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UFHHP Spaces: Molecular Cardiology & Myology Laboratory

Take a virtual tour of HHP’s lab run by Ashley Smuder, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

January 22, 2022

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Dr. Smuder and her team of researchers are focused on understanding the molecular signaling pathways that promote cardiac and skeletal muscle dysfunction following disease or periods of prolonged inactivity. The current research is focused on determining the mechanisms by which physical activity can preserve cardiorespiratory muscle function following exposure to chemotherapy and how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve respiratory function following cervical spinal cord injury.

The lab was founded in 2019 and includes senior biological scientists, post-doctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students. Research interests include skeletal and cardiac muscle biology, redox control of cardiac and skeletal muscle function, and muscular adaptations following exercise.

Journal articles from the lab have appeared in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences; American Journal of Physiology Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology; and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; Experimental Physiology; to name a few.

The lab is supported by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and has previously received funding from the American Heart Association.

Visit the Molecular Cardiology & Myology Laboratory website >


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