome
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2013 – Jun 2020
    DSR Matchng Support-Multidisciplinary Training Program in Hypertension -pj 104297
    UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2013 – Jun 2020
    Multidisciplinary Training Program in Hypertension
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Principal Investigator
  • Nov 2012 – Nov 2019
    EIJI Research Fund
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Feb 2012 – Jan 2019
    Fetal Cardiovascular and Endocrine Reflex Responses
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2011 – Feb 2020
    Corpus Luteal Contribution to Maternal Pregnancy Physiology and Outcomes in ART
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Project Manager
  • Sep 2010 – Dec 2020
    Physiology New Techniques
    **UF FOU UNRESTRICTED DONATION · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2010 – May 2016
    Short-Term Training in Biomedical Research for Under-Represented Minorities
    NATL INST OF HLTH · Principal Investigator
  • Dec 2008 – Dec 2015
    Effects of Maternal Cortisol on Fetal and Neonatal Growth and Metabolism.
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Project Manager
  • Feb 2006 – Jan 2021
    Cade Professorship
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator

Department Faculty

Stephen Anton

Stephen Anton Ph.D.

Professor And Chief, Division Of Clinical Research
Department: MD-AGING-CLINICAL RESEARCH
Phone: (352) 273-7514
Sudeshna A Chatterjee

Sudeshna A Chatterjee

Assistant Scientist
Department: MD-AGING-CLINICAL RESEARCH
Phone: (352) 273-6859

I am a clinician-scientist studying how the brain contributes to the control of walking and how the contributions change due to aging and neurological disorders such as stroke.

David J Clark

David J Clark Sc.D.

Associate Professor
Department: MD-AGING-CLINICAL RESEARCH
Phone: (352) 376-1611

My research focuses on enhancing walking function in people with neurological impairments, particularly older adults and people post-stroke. Ongoing studies involve neurorehabilitation, neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, electrophysiology, and biomechanics. Grant funding listed below includes only projects administered by UF. For a full listing (including funding from the US Dept of Veterans Affairs) please see the attached curriculum vitae. Publications from my lab group are available at the following links for Pubmed and Google Scholar.

Sung Min M Han

Sung Min M Han Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-BIOLOGY OF AGING
Phone: (352) 273-5682
Email: han.s@ufl.edu

Neurons extend axons and form synapses to communicate with distant cells. These unique structures are susceptible to damage from pathological or physiological stresses. Despite their delicate structure, most neurons are not replaced, and so they must be maintained throughout the life of the animal. My long-term research goal is to understand how the nervous system maintains its function and integrity during aging. In particular, my current goal is to identify mechanisms that regulate the location and function of the mitochondria in two key neuronal conditions: injury (the regulation of axon regeneration) and maintenance (preserving normal synaptic function). In response to a range of conditions, neurons transport and position mitochondria at distinct subcellular sites within axons and synapses. Incorrect mitochondrial localization in neurons can result in functional deficits, failure of axon regeneration, and neurodegeneration. However, the mechanisms that regulate mitochondrial localization, and how mitochondrial subcellular localization supports specific neuronal functions are incompletely understood.

My specific goals are:

1) Investigate how aging neurons regulates mitochondrial dynamics in response to local demand and injury; 2) Elucidate how mitochondria control nuclear gene expression in aging neurons; 3) Discover how aging neurons maintain mitochondrial function at synapses.

Over the long term, I believe that these approaches will result in a new understanding of the mechanisms that maintain optimal function of the nervous system during aging by regulating mitochondrial function in aging/stressed neurons. My lab’s findings will provide better insight into novel therapeutic approaches to restore neuronal functional after nerve injury that can cause permanent loss of motility and disability.

Christopher N Kaufmann

Christopher N Kaufmann

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-AGING-CLINICAL RESEARCH
Phone: (352) 294-5800

Dr. Kaufmann is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Data Science in Gerontology within the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is a public health researcher with interests at the intersection of aging, sleep, and health services research. His research focuses on using epidemiologic data to identify patterns in use of health services for sleep disorders among older adults and examining how such patterns affect trajectories of aging (e.g., cognitive decline and neurodegeneration) across the life course.

Christiaan Leeuwenburgh

Christiaan Leeuwenburgh Ph.D.

