Dr. Elena Volpi
Dr. Elena Volpi
Dr. Volpi is the director of the Sealy Center on Aging. She is also the associate director of the Institute for Translational Sciences and CTSA, and a professor in the departments of Internal Medicine-Geriatrics, Neuroscience and Cell Biology, and Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston. Dr. Volpi currently holds the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine.
She received MD and PhD degrees from the University of Perugia, Italy, where she also completed her residency in Endocrinology and Diabetes. After a post-doctoral fellowship in gerontology and metabolism at UTMB, she became a faculty at the University of Southern California where she stayed for four years before returning to UTMB.
Dr. Volpi is an expert in translational research on sarcopenia and functional recovery in older adults. Her major scientific contributions include discovery of pathways of muscle loss, and identification and testing of novel nutritional, exercise and pharmacological treatments to improve muscle metabolism and function in elders. She has published more than 130 papers in peer reviewed journals and has been continuously funded as principal investigator by the NIH since the year 2000. Starting in 2010 she has been the PI and director of the UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. She has also received funding from foundations and industry. Dr. Volpi has mentored a number of successful young scientists and has participated in national and international review sections, consensus panels, and editorial boards. Dr. Volpi currently chairs the NIH Aging Systems and Geriatric study section, co-chairs the national Lifespan Domain Task Force Aging Workgroup and is an associate editor of the scientific journal Clinical Nutrition. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the European Society of Clinical Nutrition.