Health Sciences

Dr. Stephen C. Kolwicz
Dr. Stephen C. Kolwicz

Stephen C. Kolwicz Jr.

Stephen C. Kolwicz, Jr became a member of the Health Sciences 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.    


Health Sciences


  • B.S., Rutgers University-Camden
  • M.S., East Stroudsburg University
  • Ph.D., Temple University

Postdoctoral Training

  • NMR Laboratory for Physiological Chemistry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Mitochondria & Metabolism Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


HS-351:  Structural Kinesiology

HS-351L: Structural Kinesiology Lab

HS-352Q:  Exercise Physiology

HS-352L:  Exercise Physiology Lab

HS-455:  Clinical Exercise Physiology

HS-262W:  Research Methods in Health and Human Performance

HS-334:  Nutrition

HS-232W:  Current Trends in Health

Common Intellectual Experience (CIE)

Research Interests

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.

Metabolic Process Poster

Years of Service to Ursinus

2017 - Present