Womens Health and Exercise Lab

  • The Women's Health and Exercise Laboratory (WHEL) is directed by Christina M. Dieli-Conwright, who received her Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Southern California. In the WHEL, we conduct research spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical and translational science with a concentration on the hormone-related pathways in muscle hypertrophy and strength development, and metabolic diseases affecting cancer (i.e., breast, ovarian) survivors. Specifically, we are examining the effects of various estrogen therapies on skeletal muscle growth and repair. We are investigating whether estrogen use in young and old women can attenuate muscle damage and prevent sarcopenia. Additionally, we are focused on studying the effects of cancer treatment-related weight gain on metabolic diseases and further, how clinical exercise interventions may improve metabolic disease risk.


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    Dr.Dieli-Conwright’s research is focused on: 1) Determining underlying physiologic mechanisms causing cancer treatment-related weight gain/loss in cancer patients;
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