Health and Exercise Physiology
Stephen C. Kolwicz Jr.
Assistant Professor, Health and Exercise Physiology
Director, the HaMM Lab
Stephen C. Kolwicz, Jr became a member of the Health and Exercise Physiology Department at Ursinus College in 2017. After receiving a BS in Wellness Studies and MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology, he worked for several years in both in-patient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation settings before deciding to pursue a PhD in Exercise Physiology. After completing postdoctoral training, Dr. Kolwicz was appointed as a research faculty in the Mitochondria & Metabolism Center at University of Washington. In addition to past clinical and research experiences, Dr. Kolwicz held adjunct instructor positions at both Rowan University and Temple University. When not in the classroom, Dr. Kolwicz provides undergraduate research experiences in understanding the metabolic adaptations to exercise.
- B.S., Rutgers University-Camden
- M.S., East Stroudsburg University
- Ph.D., Temple University
- NMR Laboratory for Physiological Chemistry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
- Mitochondria & Metabolism Center, University of Washington
Structural Kinesiology Lab
Exercise Physiology Lab
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Research Methods in Health and Human Performance
Common Intellectual Experience (CIE)
Dr. Kolwicz has a long-standing interest in the role of lipid metabolism in the development of cardiac dysfunction. His past work, using genetic approaches, revealed a potential of enhanced cardiac lipid metabolism to protect the heart from acute and chronic stressors. Current and future work will investigate the metabolic adaptations that occur in both cardiac and skeletal muscle during acute and chronic exercise training.
O’Neill CC, Locke EJ, Sipf DA, Thompson JH, Drebushenko EK, Berger NS, Segich BS, Kolwicz SC Jr. The Effects of Exercise Training on Glucose Homeostasis and Muscle Metabolism in Type 1 Diabetic Female Mice. Metabolites. 2022 Oct 5;12(10):948. doi: 10.3390/metabo12100948. PMID: 36295850
Holcomb, L.E., Rowe, P., O’Neill, C.C., DeWitt, E.A.,Kolwicz Jr., S.C. Sex differences in endurance exercise capacity and skeletal muscle lipid metabolism in mice. Physiological Reports, 10(3):e15174, 2022. doi: 10.14814/phy2.15174. PMID: 35133078
Kolwicz Jr., S.C. Ketone Body Metabolism in the Ischemic Heart. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 8: 789458, 2021. doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2021.789458. PMID: 34950719
Holcomb LE, O’Neill CC, DeWitt EA, Kolwicz SC Jr. The Effects of Fasting or Ketogenic Diet on Endurance Exercise Performance and Metabolism in Female Mice. PMID: 34207054 DOI: 10.3390/metabo11060397
Harvey, KL, Holcomb, LE, Kolwicz, SC Jr. Ketogenic diets and exercise performance. Nutrients, 11(10): E2296, 2019. PMID: 31561520.
Kolwicz, SC Jr. An “exercise” in cardiac metabolism. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 5:66, 2018. PMID: 29930946.