Dr. Buford is an Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Medicine and Associate Director of the UAB Nathan Shock Center and the Center for Exercise Medicine. Dr. Buford has also been honored as a named Fellow within the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association, and the Gerontological Society of America.
Thomas W. Buford, PhD
Liliana Baptista, PhD
A native of Portugal, Dr. Baptista completed her doctorate in Sport Sciences at the University of Coimbra. During her PhD work, she earned the Early Career Researcher award by the International Society of Exercise Immunology. Her research interests focus on how exercise and/ or medications can improve physical function during late-life.
Lisa Roberts, PhD
Dr. Roberts earned her doctorate from the University of Florida in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. Her research interests are exercise intervention in older adults with cardiovascular disease. She is also a trainee on the NIH-funded MERIT program focused on expanding teaching experiences with students from underrepresented groups.
Christy Carter, PhD
Dr. Carter is an Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Medicine, Investigator in the UAB Evelyn McKnight Brain Institute and co-Leader of the UAB Nathan Shock Center Research Enhancement Core. Dr. Carter is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and an active member of the American Aging Association (AGE).
Sara Harper, PhD
A native from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Harper earned her doctorate degree in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University. She is currently a funded T32 trainee in the Interdisciplinary Training in Pathobiology and Rehabilitation Medicine Program. Dr. Harper helps to lead the ACE-inhibitors Combined with Exercise for hypertensive Seniors (ACES) trial.
Yi Sun, PhD
Dr. Yi Sun is originally from China, where she received her bachelor degree in Sports Science from Beijing Sport University. She then obtained her doctorate from the University of Illinois. Dr. Sun is currently working on pre-clinical studies evaluating the effects of pharmacologic activation of the ACE2/Ang (1-7) axis and physical exercise in late life.