Osher Research Fellow, Dennis Muñoz-Vergara, Wins Young Investigator Award

Posted On: November 29th, 2021

Dennis Muñoz-Vergara, DMV, PhD, MS, MPH (Osher)

Osher Research Fellow, Dennis Muñoz-Vergara, Wins Young Investigator Award

Dr. Dennis Muñoz-Vergara, Harvard Medical School T32 Fellow in Integrative Medicine, based jointly at the Osher Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, won a Young Investigator Award at the recent Symposium on Yoga Research (SYR), 2021.

  1. Watch Dr. Muñoz-Vergara’s presentation, entitled Dynamics of inflammatory cytokines after an acute yogic stretching intervention: preliminary results of a pilot study.”
  2. An additional abstract from the Osher Center team received top marks in the SYR scoring: “Can the mechanical forces produced during an acute yogic stretching session upregulate the expression of PIEZO1 in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)?: Preliminary results of a pilot study.” Read the Abstract here.

Presenter Bio

Dennis Muñoz Vergara, a T-32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and an animal pathologist and a certified Hatha yoga instructor. He is interested in translational research using in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo animal and human models to understand the basic biological mechanism of stretching and its effects on inflammation. His current human research study attempts to isolate the stretching component of yoga and apply an acute intervention (one hour of stretching) to explore changes in systemic inflammatory markers and lipid mediators.