Cara Hardy, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

I study how aging impacts bladder physiology, and I aim to establish if age-associated genetic changes are predictive of declines in kidney and bladder function.

I seek to understand how aging impacts communication between the brain and bladder, as well as the bladder and kidneys. Using mouse models, we are able to identify genes and proteins that may be associated with functional declines in these systems. The overarching goal of this work is to identify novel targets of study, and hopefully pave the way for more effective treatments for older adults who suffer from kidney and bladder dysfunction. My areas of expertise include tissue physiology, urinary tract (bladder) function, and the impact of aging and neurodegeneration on brain-bladder communication. Former Training: BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology -- Otterbein University ('16); PhD in Biomedical Sciences -- University of Connecticut ('22)

Cara Hardy on ORCID