Professor & Chief, Division Of Biology Of Aging
Department: MD-AGING/ GERIATRIC RES-OTHER
Phone: (352) 273-5735

Christiaan Leeuwenburgh received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne in 1995 where his doctoral work focused on the regulation of glutathione homeostasis during chronic glutathione deficiencies and/or supplementation. He completed postdoctoral studies in Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and Division of Atherosclerosis, Nutrition and Lipid Research at Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis. He became an Assistant Professor in 1998 at the University of Florida and the Director of the Biochemistry of Aging Laboratory. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002, Professor in 2007. In 2005 he joined the newly created Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, College of Medicine and Institute on Aging at the University of Florida. He is the Chief of the Division of Biology of Aging for the Department. Dr. Leeuwenburgh has joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a member of the department’s doctoral research faculty of the College of Medicine. Dr. Leeuwenburgh’s major research focus is to understand the molecular mechanism of oxidative stress and apoptosis with age in rodent models. The biochemistry of aging laboratory utilizes several animal models of aging. He is conducting research on the role of apoptosis in the loss of human skeletal muscle with age and it’s role in human frailty. He has participated in NIH workshops focused on the biology of aging and geriatric research of the National Institute on Aging. He has published papers in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, American Journal of Physiology and Science. He reviews regularly for numerous journals including American Journal of Physiology, Experimental Gerontology, Biogerontology, and the Journal of Gerontology and is a section editor for the Journal of Experimental Gerontology. In 2004 he received the Nathan Shock Award from the National Institute on Aging. He received the Merck Geriatric Cardiology Research Award from the Society of Geriatric Cardiology in 1999; the National Research Service Award of the NIH from the National Institute on Aging in 1997 and 1998; a Young Investigator Award from the Oxygen Society in 1996; and held an American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the Illinois Affiliate from 1993 through 1995. His work on assessment of oxidative damage in aging and apoptosis has been increasingly recognized and appreciated by gerontologists worldwide.

Research Summary:

Christiaan Leeuwenburgh’s major research focus is to understand the molecular mechanism of oxidative stress and apoptosis with age. His laboratory utilizes short and long lived animal models of aging. He is a pioneer in conducting research on the role of apoptosis in the loss of heart and skeletal muscle function with age.

Todd Manini

Todd Manini Ph.D.

Professor; Chief, Division Of EDGE
Department: MD-AGING-CLINICAL RESEARCH
Phone: (352) 273-5914

Dr. Manini is a Professor at UF’s College of Medicine in the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research. He is the Chief of the newly formed Division of Epidemiology and Data science in Gerontology (EDGE) and leads the Data Science and Applied Technology Core at the UF Claude D. Pepper Older American’s Independence Center. He is recognized for his work on the sarcopenia and dynapenia, frailty, activity epidemiology, and energy metabolism specifically focused in older adults. Recently, he has gained considerable recognition for his team science work on wearable mobile technology (e.g. smart watches) that will allow an unprecedented understanding of the exposome—environmental and behavioral exposures in the free-living world— and their impact on geriatric syndromes. He currently receives or has received support from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging to conduct this work. At an international level, he has fellow status at two societies: The American College of Sports Medicine and The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). He is the Chair of the American College of Sports Medicine Strategic Health Initiative on Aging and he carried this leadership to the GSA where he served as the Co-Chair of the Measurement, Statistics, and Research Design (MSRD) Interest Group. He was a steering committee member of the Sarcopenia Definition and Outcomes Consortium that provided unprecedent new knowledge for defining sarcopenia for clinical use. He was also honored with being a standing member on NIH’s Center for Scientific Review as part of the Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology (NAME) Study Section. Lastly, he is serving as an Associated Editor of the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences since 2020. He is an active mentor and teacher that strives to provide opportunities for the next generation of scientists. He was awarded in 2011 with the UF College of Medicine Exemplary Teachers Award and in 2018 he was recognized as a Master Mentor. He also graduated from the inaugural class of the UF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Academy of Research Excellence which emphasizes rigor and reproducibility. He is the principal investigator of a new National Institute on Aging training program called TRAM— Translational Research on Aging and Mobility. The training program is centered on mentoring trainees on translational research to preserve mobility in late-life. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and trying to being a great father to his son and daughter. He is a perpetual learner always keeping busy not only as a scientist, but a handyman, devoted podcast listener, avid disc golfer, ball golfer, chess and billiards player, soccer coach, and Minecraft gamer.

Robert Mankowski

Robert Mankowski Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-AGING-CLINICAL RESEARCH
Phone: (352) 294-5055
Mamoun Mardini

Mamoun Mardini Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-AGING-CLINICAL RESEARCH
Phone: (352) 273-8962
Research Summary:

Data Science, Wearables, health informatics, Digital phenotyping

Marco Pahor

Marco Pahor M.D.

Professor & Director, Institute On Aging
Department: MD-AGING / GERIATRIC RESEARCH
Phone: (352) 294-5800

MARCO PAHOR, M.D., is the director of the University of Florida Institute on Aging .

