APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY - phd

Dr. David Edwards's Vascular Lab

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 usually based on course work taken during the student’s first year of the academic program (KAAP 630 & 631), 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.

 

Name Email Phone Office
Thomas A. Buckley tbuckey@udel.edu 302-831-4783 349 Tower at STAR
Roxana G. Burcui rgburciu@udel.edu 302-831-3066 347 Tower at STAR
David G. Edwards dge@udel.edu 302-831-3363 201Q Health Sciences Complex
Ibra S. Fancher ifancher@udel.edu 302-831-7192 223 Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center
William B. Farquhar wbf@udel.edu 302-831-6178 201M Health Sciences Complex
Gregory E. Hicks ghicks@udel.edu 302-831-2690 210E Health Sciences Complex
Matthew Hudson mbhudson@udel.edu 302-831-6106 201V Health Sciences Complex
Christopher A. Knight caknight@udel.edu 302-831-6175 344 Tower at STAR
Shannon L. Lennon slennon@udel.edu 302-831-2798 201L Health Sciences Complex
Christopher R. Martens cmartens@udel.edu 302-831-7270 201Z Health Sciences Complex
Jennifer Semrau semrau@udel.edu 302-831-3065 346 Tower at STAR
Lynn Snyder-Mackler smack@udel.edu 302-831-3613 210N Health Sciences Complex
Charles Buz Swanik cswanik@udel.edu 302-831-2306 151 Human Performance Lab
Jillian Trabulsi trabulsi@udel.edu 302-831-4991 318 Tower at STAR
Megan Wenner  mwenner@udel.edu 302-831-7343 201N Health Sciences Complex
Melissa Witman mwitman@udel.edu 302-831-6256 201X Health Sciences Complex

Victoria Allen

2012-2016
Advisor: Gregory Hicks
Dissertation: Cardiovascular Health Status in Older Adults with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
Current Position: Medical School, Thomas Jefferson University

 

Matthew Babcock

2015-2019
Advisor:
 William Farquhar
Dissertation: Blood Pressure Responses to Exercise During High Dietary Salt Intake
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Colorado, Denver

 

Michael Brian

2012-2016
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

2010-2013
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

2014-2020
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

2012-2016
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

2011-2015
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

2013-2018
Advisor: Christopher Knight
Dissertation: Neural Excitation of Muscle in Rate of Force Development and Function
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Alvernia University

 

Elissa Hoopes

2016-2020
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

2009-2014
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

2011-2015
Advisor: William Farquhar
Dissertation: Blood Pressure Reactivity and Salt Sensitivity in Non-Hypertensive Adults
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Montclair State University

 

Kamila Migdal

2016-2020
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

2014-2018
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

2016-2020
Advisor: Megan Wenner
Dissertation: Impact of Entresto on Cardiovascular Function
Current Position:  Clinical Research Lead, Heart Failure Clinic and Chronic Care Management

 

Jessie Oldham

2014-2018
Advisor: Thomas Buckley
Dissertation: Clinical Implications of Dynamic Postural Control Impairments Following Concussion 
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital

 

Meghan Ramick

2012-2017
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

2015-2020
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

2016-2019
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

2016-2019
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

2012-2017
Advisor: Christopher Modlesky
Dissertation: Obesity indices and children with spastic cerebral palsy
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor