Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Primary Phone: 967-838-6850
Secondary Phone: 165-450-1979
I have a K01 from the NIH aimed at studying the molecular epidemiology of physical function in older adults. Specifically, my current research interests are to develop a program dedicated to understanding the biological causes of age-related declines in physical function and to uncover novel therapeutic targets (primarily related to skeletal muscle aging) to preserve physical function, prevent disability and prolong years of active life expectancy in older adults. Maintaining the independence of older adults is an extremely important and growing public health challenge and the long-term goal of my research is to develop novel interventions to improve or prevent age-related declines in physical function and disability. I am expanding these interests to include the investigation of DNA, RNA and protein-based biomarkers for physical function. Preliminary results of the K01 have also lead to an interest in systemic and skeletal muscle fibrosis and its affect on physical function in older adults.
We also have been following a cohort of African-Caribbean men for over 20 years and I am to expand the research I have been conducting in US-based cohorts to this population.
2008 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | BS, Health Information Management
2010 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | MPH, Epidemiology
2013| University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA | PhD, Epidemiology
Full bibliography: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/adam.santanasto.1/bibliography/public/