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Michael Welsch, PhD, FACSM

Dr. Micahel WelschProfessor
(601) 815-9693


I completed my BS and MS degrees at the University of North Texas, in 1984/1986. I then joined Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA, as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist/Wellness Program Director. In 1990 I commenced and completed (1996) my doctoral work at the University of Florida, under the mentorship of Michael L. Pollock, PhD. My next 17 years were in Baton Rouge, where I served on the Faculty in Kinesiology, at LSU. I served on 29 thesis/Dissertation Committees, yielding 15 PhD's and 14 MS degrees. I participated on a number of multidisciplinary/institutional research efforts with a focus on aging (LHAS and PRIME), and modern chronic disease. I achieved the rank of Professor in 2011. I then served as Professor/Director of the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. In returning to the US I helped establish the Department of Exercise Science, at Lebanon Valley College in PA, serving as their first Chair. Together with many students, we have authored over 65 peer-reviewed articles, and 6 book chapters. I have been a member and contributor for several NIH and CDC grants. I have also served as associate editor for Medicine Science Sports and Exercise and PLOS. I joined the Department of Population Health Science at UMC in July 2018.

Research interests

  • Physical (In)activity
  • Exercise Training
  • Human Performance
  • Vascular Biology
  • Aging
  • Chronic Disease

Recent publications

  • Allen JD, Vanbruggen MD, Johannsen NM, Robbins JL, Credeur DP, Pieper CF, Sloane R, Earnest CP, Church TS, Ravussin E, Kraus WE, Welsch MA. PRIME: A Novel Low-Mass, High-Repetition Approach to Improve Function in Older Adults. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2018 May;50(5):1005-1014. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001518.
  • Kate S. Early; Abigail Stewart; Neil Johannsen; Carl J. Lavie; Jerry R. Thomas; Michael Welsch. The Effects of Exercise Training on Brachial Artery Flow-Mediated Dilation: A Meta-analysis. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention 2016; 00:1-13.
  • Kim S, Welsh DA, Ravussin E, Welsch MA, Cherry KE, Myers L, Jazwinski SM. An Elevation of Resting Metabolic Rate With Declining Health in Nonagenarians May Be Associated With Decreased Muscle Mass and Function in Women and Men, Respectively. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2014 Jun;69(6):650-6. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glt150.