Maria L. Urso
Maria L. Urso is a Research Physiologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, Mass, USA. Her research at the basic science level aims to delineate the complex molecular basis of skeletal muscle atrophy at both the gene and protein levels in skeletal muscle in response to various forms of disuse, including immobilization, trauma, and spinal cord injury. At USARIEM, Urso's research incorporates exercise and treatment interventions to optimize skeletal muscle remodeling, repair, and integrity. She joined the Military Performance Division at USARIEM in 2006. She earned her Ph.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Mass, USA in 2006 under the direction of Dr. Priscilla M. Clarkson. While at UMASS, her research focus shifted to the basic science level to delineate molecular adaptations in human skeletal muscle in response to various forms of disuse, including immobilization and spinal cord injury. This work has begun to unravel the complex molecular basis of skeletal muscle atrophy at both the gene and protein levels, revealing a unique pattern of cell signaling events depending upon the stimulus. At USARIEM, she is focusing on exercise and treatment interventions to optimize skeletal muscle remodeling, repair, and integrity in both human and animal models following traumatic injury, specifically in the warfighter. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research and a Reviewer for numerous other journals including Journal of Physiology and Journal of Applied Physiology, and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Urso also serves a leadership role in the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) and is a professional Member of the American Physiological Society (APS), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Society of Armed Forces Medical Laboratory Scientists (SAFMLS). She is also an Active Duty Captain (71B, Biochemist) in the US Army and a Member of the All Army Women's Marathon team.
Biography Updated on 17 May 2011