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Mike Carper

Dr. Mike Carper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Director, Human Performance Laboratory
Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
202B Student Recreation Center| 620.235.6155|
Curriculum Vitae


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. 

Research Focus

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.   


  • Serves as Assistant Professor in the HHPR Department

  • Teaches undergraduate & graduate courses in HHPR

Selected Publications

  • Carper M.J., Richmond S.R., Whitman S.A., Acree L.D., Godard M.PMuscle Glycogen Restoration in Females and Males Following Moderate Intensity Cycling Exercise in Differing Ambient Temperatures.  JEPonline 2013;16(4):1-18.

  • *Carper, M.J., * Richmond, S.R (*Co-First Authors), S. Zhang, K.E. Yarasheski, and S. Ramanadham.  HIV-protease inhibitors suppress fatty acid oxidation in skeletal muscle by reducing fatty acid transport.  Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids. 1801 (2010) 559-566.

  • Carper, M.J., S. Zheng, J. Turk, and S. Ramanadham.  Skeletal muscle group VIA phospholipaseA2 (iPLA2b):  Expression, and role in fatty acid oxidation.  Biochemistry.  2008 Nov, 18;47(46):12241-9.

  • Carper, M.J., W.T. Cade, M. Cam, S. Zhang, A. Shalev, K.E. Yarasheski, and S. Ramanadham.  HIV-protease inhibitors induce expression of suppressor of cytokine signaling-1 in insulin-sensitive tissue and promote insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.  American Journal of Physiology:  Endocrinology and Metabolism 294(3)E: 558-67, 2008.

  • Richmond SR, Whitman SA, Acree LA, Carper MJ and Godard MP. Power output in trained male and female cyclists during the Wingate Test with increasing flywheel resistance. JEPonline 2011;14(5):46-53.

  • Potteiger, J.A., Claytor , R.P., Carper, M.J., Hulver, M.W., Hughes, M.R., Thyfault, J.P.  Resistance exercise and aerobic exercise training both reduce metabolic syndrome risk factors in middle-aged males.  European Journal of Applied Physiology. Accepted for publication September 2011

  • R.C. Hickner, G. Kemeny, P.D. Clark, V.B. Galvin, K. McIver, C.A. Evans, H.A. Barakat, M. J. Carper, and J.P. Garry.  In-vivo nitric oxide suppression of lipolysis in subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue of obese but not lean women.  The FASEB Journal. 2006;20:A832.

  • Hulver, M.W., Berggren, J.R., Carper, M.J., Miyazaki, M., Ntambi, J.J., Hoffman, E.P., Dohm, G.L., Houmard, J.A., and Muoio, D.M.  Elevated Stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1 Expression in SkeletalMuscle Contributes to Abnormal Fatty Acid Partitioning in Obese Humans.  Cell Metabolism, Vol. 2, 251-261, October 2005.

Awards & Honors

  • Washington University T-32 Training Grant, Post-Doctoral Training Award; National Institute of Health Institutional T-32 Award; Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, DK007296.  March 2006 – December 2007. 

  • Pennington Biomedical Research Center T-32 Training Grant, Post-Doctoral Training Award, “Obesity:  from genes to man”; Postdoctoral Training Award; National Institute of Health Institutional T-32 Award; Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, DK64584.  August 2004 – October 2005.

  • Most Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation:  School of Education - University of Kansas, 2004.

  • Doctoral Student Award Recipient:  American College of Sports Medicine – Central States Chapter, 2003.