Kaku So-Armah, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine

PhD, University of Pittsburgh




Kaku So-Armah is a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. His training is in epidemiology and his doctoral research focused on the role of co-morbid diseases and immunologic alterations in HIV-related cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.

He is currently funded on a research supplement from the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to study the impact of liver injury on innate and adaptive immune dysfunction in HIV. This work is ongoing and uses data from the Russian cohort of the Uganda Russia Boston Alcohol Network Alcohol Research Collaboration on HIV/AIDS (URBAN ARCH).

His long-term goal is to translate our growing understanding of the mechanisms of excess HIV-related CVD risk into effective, sustainable CVD risk reduction strategies for HIV populations in resource-limited settings. He specializes in HIV-related cardiovascular disease risk, HIV and liver disease, and HIV, alcohol use, and immune alterations.

2013 Delta Omega Honors Society in Public Health
2013 University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology: Outstanding Doctoral Student Award
2012 University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health: Dean’s Day Competition First Place
2012 Delta Omega Award For Best Poster
2012 Rosenkranz Award for most significant contribution to public health
2012-2013 Young Investigator Award


Kaku So-Armah ZINC Diversity Supplement-Vanderbilt
04/30/2016 - 07/31/2016 (Co-PI)
PI: Jeffrey H. Samet, MD, MA, MPH
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Kaku So-Armah ZINC Diversity Supplement: Vanderbilt
02/01/2015 - 04/29/2016 (Co-PI)
PI: Jeffrey H. Samet, MD, MA, MPH
Vanderbilt University Medical Center



Novel Mechanisms Driving Excess Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk in the Context of HIV…
08/01/2016 - 07/31/2021 (PI)
NIH-NHLBI
5K01HL134147-03

HIV, alocohol use and intestinal dysbiosis, gastrointestinal barrier function and microbial transloc
12/01/2017 - 11/30/2018 (PI)
Miriam Hospital NIH-NIAID


Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Polanka BM, Kundu S, So-Armah KA, Freiberg MS, Gupta SK, Bedimo RJ, Budoff MJ, Butt AA, Chang CH, Gottlieb SS, Marconi VC, Womack JA, Stewart JC. Insomnia as an Independent Predictor of Incident Cardiovascular Disease in HIV: Data From the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 May 01; 81(1):110-117. PMID: 30768487.
     
  2. Torgersen J, So-Armah K, Freiberg MS, Goetz MB, Budoff MJ, Lim JK, Taddei T, Butt AA, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Justice AC, Kostman JR, Lo Re V. Comparison of the prevalence, severity, and risk factors for hepatic steatosis in HIV-infected and uninfected people. BMC Gastroenterol. 2019 Apr 15; 19(1):52. PMID: 30987601.
     
  3. So-Armah K, Gupta SK, Kundu S, Stewart JC, Goulet JL, Butt AA, Sico JJ, Marconi VC, Crystal S, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Budoff M, Gibert CL, Chang CC, Bedimo R, Freiberg MS. Depression and all-cause mortality risk in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected US veterans: a cohort study. HIV Med. 2019 May; 20(5):317-329. PMID: 30924577.
     
  4. Chen J, Huang Y, Hui Q, Mathur R, Gwinn M, So-Armah K, Freiberg MS, Justice AC, Xu K, Marconi VC, Sun YV. Epigenetic Associations with Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) among Men with HIV Infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Mar 20. PMID: 30893429.
     
  5. Mathur R, Hui Q, Huang Y, Gwinn M, So-Armah K, Freiberg MS, Justice AC, Xu K, Marconi VC, Sun YV. DNA Methylation Markers of Type 2 Diabetes among HIV-Positive and -Negative Male Veterans. J Infect Dis. 2019 Jan 11. PMID: 30649532.
     
  6. So-Armah K, Freiberg MS. HIV and Cardiovascular Disease: Update on Clinical Events, Special Populations, and Novel Biomarkers. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2018 06; 15(3):233-244. PMID: 29752699.
     
  7. Marconi VC, Duncan MS, So-Armah K, Re VL, Lim JK, Butt AA, Goetz MB, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Alcorn CW, Lennox J, Beckman JA, Justice A, Freiberg M. Bilirubin Is Inversely Associated With Cardiovascular Disease Among HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Individuals in VACS (Veterans Aging Cohort Study). J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 May 02; 7(10). PMID: 29720501.
     
  8. O'Bryan TA, Agan BK, Tracy RP, Freiberg MS, Okulicz JF, So-Armah K, Ganesan A, Rimland D, Lalani T, Deiss RG, Tramont EC. Brief Report: Racial Comparison of D-Dimer Levels in US Male Military Personnel Before and After HIV Infection and Viral Suppression. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 04 15; 77(5):502-506. PMID: 29315115.
     
  9. Brittain EL, Duncan MS, Chang J, Patterson OV, DuVall SL, Brandt CA, So-Armah KA, Goetz M, Akgun K, Crothers K, Zola C, Kim J, Gibert C, Pisani M, Morris A, Hsue P, Tindle HA, Justice A, Freiberg M. Increased Echocardiographic Pulmonary Pressure in HIV-infected and -uninfected Individuals in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Apr 01; 197(7):923-932. PMID: 29131651.
     
  10. Beckman JA, Duncan MS, Alcorn CW, So-Armah K, Butt AA, Goetz MB, Tindle HA, Sico JJ, Tracy RP, Justice AC, Freiberg MS. Association of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease. Circulation. 2018 Jul 17; 138(3):255-265. PMID: 29535090.
     
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

HIV-I
Liver Fibrosis
Cardiovascular Diseases
Epidemiology
Longitudinal data analysis
Alcohol Consumption
Opioid-Related Disorders
Microbiome, Human

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