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Photo of Beth Bailey

Beth Bailey

Our research lab studies the adaptations the heart undergoes when subjected to physiological stress (like pregnancy) or pathological stress (like obesity). We use a mouse model system to study these adaptations at the molecular, cellular, and whole-animal level.

Beth Bailey is an Associate Professor of Biology and Cardiac Physiologist. She received a BS in Biology from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in Physiology from Temple University School of Medicine. She then completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco and Temple University School of Medicine.

The Bailey lab is an active place with many student collaborators. Dr. Bailey and her research students use a mouse model system to study the adaptations that the heart undergoes when subjected to physiologic stress, specifically the stresses induced by pregnancy or exercise. She is particularly interested in the idea that beneficial adaptations can become maladaptive if the stress is too great or sustained for too long. 




  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D., Temple University School of Medicine


  • Human Physiology
  • Advanced Integrative Physiology
  • Cell Biology and Genetics of Health and Disease

Research Interests

  • Cardiac Growth and Development
  • Cardiac Adaptations to Pregnancy
  • Role of Calcium in Muscle Contraction

Recent Work

Galvin A, J. Kohler, L. Foster-Bey, J Kim, B.A. Bailey. Exercise enhances inotropic responsiveness of cardiac myocytes FASEB J 27:711.9, 2013

Kennard, K., L. Foster-Bey L, D. Yanessa, B.A. Bailey. Pregnancy induces cardiac hypertrophy with hypercontractile ventricular myocytes FASEB J 26:1139.10, 2012

Foster A, C. Miller, A. Bilko, A. Injaian, B.A. Bailey. Cardiac enlargement during pregnancy may involve new myocyte formation. FASEB J 24: 622.7, 2010

Petre, RE, MP Quaile, EI Rossman, SJ Ratcliffe, BA Bailey, SR Houser, KB Margulies. Sex-Based differences in myocardial contractile reserve. Am. J. Physiol. 292(2): R810-R818, 2007