Cardiovascular and Exercise Science
Cardiovascular disease is widely recognized as the leading cause of death worldwide. Coronary artery disease (CAD), which affects blood flow to the heart, is the most common among several types of heart conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites the practice of healthy living habits, chiefly physical activity, as the primary mode of preventing heart disease.
In line with CDC recommendations, the American College of Sports Medicine has created the Exercise is Medicine global health initiative, which encourages primary care physicians and other healthcare providers to include physical activity as part of treatment plans for CAD and other chronic health conditions, and to refer patients to qualified exercise professionals who can oversee treatment.
Faculty researchers in the College of Health Sciences investigating cardiovascular disease and exercise science are contributing to the body of knowledge within these fields, and have many specializations including resistance training and effects on body composition; cardiovascular health and rehabilitation; impact of physical activity on blood flow; and the effects of physical activity on special populations, including cancer patients and cancer survivors.
Faculty in the Cardiovascular and Exercise Science research cluster are also members of the following communities of practice: Aging, Community of Engaged Scholars, TTUHSC-EL PASO/UTEP Collaborative Research Community, and UTEP Community Engagement and Research in COVID-19.
CHS Leaders in Cardiovascular Disease and Exercise Science
Dr. Sudip Bajpeyi
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Director, MiNER Laboratory
Specialization: Exercise and nutrition interventions to cure/improve insulin resistance, mitochondrial bioenergetics and fat oxidation.
Communities of Practice: Aging, TTUHSC-EL PASO/UTEP Collaborative Research Community, UTEP Community Engagement and Research in COVID-19
Dr. Sandor Dorgo
Professor of Kinesiology
Director, Fitness Research Facility
Specialization: combating dynapenia in older adults; manual resistance training and post-activation potentiation; concurrent validation of heart rate devices and heart rate variability on maximal performance test; validity and reliability of different methods and devices to measure vertical jump height and reactive strength index; the effects of a two-week eccentric overload micro-cycle on bench press performance and muscular activation with elite powerlifters; effects of manual resistance training on body composition
Communities of Practice: Aging, Community of Engaged Scholars, UTEP Community Engagement and Research in COVID-19
Dr. Alvaro Gurovich, PT, PhD, FACSM
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Director, Clinical Applied Physiology Lab
Specialization: clinical applied physiology; cardiovascular health and rehabilitation; vascular response to external stimuli; exercise induced blood flow patterns
Communities of Practice: Health-Focused Interprofessional Education, UTEP Community Engagement and Research in COVID-19
Dr. Kisuk Min
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Specialization: effects of exercise training on chemotherapy induced side effects in cancer patients; identification of the molecular mechanisms that protect cardiac and skeletal muscle against myopathy
Dr. Cory Smith
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Specialization: strength and conditioning; electromechanical delay; mechanisms of fatigue; prosthetic control research
Ms. Cynthia Wittenburg
Lecturer, Public Health Sciences
Specialization: exercise regimes during and after cancer treatment; exercise and neuropathy