Dr. Serra has a broad background in nutrition, obesity, and exercise physiology. Her academic interests focus on the clinical application of nutrition and exercise as interdisciplinary sciences in the prevention and treatment of obesity, chronic disease, and disability in older adults. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Baltimore VA, she investigated physical function, quality of life, and muscle metabolism following exercise training in breast cancer survivors. Currently, she is funded by a VA career development award to examine the effects of treadmill rehabilitation and nutritional modification on metabolic flexibility in skeletal muscle and systemic oxidative stress in chronic stroke survivors. The long-term goal of her research is to better understand the mechanisms by which lifestyle interventions, such as exercise training and nutritional modification, improve muscle and physical function and reduce metabolic risk in older adults.

Research Interests:

  • Obesity and Body Fat Distribution
  • Functional and Strength Declines Associated with Aging
  • Sarcopenia/Muscle Atrophy
  • Inflammation and Proteolysis
  • Nutritional and Exercise Rehabilitation

List of publications:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/monica.serra.1/bibliography/47870251/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

Phone: (404) 321-6111 x 5047
Email: mserra@emory.edu


Title(s)/Position(s):

Research Health Scientist (Atlanta VA CVNR & Birmingham/Atlanta VA GRECC)
Assistant Professor (Emory University School of Medicine, Section of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology)