Chair and Associate Professor of Exercise & Sport Studies, Smith College
Ph.D.: University of Maryland Postdoctoral Training: University of Maryland
Dr. Witkowski's research interest is in novel factors influencing cardiovascular adaptations to activity and inactivity in health, disease, and aging. Recent work involves the mechanisms by which physical activity influences adult stem cells known to contribute to the maintenance, regeneration, and repair of cardiovascular-related tissues. Physical activity and exercise influence function, proliferation, and survival of these cells, contributing to changes in cardiovascular function and overall health. Related interests include investigation of molecular mechanisms contributing to changes in myocardial and vascular tissue with exercise in conditions of health and disease.