Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Michael Borack, PhD

Michael Borack is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University Medical Center. Michael completed a Master of Science in kinesiology with a focus on exercise physiology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. with a focus on muscle metabolism from the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research tested the effects of protein supplementation on muscle protein turnover in older adults. His current mentors are Connie Bales, Ph.D. (Professor in Medicine) and Kathryn Starr, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor in Medicine). Dr. Borack’s current research examines high protein diets for weight loss in older adults suffering from obesity and prediabetes to facilitate fat loss while sparing muscle and bone loss.

Kyle BourassaKyle Bourassa, PhD

Kyle is a Postdoctoral Scholar working in the Moffitt-Caspi Lab at Duke University. He is funded by the National Institute on Aging through a T32 training grant (T32-AG000029) provided to the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development in the Duke University Medical Center. Kyle received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in Psychology and History. He subsequently received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Health Psychology from the University of Arizona. He completed his doctoral internship at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle.

Kyle’s research focuses on understanding the impact of stressful life events—such as divorce, bereavement, and trauma—on health across the lifespan. His work examines the social, behavioral, and affective mechanisms that link the experience of these stressors with dysregulated cardiovascular physiology, relevant disease outcomes, and mortality. To do so, Kyle makes use of both longitudinal cohort study designs and lab-based experimental paradigms, integrating top-down and bottom-up approaches. In addition to his work examining mechanisms of action, Kyle also studies how behavioral interventions might improve health among people who experience stressful life events.

Harry TaylorHarry O. Taylor, Ph.D., MSW, MPH 

Dr. Harry Taylor is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at the Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Taylor’s program of research focuses on examining the prevalence, trends, and factors associated with social isolation and loneliness among older adults, with specific emphasis on Black older adults. Dr. Taylor plans to improve the social well-being and health of older adults who are socially isolated and/or lonely by increasing awareness of these harmful conditions and by informing/developing tailored risk assessments and interventions to reduce these conditions among older adults. Dr. Taylor completed his MSW and MPH at the University of Michigan, Schools of Social Work and Public Health (respectively) and his Ph.D. in social work at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Taylor’s mentor for the Postdoctoral Research Training Program at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development is Tyson Brown, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Sociology).