Karen Ball


Chair and Professor of Integrative Physiology & Health Science


Integrative Physiology & Health Science

Educational Background

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



My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

health science

My expertise:

Dr. Ball’s research focuses on the biochemical regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle function. Specifically, her work examines modulation of force production under physiological (organismal development) and pathological (e.g. heart failure, diabetic cardiomyopathy) conditions. More recently, the laboratory has moved to cell culture models to examine regulation of skeletal muscle growth with broad implications for clinical medicine and human performance.

Signature course(s):

Human Physiology, Pharmacology, Molecular Aspects of Muscle Physiology