Program Overview

The mission of the Applied Physiology PhD Program is to provide advanced training for students in the field of applied physiology with the goal of preparing students for research-based careers. Areas of in-depth study are driven by faculty research and encompass cardiovascular physiology, exercise physiology, musculoskeletal physiology, and neurophysiology. The programmatic emphasis is on the regulation, adaptation, and integration of mechanisms across all levels of biological organization from molecules to organ systems. New knowledge on health, aging, chronic disease, and injury prevention will be generated and disseminated. Along with in-depth, laboratory-based immersion, the mission of the proposed program is to provide high quality classroom-based instruction through a core graduate curriculum, electives, and seminars.


Degree Requirements

The Applied Physiology PhD Program requires a minimum of 46 credits, including 9 credits of dissertation, and is designed to be completed in 4 years. Required courses include:

Students must pass a preliminary examination that tests their general knowledge base in applied physiology and their ability to critically evaluate scientific literature. The preliminary examination is an oral exam, content of the exam is based on the Advanced Human Physiology I and II courses (KAAP 630 & 631) taken during the student’s first year of the academic program, and an area of study that is consistent with the student’s planned dissertation work. The preliminary examination must be completed by the end of the student’s first year of enrollment.


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Admissions decisions are made by the Applied Physiology Graduate Program Committee. Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer appropriate strengths.

  1. A Bachelor of Science, Master of Science or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 system is require.
  3. Personal statement (see Graduate Admissions Application Essays for detailed requirements)
  4. Resume
  5. Three letters of recommendation. It is highly recommended that letters of recommendation come from individuals who can speak to the applicants’ success in graduate school from both academic and research perspectives.
  6. Supplemental Documentation indicating which faculty member has agreed to serve as an advisor.
  7. Knowledge of mathematics and statistics.
  8. All students will be expected to be sufficiently conversant in English and knowledgeable in the written word to convey clear, logical, and complex written expressions. International student applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language if English is not the first language. An official paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550, or at least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL with a minimum speaking score of 18 is necessary for an applicant to be considered for admission.
Name Email Phone Office
Thomas A. Buckley 302-831-4783 349 Tower at STAR
Roxana G. Burcui 302-831-3066 347 Tower at STAR
David G. Edwards 302-831-3363 201Q Health Sciences Complex
Ibra S. Fancher 302-831-7192 223 Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center
William B. Farquhar 302-831-6178 201M Health Sciences Complex
Gregory E. Hicks 302-831-2690 210E Health Sciences Complex
Christopher A. Knight 302-831-6175 344 Tower at STAR
Shannon L. Lennon 302-831-2798 201L Health Sciences Complex
Christopher R. Martens 302-831-7270 201Z Health Sciences Complex
Jennifer Semrau 302-831-3065 346 Tower at STAR
Charles Buz Swanik 302-831-2306 151 Human Performance Lab
Jillian Trabulsi 302-831-4991 318 Tower at STAR
Megan Wenner 302-831-7343 201N Health Sciences Complex
Melissa Witman 302-831-6256 201X Health Sciences Complex

Victoria Allen

Advisor: Gregory Hicks
Dissertation: Cardiovascular Health Status in Older Adults with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
Current Position: Medical School, Thomas Jefferson University


Matthew Babcock

 William Farquhar
Dissertation: Blood Pressure Responses to Exercise During High Dietary Salt Intake
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Colorado, Denver


Michael Brian

Advisor: William Farquhar
Dissertation: The influence of chronic and acute sodium loading on blood pressure regulation in normotensive adults
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Plymouth State University


Jennifer DuPont

Advisor: David Edwards
Dissertation: Role of oxidative stress and arginase in microvascular dysfunction in chronic kidney disease
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine


Sophie Green

Advisor: David Edwards
Dissertation: The Effect of Shear Stress and Urea on Endothelial Cationic Amino Acid Transporter-1 and Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase
Current Position: Lecturer, Rider University


John Guers

Advisor: Shannon Lennon
Dissertation: The Effect of Exercise on Sodium Induced Endothelial Dysfunction Independent of Blood Pressure Change
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Rider University


Harshvardhan Singh

Advisor: Christopher Modlesky
Dissertation: Trabecular Bone Microarchitecture and Vibration Transmission in Ambulatory Children With Cerebral Palsy 
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham 


Micah Josephson

Advisor: Christopher Knight
Dissertation: Neural Excitation of Muscle in Rate of Force Development and Function
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Alvernia University


Elissa Hoopes

Advisor: Melissa Witman
Dissertation: Sleep Variability and Cardiovascular Health in Undergraduate College Students
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware Dept of Behavioral Health & Nutrition


Christopher Martens

Advisor: David Edwards
Dissertation: L-arginine transport and endothelial dysfunction in chronic kidney disease: the role of exercise
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Delaware


Evan Matthews

Advisor: William Farquhar
Dissertation: Blood Pressure Reactivity and Salt Sensitivity in Non-Hypertensive Adults
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Montclair State University


Kamila Migdal

Advisor: William Farquhar
Dissertation:The Impact of Dietary Sodium on Cerebral Blood Flow Regulation
Current Position:VA Advanced Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Washington DC War Related Illness and Injury Study Cente


Bryce Muth

Advisor: David Edwards
Dissertation: Cardiovascular Effects of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) compared to Moderate-Intensity Continuous Training (MCT) 
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Stockton University


Sangeetha Nathaniel

Advisor: Megan Wenner
Dissertation: Impact of Entresto on Cardiovascular Function
Current Position:  Clinical Research Lead, Heart Failure Clinic and Chronic Care Management


Jessie Oldham

Advisor: Thomas Buckley
Dissertation: Clinical Implications of Dynamic Postural Control Impairments Following Concussion 
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital


Meghan Ramick

Advisor: David Edwards
Dissertation: The Effect of Dietary Nitrates on Vascular Function and Exercise Capacity in Chronic Kidney Disease
Current Position: Assistant Professor, West Chester University


Joseph Stock

Advisor: David Edwards
Dissertation: The Effect of Acute Exercise on Pulsatile Load in Healthy Aging
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware Dept of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology


Rachael Torres

Advisor: Adam Davey
Dissertation: Modifiable cardiovascular risk and cognitive function: findings from the Maine Syracuse Longitudinal Study
Current Position: Senior Statistician, Michigan Medicine


Joseph Watso

Advisor: William Farquhar
Dissertation: The Effect of Mild Hypohydration on Resting and Reflex Blood Pressure Regulation in Healthy Young and Old Adults
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, UT Southwestern


Daniel Whitney

Advisor: Christopher Modlesky
Dissertation: Obesity indices and children with spastic cerebral palsy
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor