Kaku So-Armah, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Kaku So-Armah
617.414.4376
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center

Biography

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.

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, PhD
  • Amherst College, BA

Publications

  • Published on 5/24/2019

    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 Mellitus Among Male Veterans With or Without Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection. J Infect Dis. 2019 May 24; 219(12):1959-1962. PMID: 30649532.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 4/15/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 3/29/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 3/20/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 6/1/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 5/2/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 4/15/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 4/1/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 3/13/2018

    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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