Notable Achievements

Chair & Associate Professor of Kinesiology Ed Merritt presented a talk, “Simple Strategies to Incorporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Existing Kinesiology Lessons and Curriculum,” at the American Kinesiology Association Leadership Workshop on January 25 in Albuquerque, NM.

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Expertise

Exercise Physiology, Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Muscle Injury

B.S. Virginia Tech - 2002

  • Major: Nutrition & Exercise Science
  • Minors: Chemistry, Biology

M.A. University of Texas at Austin - 2004

  • Major: Kinesiology
    • Thesis: Effect of aerobic exercise and the induced increase in heat shock proteins on recovery of skeletal muscle function after ischemia/reperfusion injury.

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin - 2009

  • Major: Kinesiology
    • Dissertation: Repair of Skeletal Muscle Transection Injury with Tissue Loss

Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine - 2009-2012

  • NIH F32AR060670: Regulation of human skeletal muscle protein metabolism following burn injury
  • NIH R01 (PI: Marcas Bamman): Maximizing mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy to combat sarcopenia in older adults

Assistant Professor. Appalachian State University. 2012-2017

  • Department of Health & Exercise Science
  • B.S. Virginia Tech - 2002

    • Major: Nutrition & Exercise Science
    • Minors: Chemistry, Biology

    M.A. University of Texas at Austin - 2004

    • Major: Kinesiology
      • Thesis: Effect of aerobic exercise and the induced increase in heat shock proteins on recovery of skeletal muscle function after ischemia/reperfusion injury.

    Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin - 2009

    • Major: Kinesiology
      • Dissertation: Repair of Skeletal Muscle Transection Injury with Tissue Loss

    Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine - 2009-2012

    • NIH F32AR060670: Regulation of human skeletal muscle protein metabolism following burn injury
    • NIH R01 (PI: Marcas Bamman): Maximizing mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy to combat sarcopenia in older adults

    Assistant Professor. Appalachian State University. 2012-2017

    • Department of Health & Exercise Science

In the News

  • New SU Kinesiology Professor Dr. Edward Merritt’s Research Focuses on Helping Trauma & Burn Victims Regain Muscle Functionality

    When most people think of kinesiology they think of exercise studies or improving athletic performance. But as with most academic disciplines, there are often lesser-known areas that can lead to interesting and rewarding career paths as well.