Faculty are engaged in a broad range of biobehavioral research exploring the interactions among biological, behavioral, and social factors. Faculty are studying the relationship between stress and cardiovascular responses and researching patterns of respiration and cerebral oxygenation during sleep and their relationship to cognitive decline. In several studies, researchers are exploring the mechanisms that underlie inflammatory disorders such as CVD, diabetes, preeclampsia, and perinatal injury to the brain. Faculty also are studying families’ experiences of living with a genetic condition and the clinical implications of the epigenetics of breast cancer. The School’s Biobehavioral Laboratory provides consultation, equipment, and space to support faculty’s measurement of physiological, biological, and behavioral variables.
Currently funded research studies (studies may be listed in more than one focus area):