Dr. Pak conducted post-doctoral research in Sleep Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Pak’s overall research is focused on disturbed sleep as a predictor of adverse health outcomes. She 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.
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 Interest
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- Microbiome Research
- Sleep Epidemiology
- Undergraduate 2005, University of Pennsylvania
- MS/PhD 2011, University of Pennsylvania
- MTR (Translational) 2016, University of Pennsylvania
- Pak, V.M.,Maislin, D.G., Keenan, B.T., Townsend, R., Benediksdottir, B., Dunbar, S.,Pack, A.I., Gislason, T., Kuna, S.T. , 2021, Changes in sleepiness and 24-h blood pressure following 4months of CPAP treatment are not mediated by ICAM-1., Sleep and Breathing, ,
- 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, ,
- Pak, V.M., Mazzoti, D., Keenan, B., Hirotsu, C., Gehrman, P., Bittencourt L., Pack, A., Tufik, S. , 2018, Candidate Gene Analysis in the São Paulo Epidemiologic Sleep Study (EPISONO) Shows an Association of Variant in PDE4D and Sleepiness, Sleep Medicine, ,