Exercise Genetics Laboratory
The Exercise Genetics Laboratory identifies biological mediators of adaptions to exercise training and elucidates the mechanistic basis for chronic disease associated with low levels of fitness. The lab uses the genetic/genomic approaches, quantitative trait (QTL) mapping and haplotype analysis, to investigate the genetic basis for individual variation in response to exercise training.
The approaches are combined with microarray analysis, systems physiology and biochemistry to identify novel genes associated with exercise training. The novel genes identifies could eventually be used to develop therapeutic agents for the treatments of diseases associated with low levels of fitness such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
In addition, we are investigating the influence of genetics on the beneficial effects of exercise on vascular function.
Dr. Michael Massett, Director
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