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Karen Ball


Charles A Dana Professor of Integrative Physiology and Health Science


Integrated Physiology

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(989) 463-7127

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Dr. Ball’s research focuses on the biochemical regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle function. Specifically, her work examines the modulation of force production under physiological (organismal development) and pathological (e.g., heart failure, diabetic cardiomyopathy) conditions. The laboratory also utilizes cell culture models to examine the regulation of skeletal muscle growth with broad implications for clinical medicine and human performance. A final area of study is the tissue remodeling that occurs in the hearts of hibernating 13-lined ground squirrels. This information will have important implications in clinical approaches to heart attacks and heart failure.

Educational Background:

  • B.A. Exercise and Health Science, Alma College
  • Ph.D. Physiology and Biophysics, University of Illinois at Chicago

My Expertise

Human physiology.