Pahor is an internationally recognized expert on population-based studies, clinical trials and multidisciplinary translational research in the fields of aging, disability and cardiovascular disease.

An experienced geriatrician and epidemiologist, Pahor has an excellent publication record, having authored or co-authored more than 450 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals, which have been cited by other researchers more than 5,0000 times. He has an extensive portfolio of grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies, and is a leader in research and education, serving as director of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and of the faculty mentoring program of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Before coming to UF in 2005, Pahor held a number of positions at Wake Forest University, including director of the Sticht Center on Aging, deputy associate dean of the office of research and head of the section on gerontology and geriatrics. His previous academic appointments were at the University of Tennessee, the National Institutes of Health, the University of Florence, Italy, and the Catholic University in Rome, where he also earned his medical degree and completed residency.

Pahor is on the Physical Exercise Task Force and the Aging Clinical Trials Advisory Panel of the National Institute on Aging. He has served as an editor for a number of academic journals, including Aging, Clinical and Experimental Research, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences and the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging. He has served on numerous NIH grant and program review panels.

Yi Sheng

Yi Sheng

Research Assistant Scientist
Department: MD-BIOLOGY OF AGING
Phone: (352) 215-0025
Research Summary:

I am working on the mechanism underlying aging with the C. elegans model, which can provide more knowledge for the aging of human beings.

Kimberly Sibille

Kimberly Sibille Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Professor; Director, Pain TRAIL
Department: MD-AGING-CLINICAL RESEARCH
Phone: (352) 294-5846

Employment and Training

Dr. Sibille is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aging & Geriatric Research and the Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine in the College of Medicine. She is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) and the School of Advanced Dental Sciences (SADS), College of Dentistry.

Dr. Sibille earned a doctoral degree in Psychology/Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology from Fielding Graduate University and completed post-doctoral training in Clinical and Translational Pain Research through the UF Comprehensive Center for Pain Research. Her research efforts benefit from her background in exercise science; graduate training in Counselor Education; over fifteen years of clinical practice in diverse healthcare settings; and experiences teaching and training healthcare professionals, graduate students, and medical and dental residents.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Sibille received the 2017-2018 College of Medicine’s University of Florida Term Professorship and the 2017 University of Florida Research Excellence Award for Assistant Professors. She is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). Previous research funding has been awarded from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the 2014 American Pain Society Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grant; the 2014 UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Patient-Oriented Pilot Award; the 2012 International Association for the Study of Pain Grant funded by Scan/Design by the Inger & Jens Bruun Foundation; the 2012 UF CTSI KL2 Scholar and Institute on Aging Pepper Junior Scholar Award; and the 2010 American Pain Society Future Leaders in Pain Research Award.

Research Summary:

Inspired by experiences working in healthcare, research from my lab focuses on bridging the biomedical and psychosocial chasm in chronic pain. Chronic pain is a major public health issue with significant functional and financial consequences affecting individuals, the community, and the healthcare system. Even more concerning, the consequences of chronic pain extend beyond disability and decreased quality of life to include an increased incidence of morbidity and mortality. Research investigation and clinical management of chronic pain is difficult due to significant individual variability and the lack of biological indices with which to evaluate risk and protective factors, progression, and treatment response.

Our scientific pursuits are specific to investigating the interactive influences of biological, psychosocial, cognitive, and behavioral factors associated with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal chronic pain conditions with an emphasis on stress, aging, health disparities, and resilience. The intentions underlying our investigations are to 1) elucidate biological measures reflecting the stress-related biological burden resulting from chronic pain conditions; 2) delineate resilience and vulnerability factors for prevention and treatment; and 3) identify biobehavioral strategies to optimize chronic pain treatment interventions. The overarching goals of our efforts are to contribute to the research and medical community by improving the understanding of the biological interface of chronic pain and associated stressors, to formulate a clinical composite for assessing and evaluating treatment interventions, and to identify strategies and targets to prevent, reduce or ameliorate chronic pain.

https://aging.ufl.edu/research/the-pain-TRAIL/

Shinichi Someya

Shinichi Someya Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Director, Graduate Program
Department: MD-BIOLOGY OF AGING
Phone: (352) 294-5167

I am a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. I received my BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and received my PhD from the University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan) in 2005. I then pursued my postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Tomas Prolla in the Department of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin (2005-2011). I joined the faculty in the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research at the University of Florida as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in June of 2011 and was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in July of 2016.

