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Expert in Exercise Physiology, Fitness, Skeletal Muscle, Physiology, Thermoregulation, and Environmental Stress

Expert ID: 729354 Massachusetts, USA

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The combination of Expert's experiences in basic and applied science, human, animal and clinical subjects, industry and academia, cellular biology and exercise physiology, in vivo and in vitro techniques, and teaching and research make her a uniquely qualified scientist. She has extensive experience conducting research in human performance in populations such as military personnel, law enforcement personnel, athletes, and clinical populations. She also has many years of experience studying cellular biology in animal models. Specifically, her areas of expertise include environmental physiology, such as in heat stress and altitude/hypoxia exposure, and skeletal muscle contraction-induced and cariotoxin-induced injury, regeneration, hypertrophy, and adaptation to exercise and muscle injury. Expert also has over 15 years of clinical experience in the health and fitness industry working as a personal trainer to athletes, healthy people, and people with disease and disability including the following populations:
▫ Children, adults, older adults, elderly, and frail
▫ Nationally ranked, competitive athletes
▫ Law enforcement and military personnel
▫ Pre- and post-natal
▫ Cardiovascular disease/disorder: myocardial infarction, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, mitral valve prolapse, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
▫ Asthma
▫ Obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypercholesteremia, Type I and II Diabetes, renal disease
▫ Neurological disorder: paralysis, epilepsy, mental disorders (eg, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression), neuropathy
▫ Musculoskeletal conditions: amputees, dislocated shoulder, fused ankle, ACL and meniscus tears, sciatica, neck scar tissue contracture, broken wrist, bursitis, herniated discs, osteoporosis, connective tissue disorder, chronic pain, patellofemoral pain syndrome, chondromalacia, plantar fasciitis, stress fracture, shin splints, lordosis, kyphosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, radial nerve entrapment, bone spurs
▫ Neuromuscular degenerative disease: multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease
▫ Eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia


Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts - Worcester, Massachusetts - Springfield, Massachusetts - Lowell, Massachusetts - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Brockton, Massachusetts - New Bedford, Massachusetts - Hartford, Connecticut - Manchester, New Hampshire - Providence, Rhode Island

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2010 Degree: Postdoctoral Fellowship Subject: Interdisciplinary Training Program in Muscle Biology (studied contraction-induced muscle injury and adaptation) Institution: University of Maryland
Year: 2009 Degree: PhD Subject: exercise biology and movement science (studied skeletal muscle hypertrophy and inflammation) Institution: Univ of Illinois at Chicago
Year: 2001 Degree: MS Subject: Exercise Physiology (thermoregulation and altitude/hypoxia exposure) Institution: San Diego State University
Year: 1999 Degree: BA Subject: Biology Institution: Boston Univ

