Markofski Research Group
Dr. Melissa Markofski studies the acute and chronic effects of exercise and nutrition on muscle function and biomarkers associated with disease risk. She has a specific interest in monocytes and inflammation. Dr. Markofski uses molecular techniques and clinical and functional outcomes to develop evidence-based exercise and nutritional strategies for reducing the risk to develop chronic diseases and promote healthy aging.
For example, many of the diseases typically associated with aging may not be related to aging per se, but rather age-associated changes in exercise and physical activity, nutrition, and body composition. Consequently, signaling pathways associated with inflammation and metabolism are affected by these activity and dietary changes. The modification of these signaling pathways can lead to an increased risk of chronic disease.
Dr. Markofski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), International Society of Exercise and Immunology (ISEI), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), American Physiological Society (APS), and Sigma Xi.