Dr. Carper teaches Exercise Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Research Projects in Exercise Physiology, and Technology and Instrumentation in Exercise Physiology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College and earned his Doctorate of Education in Applied/Exercise Physiology from the University of Kansas. He has completed three postdoctoral fellowships at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, and Washington University School of Medicine - St. Louis, Washington University.
Dr. Carper is a member of the American Diabetes Association, The American Physiological Association, The North American Association for the Study of Obesity, and The American College of Sports Medicine. He has given several presentations at the international, national, state, and local levels. He also has several peer-reviewed publications in a range of topics from human performance to HIV protease inhibitor involvement in decreased fatty acid transport in skeletal muscle.
Dr. Carper’s main area of research focuses on the mechanism(s) that directly affect skeletal muscle metabolism in vitro and ex vivo, specifically fatty acid metabolism, in conditions of obesity. He is also interested in the affect HIV has on skeletal muscle and adipose tissue substrate oxidation in vitro and ex vivo.