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Division of Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Clinical Fellows 2015-2016:

Kristin Anderson, MD
Geriatric Fellow

Brittany Sphar, 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.

Cemal Ozemek, PhD
Research Post-Doc Fellow
Cemal received his PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Ball State University and is now a postdoctoral fellow working under the direction of Dr. Kerrie Moreau. Much of Cemal’s previous research experience has involved studying the physiological effects of exercise in cardiac patients as well as investigating the role of physical activity in the prevention of chronic diseases. Drs. Ozemek and Moreau will work together to investigate the effects of estrogen and oxidative stress on vascular and cardiac function.

Young-Min Park, PhD
Research Post-Doc Fellow

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.