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Division of Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Clinical Fellows 2016-2017:

Emma Bjore, MD
Geriatric Fellow

Janna Hardland, MD
Geriatric Fellow

James Libbon, MD
Geriatric Fellow

Geriatric Post-Doctoral Research Fellows 2015-2016:

Kathleen Gavin, PhD
Geriatric Post-Doc Fellow
Kathleen received her B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Syracuse University in 2003 and her M.S. in Integrative Physiology from University of Colorado Boulder in 2005. Kathleen then worked with the IMAGE group as a Professional Research Assistant until 2008 when she returned to school to pursue her doctorate. Kathleen received her Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science in 2012 from East Carolina University. Her dissertation studies investigated the influence of estrogen on metabolic function and body fat distribution in premenopausal women. Currently, Kathleen is a postdoctoral fellow under the co-mentorship of Dr. Wendy Kohrt and Dr. Dwight Klemm (Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine) working on translational studies of fat cell lineage in humans. Her overarching research interest is how the origin of fat cells may play an important role in sex specific body fat distribution and obesity related cardio-metabolic disease risk.

Young-Min Park, PhD
Research Post-Doc Fellow
Young-Min received his B.S. in Sports Science/Physical Education from Sung Kyun Kwan University, Seoul, Korea. He obtained his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University in 2010 and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from University of Missouri in 2015. His dissertation studies investigated the impact of intrinsic aerobic fitness on metabolic function (i.e. insulin sensitivity) in ovariectomized rats. Young-Min is currently a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Rachael Van Pelt working on the physiological/molecular actions of estradiol in postmenopausal women. His overarching research interests is how behavioral (e.g., physical activity and nutritional intervention) and biological (e.g., aging and hormonal changes) factors impact metabolic function, and its molecular mechanism in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue.

Corey Rynders, PhD
Research Post-Doc Fellow
Corey received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Following his graduate work he served for two years as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In January 2015 he resigned his faculty position to start a post-doctoral research fellowship with the IMAGE group under the mentorship of Dr. Wendy Kohrt. Dr. Rynders post-doctoral research will investigate the physiologic mechanisms by which energy imbalance impacts sleep and circadian rhythms with a focus on sex related differences.

Christine Swanson, MD
Research Post-Doc Fellow

Sarah Wherry, PhD
Research Post-Doc Fellow
Sarah earned her PhD in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Wellness from Arizona State University in 2014. She is working as a research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Wendy Kohrt. Sarah’s previous research focused on a multidisciplinary approach (balance, muscular strength/endurance, bone health status) to reduce fall risk and fall-related injury in middle-aged women using commercially-available exergaming technology. Her specific interests are related to molecular and hormonal regulation of bone mass throughout the lifespan, especially in women. Dr. Wherry will be working along with Dr. Kohrt examining the regulation of calcium homeostasis during exercise and its potential implications for skeletal health.