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Kevin K. McCully

  • Professor, Department of Kinesiology (Exercise Science Programs)

  • Director, Exercise Muscle Physiology Laboratory

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Office Location

115F Ramsey Center
330 River Road
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Areas of Expertise

  • near infrared spectroscopy
  • magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • doppler ultrasound
  • muscle electrical stimulation
  • localized muscle training
  • skeletal muscle physiology

Research Interests

  • skeletal muscle metabolism
  • noninvasive technologies to study metabolism and blood flow
  • cardiovascular disease
  • disability health
  • neuromuscular diseases

Research Summary

The Exercise Muscle Physiology Laboratory is equipped to study skeletal muscle metabolism and oxygen delivery. Research is focused on developing new non-invasive approaches to studying skeletal muscle metabolism, blood flow and oxygen utilization. The lab focusing on changes to muscle function after chronic illnesses and injuries: including spinal cord injury, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, peripheral vascular disease and heart failure. The lab is also focused on innovative methods of improving physical activity levels and exercising people with chronic illnesses and injuries.

We use near infrared spectroscopy, Doppler Ultrasound, muscle accelerometry, electrical stimulation, MRI and 31P MRS to study humans. We also work on novel methods of training humans to improve health, primarily by training skeletal muscle.

IF YOU ARE A GRADUATE STUDENT INTERESTED IN OUR LAB, PLEASE CONTACT ME WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO OUR DEPARTMENT. YOU SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER VISITING OUR LAB SO THAT WE CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT US.

Biography

I grew up in Kalamazoo Michigan, and attended Western Michigan University. I was a Biology major and Math minor. I also was on the swimming team and had various swim coaching job over 4 years. I got my PhD in the Physiology Department at the University of Michigan. My research was on contractile properties and muscle injury in small animals. I did a post doc in Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. Mainly to learn how to study skeletal muscle with magnetic resonance spectroscopy. I studied patients with peripheral arterial disease and neuromuscular diseases. I was a MDA post doctoral scholar for two years. I got a job in Geriatric Medicine at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences and continued to study skeletal muscle using 31P MRS and NIRS in older adults. I then joined the Kinesiology Department at the University of Georgia where I teach and do research using noninvasive technologies aimed towards patients with chronic illnesses and injuries.

Education

Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Physiology University of Michigan 1985

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
1972-5 Gary Scholar Western Michigan University
1975 Waldo Sangren Scholar Western Michigan University
2003 Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecturer University of Western Ontario
2007 Fellow #480 National Academy of Kinesiology
2009 Henry J. Montoye Scholar Award South East American College of Sports Medicine
2013 Secretary of the Board of Directors Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports
2015 Past-President South East American College of Sports Medicine
2017 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring CURO UGA