Professor Mangano's research interests include exploring the relation between nutritional factors and musculoskeletal health among aging adults. Current projects focus on: 1) protein intake patterns and how they are differentially associated with bone and muscle health; 2) polyunsaturated fatty acids and their association with bone health, muscle mass, strength and function; 3) exploring whether dietary patterns of Caribbean Latino adults predict high levels of inflammation and whether the composition of their microbiome mediates this association. Future research directions include developing dietary interventions to treat aging dysbiosis (altered microbiome) to reduce musculoskeletal losses via anti-inflammatory pathways.
Kelsey M. Mangano, Ph.D., R.D., is Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences at UMass Lowell. She is a member of the Center for Population Health at UMass Lowell. Professor Mangano also holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment at the Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife, Harvard Medical School affiliate. Please see CV for further background.