MELISSA WITMAN

Research Interests:

Chronic diseases are among the most common and costly health problems in the United States. Alterations in blood vessel structure and function are known to play a central role in the development and progression of a broad spectrum of these conditions. Our laboratory is interested in understanding vascular function and blood flow regulation throughout the lifespan and in the face of chronic disease, with particular emphasis on cardiovascular disease. Our long term goal is to improve the overall health and ultimately quality of life in these people through exercise, lifestyle, and pharmacological interventions.

    Education:

    • B.S. St. Lawrence University, Biology
    • M.S. University of New Hampshire, Kinesiology-Exercise Science
    • Ph.D. University of Utah, Exercise and Sport Science – Exercise Physiology
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Salt Lake City VA Medical Center, Internal Medicine-Geriatrics

    Courses:

    • KAAP 400: Research Methods

    Current Funding:

    NIH/NIGMS – COBRE P20  (Edwards/Witman)

    Role: PI on Subproject 09/26/2016-02/28/2020

    Vascular Consequences of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
    The goal of this project is to understand the mechanisms contributing to cardiomyopathy and the eventual development of heart failure in patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and determine if early detection and medical therapies can improve the morbidity and mortality of this disease.

    Melissa A.H. Witman

    Melissa A.H. Witman

    Assistant Professor

    Vascular Function in Chronic Disease Laboratory

    201X STAR Health Sciences Complex
    302-831-6256

    mwitman@udel.edu

    Publications