People/Contacts

​​Photo Headshot of Paul J. Mills, PhdPaul J. Mills, Ph.D.
Director
Professor of Family Medicine & Public Health and Psychiatry
pmills@ucsd.edu
http://behavioralmedicine.ucsd.edu/paul-mills-phd.html
858-822-1828


Photo of Meridith PungMeredith A. Pung, Ph.D.
Clinical Research Coordinator
mpung@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-3495



Photo of Kathleen WilsonKathleen Wilson, M.S.
Clinical Research Coordinator
K8wilson@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-3487



Photo of Chris PruittChris Pruitt
Manager, IH-MMB Biomarker Laboratory
cpruitt@ucsd.edu 
858-534-3365



Photo of  Christopher  WellsChristopher Wells
Consultant
cwells@ucsd.edu
858-534-3457



Photo of  Christine Tara PetersonChristine Tara Peterson, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow
chpeterson@ucsd.edu
858-822-2038

Dr. Christine Tara Peterson received her PhD in Immunology & Microbiology from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine where she studied the gut microbiome in sub-therapeutic antibiotic-induced obesity using a Systems Biology approach. Dr. Peterson is also a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda’s Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner program and a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). As a UCSD Fellow, Dr. Peterson is developing herbal and microbial medicines consisting of probiotics and combination therapies of probiotics, prebiotics and Ayurvedic herbs termed synbiotics. Dr. Peterson is engaged in dietary supplement intervention-based Clinical Trials and microbiota analyses related to immunosenescence and inflammaging in the elderly (UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center) and the screening and testing of prebiotics and probiotics for the therapeutic modulation of human microbiomes in the context of neurodegenerative disease and gut-related disorders. Dr. Peterson is currently focused on mechanistic research in neurodegenerative and gut-related disease, neuroprotection as it relates to the microbiota-gut-brain axis, and the development of synbiotics for such purposes. These efforts have been extended to include the screening of microbially produced metabolites as potential “drugs” to treat neurodegenerative disease symptoms. She seeks to identify microbial/herb therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases and the co-morbidities associated with improper gut barrier function. Clinically, Dr. Peterson has been focused on Parkinson’s Disease (PD) with a special interest in non-motor symptoms and seeks to develop treatments for both ‘motor off/wearing off’ periods in PD and non-motor symptoms such as cognitive deficits and gastrointestinal symptoms.


Photo of  Augusta ModestinoAugusta Modestino
Post Doctoral Fellow
augustamodestino@gmail.com
858-822-2038

Augusta obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in 2005, then she finished her PhD in Bioengineering at UCSD where she worked in the development of protease activity assays directly in blood for diabetes, shock, cancers, cardiovascular and coagulation disorders. She also worked in L’institut Curie in Paris, France, in the laboratory of breast cancer in the identification of new therapeutics for triple negative breast cancer. Currently, Augusta is working with Dr. Michael Heller in UCSD Bioengineering determining the role of proteases in diseas​e progression. Augusta is also working with the Center to help study the effects of different foods and behavioral interventions on circulating protease activity in the context of risk for metabolic diseases.


Mailing Address:

Center of Excellence in Research and Training in Integrative Health
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
MC 0725
La Jolla, CA 92093-0725

Physical Location:

School of Medicine Campus, Building 4, located in the lower right hand portion of this map