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Exercise Physiologist Department: Responsibilities: ▫ Investigated the effects of short bouts of anaerobic exercise on cardiometabolic adaptations in people with Type II diabetes
▫ Exercise prescription and monitoring of patients’ cardiometabolic responses to exercise
▫ Populations include: military personnel, elderly, diabetes, amputees, brain injury, heart disease, neuropathy, renal disease, mental disorders (eg, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression), multiple system dysfunction, high risk patients
▫ Extensive patient record keeping
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: University of Maryland Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Department: Responsibilities: Research areas:
▫ Skeletal muscle adaptations to contraction-induced injury
▫ Muscle repair and regeneration
▫ Investigated the specificity of the repeated bout effect following lengthening contractions
▫ Evaluated skeletal muscle contractile function, inflammatory cell accumulation, edema and necrosis in rats
▫ Performed flexor digitorum brevis fiber isolation
▫ Organized all experiments and managed data collection of over 100 subjects in a longitudinal study
▫ Performed all statistical analysis
▫ Wrote 2 manuscripts and 1 proposal
▫ Trained undergraduate students to perform basic science techniques and muscle injury
Years: 2003 to 2009 Employer: University of Illinois at Chicago Title: Research Assistant & Graduate Teaching Assistant Department: Responsibilities: ▫ Investigated the effects of the plasminogen activator system on skeletal muscle inflammation and hypertrophy
▫ Evaluated skeletal muscle growth, inflammatory cell accumulation, edema, cell proliferation, and protease activity in wild-type and transgenic mice
▫ Performed synergist ablation surgeries, cardiotoxin-induced muscle injuries, flow cytometry and primary cell culture
▫ Organized all experiments and managed data collection of over 100 subjects in a repeated measures study
▫ Wrote 1 manuscript and 2 proposals
▫ Performed all statistical analysis
▫ Wrote a grant proposal to the UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning aimed at improving the Movement Sciences Department’s Academic Support and Advising Program and creating an online tutoring community to supplement the existing services
▫ Taught undergraduate exercise physiology laboratory courses, anatomy and physiology courses, and fitness assessment course preparing students for American College of Sports Medicine certification
▫ Designed inquiry-based course curriculum for lab portion of undergraduate exercise physiology course
Years: 1999 to 2003 Employer: San Diego State University Title: Research Assistant & Graduate Teaching Assistant Department: Responsibilities:
▫ Measured, evaluated and interpreted data from peak oxygen consumption tests, and cardiovascular and metabolic responses to exercise
▫ Measured, evaluated and interpreted data from thermoregulatory and cardiovascular responses (heart rate, blood pressure, blood flow, oxygen saturation) to heat stress, hypoxia, and altitude exposure
▫ Investigated responses to exercise in the heat/humidity and at altitude/hypoxia and crossover adaptations of environmental stresses
▫ Investigated inquiry-based teaching methods in exercise physiology
▫ Investigated the effects of a novel aerobic exercise mode, the Ramp, on energy expenditure; funded project for Gin Miller Fitness, Inc.
▫ Secured $22,000 worth of altitude-simulating equipment at no cost
▫ Organized all experiments and managed data collection of over 200 subjects in several repeated measures studies
▫ Performed maximal aerobic tests and lactate threshold tests on junior Olympic athletes
▫ Investigated the effects of blood pH on VO2 kinetics during high intensity exercise
▫ Investigated MAP-kinase signal transduction pathway, including alpha B-crystallin, in cardiac muscle following ischemia-reperfusion
▫ Investigated the effects of a novel aerobic exercise mode, the Ramp, on energy expenditure
▫ Investigated myosin gene expression during Drosophila muscle development; molecular and ultrastructural defects of Drosophila muscle mutants; function of muscle protein isoforms; mechanism of alternative RNA splicing.
▫ Developed specific exercise testing protocols for subjects participating in exercise physiology lab classes and research studies
▫ Wrote 4 manuscripts
▫ Performed all statistical analysis
▫ Taught undergraduate exercise physiology laboratory courses
▫ Co-designed course curriculum and training of new teachers
▫ Created teachers’ edition of lab manual
▫ Assisted with undergraduate women’s health course
Years: 2006 to 2009 Employer: Cheetah Gyms Title: Master Exercise Physiologist/Personal Trainer Department: Responsibilities: ▫ Administered fitness evaluations, designed exercise programs, and provided nutritional counseling for athletes and persons with diseases and disabilities
▫ Specialized in non-traditional, functional and sport-specific exercises
▫ Implemented continually evolving exercise programs for patients with chronic pain whose needs were not being met by existing exercise programs
▫ Healthy and clinical populations included:
▫ Children, adults, older adults, elderly, and frail
▫ Nationally ranked, competitive athletes
▫ Law enforcement personnel
▫ Pre- and post-natal
▫ Cardiovascular disease/disorder: myocardial infarction, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, mitral valve prolapse, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
▫ Asthma
▫ Obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypercholesteremia, Type I and II Diabetes
▫ Neurological disorder: paralysis, epilepsy
▫ Musculoskeletal conditions: dislocated shoulder, fused ankle, ACL and meniscus tears, sciatica, neck scar tissue contracture, broken wrist, bursitis, herniated discs, osteoporosis, connective tissue disorder, chronic pain, patellofemoral pain syndrome, chondromalacia, plantar fasciitis, stress fracture, shin splints, lordosis, kyphosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, radial nerve entrapment, bone spurs
▫ Neuromuscular degenerative disease: multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease
▫ Eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia
Years: 2001 to 2003 Employer: Fitness Quest 10 Title: Exercise Physiologist/Personal Trainer Department: Responsibilities: ▫ Administered fitness evaluations, designed exercise programs, and provided nutritional counseling for athletes and persons with diseases and disabilities
▫ Specialized in non-traditional, functional and sport-specific exercises
▫ Implemented continually evolving exercise programs for patients with chronic pain whose needs were not being met by existing exercise programs
▫ Healthy and clinical populations included:
▫ Children, adults, older adults, elderly, and frail
▫ Nationally ranked, competitive athletes
▫ Law enforcement personnel
▫ Pre- and post-natal
▫ Cardiovascular disease/disorder: myocardial infarction, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, mitral valve prolapse, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
▫ Asthma
▫ Obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypercholesteremia, Type I and II Diabetes
▫ Neurological disorder: paralysis, epilepsy
▫ Musculoskeletal conditions: dislocated shoulder, fused ankle, ACL and meniscus tears, sciatica, neck scar tissue contracture, broken wrist, bursitis, herniated discs, osteoporosis, connective tissue disorder, chronic pain, patellofemoral pain syndrome, chondromalacia, plantar fasciitis, stress fracture, shin splints, lordosis, kyphosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, radial nerve entrapment, bone spurs
▫ Neuromuscular degenerative disease: multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease
▫ Eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia
Years: 2001 to 2003 Employer: Miramar Community College, San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute, San Diego Police Dep Title: Adjunct Instructor and Exercise Physiologist Department: Responsibilities: ▫ Presented lectures on exercise and nutrition to recruits
▫ Provided individual exercise and nutritional counseling
▫ Performed fitness assessment and training of law enforcement personnel
▫ Designed and taught advanced exercise physiology lecture series for Training Officers
Years: 1995 to 1999 Employer: Healthworks Fitness Center for Women Title: Exercise Physiologist/Personal Trainer, Interim Fitness Director Department: Responsibilities: ▫ Administered fitness evaluations, designed exercise programs, and provided nutritional counseling for athletes and persons with diseases and disabilities
▫ Reviewed and approved all new patients’ health histories
▫ Acted as liaison between high risk patients and their personal physicians to acquire physician approval and discuss physician recommended exercise guidelines
▫ Selected as Most Successful Trainer in company
▫ Trained new fitness staff employees on fitness evaluation techniques and exercise programming
▫ Presented continuing education seminars to personal trainers
▫ Authored and designed artwork for free-weight orientations and stretching guidelines
▫ Coordinated “Open House” for members including over 20 speakers and presentations
▫ Designed artwork for advertising of specialty classes and programs
▫ Managed approximately 8 fitness specialists
▫ Oversaw employee work schedule

