Deepika Laddu

Deepika Laddu

Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

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1919 W. Taylor St., 443 AHSB

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By appointment


Dr. Laddu received her PhD in nutritional sciences, with a minor in medical pharmacology from the University of Arizona. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease prevention research at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (Stanford University).

Dr. Laddu's research portfolio is largely founded in lifestyle/behavior change and health promotion for both primary and secondary disease prevention and risk management. Her multidisciplinary research expertise lies in the areas of cardiovascular epidemiology, and nutritional and exercise sciences with specialization in body composition imaging. Within these areas, her research focuses on understanding the “connection” between cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, and developing lifestyle interventions specifically aimed at investigating the interaction between physical functioning, body composition and cardiovascular disease during aging, and how they relate to the care of middle age and older adults, with respect to clinical and patient-centered outcomes. 

Selected Grants

National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, The impact of a resistance training intervention on blood pressure control in older adults with Sarcopenia: The INERTIA Study, PI

Selected Publications



Postdoctoral fellow, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Stanford University School of Medicine
PhD, Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona
BS, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Chemistry, University of Arizona