I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). As one of the leading academic medical centers and biomedical research institutes in the world, UTMB has provided me with state-of-the-art research facilities, tremendous resources to conduct ground breaking research and exceptional mentoring from world renowned faculty. I am extremely fortunate to have trained under the able guidance and foresight of my mentor, Dr Jacques Baillargeon. Dr Baillargeon has always been supportive of my work and is a constant source of inspiration for me. He encourages me to think creatively and be knowledgeable of the latest advancements in the field of pharmacoepidemiology and health outcomes research-the areas of focus of my doctoral research.
My doctoral training at UTMB has helped me acquire a wide array of epidemiological, statistical and translational research skills. These and related skills have widespread application in both academia and industry. My doctoral research focuses on various pharmacoepidemiological aspects of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), in particular its effects on mental health in middle-aged and older men in the US. This is a an extremely fascinating area of research, especially in lieu of the fact that TRT prescription rates increased by over 3 fold in the past decade. However, evidence of the effects of TRT on mental health in general and depression in particular from large scale, population based studies is lacking.
UTMB has given me a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with researchers from various disciplines of medicine and public health. Currently, I am part of a Multidisciplinary Translational Team (MTT) of researchers for a Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) project in the Institute of Translational Sciences (ITS) at UTMB. I have worked on numerous population health research projects with far ranging clinical and policy implications. Our group’s research has been published in highly respected peer reviewed journals and continues to inform policy and practice in the US and the rest of the world.