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2010 to Present Agency: Veterans Affairs Medical Center Role: Physiologist Description: ▫ Investigated the effects of short bouts of anaerobic exercise on cardiometabolic adaptations in people with Type II diabetes
▫ Exercise prescription and monitoring of patients’ cardiometabolic responses to exercise
▫ Populations include: military personnel, elderly, diabetes, amputees, brain injury, heart disease, neuropathy, renal disease, mental disorders (eg, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression), multiple system dysfunction, high risk patients
▫ Extensive patient record keeping

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies

American College of Sports Medicine Member 2000-2010;
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 2001;
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Prevention 1998.
Licenses / Certifications
American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer 1997-2010;
American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Instructor 1999-2010;
American Heart Association CPR with AED 1989-2011.
Awards / Recognition
▫ NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship Trainee, The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Muscle Biology, 2009-2010 ;
▫ Travel Award, Graduate Student Council, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006;
▫ Travel Award, Women in Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006;
▫ Distinction, San Diego State University Outstanding Graduate Student, 2001;
▫ Distinction, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, San Diego State University, 2001;
▫ Travel Award, the Fred Kasch Endowment for Graduate Students, 2001;
▫ Distinction, Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women Most Successful Personal Trainer, 1998;
▫ Awardee of the NJ Epilepsy Foundation Scholarship, 1993.
Medical / Professional
Postdoctoral Fellowship 2009-2010;
Univ of Maryland, Baltimore;

Physical Therapy Intern 1992;
Ocean Physical Therapy, Manahawkin, NJ;

Athletic Training Intern 1991-1993
Freehold High School, Freehold, NJ.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published 8 papers and 7 abtracts in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of skeletal muscle hypertrophy and inflammation, skeletal muscle injury and adaptation; thermoregulation; altitude/hypoxia exposure; and teaching methods in exercise physiology.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Fluent

Fields of Expertise

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