About

Dr. Pak is an Assistant Professor, tenure track, and completed her undergraduate, graduate (MS, MTR), and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. She conducted post-doctoral research in Sleep Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at Perelman School of Medicine. Her overall research is focused on disturbed sleep as a predictor of adverse health outcomes. Dr. Pak has expertise in sleep medicine, biomarkers, and translational research. Her work has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Obesity-Nature (London), Sleep Medicine Reviews, and SLEEP.

Dr. Pak holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor of epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the research committee, co-coordinator of the undergraduate Honors program, an advisory board member for the Emory University Sleep Consortium, and lead of the Emory University Sleep, Life-course, and diverse settings working group.

Areas of Expertise

Sleep Medicine

Translational Research

Occupational and Environmental Health

Biomarkers

Genetics

Metabolomics

Publications

Pak, V.M., Maislin, D.G., Keenan, B.T., Townsend, R., Benediksdottir, B., Dunbar, S., Pack, A.I., Gislason, T., Kuna, S.T. (2021). Sleep and Breathing. Changes in sleepiness and 24-h blood pressure following 4 months of CPAP treatment are not mediated by ICAM-1. PMID: 33404963 DOI:10.1007/s11325-020-02257-0

Pak, V.M., Butts, B., Hertzberg, V., Collop, N., Quyyumi, A., Cox, J., Rogers, A., Dunbar S. (2020). Daytime Sleepiness Predicts Inflammation and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Sleep Apnea. ERJ Open Research. 6(4). doi: 10.1183/23120541.00310-2019.

Pak, V.M., Onen, H., Bliwise, D., Kutner, N., Russell, K., Onen, F. (2020). Sleep disturbances in MCI and AD: Neuroinflammation as a possible mediating pathway. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2020.00069

Pak, V.M., Mazzoti, D., Keenan, B., Hirotsu, C., Gehrman, P., Bittencourt L., Pack, A.,Tufik, S. Candidate Gene Analysis in the São Paulo Epidemiologic Sleep Study (EPISONO) Shows an Association of Variant in PDE4D and Sleepiness. (2018). Sleep Medicine. 47, 106-112. PMID: 29783161.

Pak, V.M., Dai, F., Keenan, B., Gooneratne, N., Pack, A. (2018) “Lower Plasma Choline Levels are Associated with Sleepiness Symptoms.” Sleep Medicine, 44, 89-96.

Pak, V.M., Onen, S., Gooneratne, N., Fallisard, B., Onen, F. (2017). Observation and Interview-based Diurnal Sleepiness Inventory for measurement of sleepiness in older adults. Nature and Science of Sleep: 9, 241-24.

Pak, VM., Keenan, B. Jackson, N., Grandner, M. et al., Pack, A. (2014). Adhesion Molecule Increases in Sleep Apnea: Beneficial Effect of Positive Airway Pressure and Moderation by Obesity. International Journal of Obesity. Jul 21. 39(3):472-9.

Pak, VM., Grandner, M., Pack, A. (2013). Circulating Adhesion Molecules in Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease. Sleep Medicine Reviews.18(1):25-34.

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