Jeanne’s current major research interests include elucidating the effects of age on the brain, heart, vasculature and how cardiovascular changes affect cognition. She is interested in innovating cost effective care in frail elders, including ways to enhance cognitive resilience. She has received NIH research funding for over 35 years.
Dr. Gohar Azhar’s aging cardiovascular research interests include investigating transcriptional control of the aging heart and physiological evaluation of stress responses of the aging cardiovascular system. Dr. Azhar was co-investigator on the NIH/NIA project titled “Transcription Regulation in the Aging Heart”. She is also P.l. on an STTR, titled, “Nutritional Therapy in Elderly with Heart Failure”, phase I on which was recently completed. In addition, she is collaborating on grants with investigators within the RIOA, across campus and at the Nutrition Center at the Arkansas Children’s hospital.
Dr. Xiaomin Zhang is experienced in molecular biology, transgenesis and the genetic aspects of disease and aging. Dr. Zhang’s main research interests include the transcriptional regulation of gene expression during aging and senescence, and the mechanisms underlying age-related changes in the heart and skeletal muscle. He is also interested in using molecular biology approaches to generate mouse models that resemble certain aspects of aging, and using these models to enhance our understanding the mechanism of aging and senescence.