Victoria M. Pak is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Emory University School of Nursing. Dr. Pak’s program of research currently focuses in the area of sleep and cardiovascular disease with the incorporation of proteomics, genetics and metabolomics. While studying the impact of continuous positive airway pressure on inflammatory biomarkers, Dr. Pak found that CPAP reduces inflammatory marker, ICAM-1 after 2 years of treatment. This work has significance as it may decrease the rate of progression of sleep apnea related cardiovascular disease and was recognized by the Young Investigator honorable mention award by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In exploring the metabolomic differences underlying sleepiness, Dr. Pak was the first to identify that lowered choline nutrient is linked to sleepiness and paves the way for research exploring interventions aimed at treating sleepiness and reducing cardiovascular disease risk. This research was recognized by the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Pak’s candidate gene study was the first to identify a variant on the inflammatory PDE4D gene linked to sleepiness in the general population in Brazil, which is a potential target area for treatments of sleepiness and cardiovascular disease. This research was recognized by the Young Investigator honorable mention award by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Pak received her undergraduate and graduate degrees (MS, MTR, PhD) at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.