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Elena Volpi

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Elena Volpi

Professor, Geriatric Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
muscle loss and aging
physical frailty in older adults
human metabolism
geriatric medicine


Dr. Elena Volpi is a professor of geriatric medicine and holds the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She also is director of the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory at the Sealy Center on Aging. Volpi is an endocrinologist, a gerontologist and an expert in human metabolism. Her research on muscle metabolism in aging dates back to 1996. Her current major research program examines the role of insulin resistance in the development of muscle loss with aging (sarcopenia) and physical frailty in older adults. Volpi received her degrees from the University of Perugia in Italy, where she also did a residency in endocrinology. Volpi came to UTMB as a postdoctoral fellow in 1996 and joined the geriatric medicine faculty in 1998, then joined the University of Southern California faculty in 2000. She returned to UTMB in 2004.

301 University Blvd.
Galveston  Texas  77555
United States
Office Phone: 
(409) 772-1977
Office Fax: 
(409) 747-3585


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