Cory Dungan, Ph.D.

Cory Dungan, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology


About Dr. Cory Dungan

Dr. Cory Dungan joins us as an Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky, where he was a post-doc in the Department of Physical Therapy and Center for Muscle Biology. Cory has spent the last five years studying mechanisms of skeletal muscle adaptation and cognitive health during aging and obesity in the lab of Dr.Charlotte Peterson. His research interests include the effects of senolytics on skeletal muscle growth and regeneration, exosome-mediated cross-talk between skeletal muscle and the brain, and how diet and exercise impact Alzheimer’s disease progress via microRNAs. He has developed a model of rodent exercise training that mimics exercise adaptations in humans and addresses whole-body, exercise-focused research questions. These projects have led to 25 published manuscripts, including Aging Cell, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Journal and the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. To fund these projects, he successfully submitted NIH-funded grants, which included a T32 to undergo formal Alzheimer’s disease training.