I have extensive experience (17~ years) in auditory neuroscience, aging and oxidative stress. Up to this point, I have published 47 peer-reviewed research papers and 6 chapter books, and of these, I have several publications in top journals such as Cell, Science, Molecular Cell, PNAS, and Journal of Neuroscience. My research focuses on understanding cochlear aging and gender differences in hearing. Currently, my research is supported by 3 NIH RO1, 1 NIH P30, and American Cancer Society grants.

At the University of Florida, I currently direct six graduate courses: GMS 6486 Biology of Aging (fall/spring/summer), SPA5102 Auditory Anatomy and Physiology (fall), SPA6581 Anatomy and Physiology of Balance (fall), SPA6581 Auditory Pharmacology (summer), and SPA6564 Communication and Aging (spring). I also teach 5 graduate courses as a lecturer, including GMS 6893 Clinical and Translational Science Institute Student Seminar (fall), GMS 6622 Mitochondrial Biology in Aging and Disease (fall), and GMS6070 Sensory Biology (spring). In my courses, I take a student-centered and interactive approach. I encourage students to participate actively.

A large part of my teaching effort is dedicated to mentoring students. I have served or currently serve as a committee member and/or mentor for 8 doctoral students and 18 undergraduate students. Up to this point, five graduate students have completed their PhD program: Mi-Jung Kim (August 2018; Role: Chair), Karessa White (Graduation date: August 2017; Role: Chair), Angela Fulbright, PhD (Graduation date: June 2016; Role: Co-Chair), and Dalian Ding, PhD (Graduation date: February 2015; Role: Co-Chair). I truly enjoy mentoring, interacting with the students in the lab, and sharing my research questions and ideas with them.

Research Summary:

Someya Lab

http://someyalab.aging.ufl.edu/about-someya-lab/

Stephanie Wohlgemuth

Stephanie Wohlgemuth Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Department: MD-BIOLOGY OF AGING
Phone: (352) 273-5734

I have been trained and have worked as a comparative physiologist with a focused on metabolic and cellular responses to environmental stress, disease and aging in a variety of species, ranging from marine annelid worms and freshwater fishes to rodents, humans and large mammals. My research expertise spans from whole animal experiments to subcellular organelle isolation and functional assessment to biochemical methodology. My teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in general and developmental biology and graduate courses in muscle physiology, mitochondrial biology, and aging biology. I have worked in leadership positions in physiology laboratories for over 15 years, and have supervised, mentored and trained over 36 undergraduate students, 2 graduate students as direct supervisor and committee chair, as well as 13 graduate students as committee member, and technicians and postdoctoral scientists. I received my Master of Science and Ph.D. Degrees from the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany, where I conducted my graduate research in the Institute of Zoophysiology under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Manfred Grieshaber. My area of research included comparative animal physiology and biochemistry, specifically the biochemical and physiological adaptations of marine invertebrate metabolism to environmental stress. I concluded my time at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf with postdoctoral research in the Institute of Zoophysiology, performing direct and indirect calorimetry on marine invertebrates exposed to hypoxia and hydrogen sulfide, and in the Institute of Genetics (PI Dr. Kimberley Henkle-Duehrsen), investigating the expression of Glutathione-S-Transferase proteins in C. elegans in response to oxidative stress. Subsequently, I continued my studies at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University, California, under the mentorship of Dr. Alissa Arp, on cellular responses of marine invertebrates to hydrogen sulfide exposure, using electron microscopy investigations of the body wall musculature of a marine invertebrate to examine hydrogen sulfide-induced formation of autophagic vacuoles. I then joined Dr. Christiaan Leeuwenburgh in the Biology of Aging Laboratory at the University of Florida, studying mitochondrial biology and autophagy in mammalian tissues, and the effects of pro-healthy-aging interventions such as calorie restriction, nutraceuticals and exercise. I expanded my research further and studied the effect of aging and external and endogenous stress on cellular physiology of large mammals, such as equine, cattle and sheep, with specific focus on mitochondrial biology and cellular quality control mechanisms. I have been a co-investigator on several federally funded projects investigating effects of maternal stress on mitochondrial function in the fetal heart and diaphragm using a sheep model (NIH, R21 and R01, PI: Dr. Keller-Wood); effect of mitochondrial function on muscle to meat conversion in different cattle breeds (USDA, PI: Dr. Scheffler), and effect of Resveratrol administration on leg muscle mitochondrial function in elderly humans (NIH, R01, PI: Dr. Anton). Recently, I established the Respirometry Core as part of the Metabolism and Translational Science Core at the Institute on Aging, in UF’s College of Medicine.

Rui Xiao

Rui Xiao Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department: MD-BIOLOGY OF AGING
Phone: (352) 273-9389
Email: rxiao@ufl.edu