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Research Assistant Professor
Skeletal Muscle Physiology
As a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, my research interests include both comparative animal physiology and human translational research related to skeletal muscle physiology and metabolism. Skeletal muscle is malleable, with the ability to both adapt over evolutionary scale and to rapidly acclimate to changing demands within an individual lifetime. Studying the muscle of vertebrates adapted to extreme environments provides insight into animal performance as well as human skeletal muscle physiology and metabolism in health and disease. My comparative animal research ranges from physiological ecology to molecular evolution. I have studied skeletal muscle metabolism at many levels, from modeling whole-body transport and utilization of oxygen and metabolites to high-resolution tissue respirometry. My translational human research includes studying fatigue, metabolism, and loss of muscle mass in patients suffering from inflammatory disease states including cancer and traumatic brain injury.
Ph.D., Comparative Physiology, Texas A&M University (2014)
B.S., Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston (1999)
KINE433. PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
Wright, T.J., Davis, R., Pearson, H., Murray, M., and Sheffield-Moore, M. (2021) Skeletal muscle thermogenesis enables aquatic life in the smallest marine mammal. Science.
Urban, R.J. and Pyles, R.B. Stewart, C.J., Ajami, N.J., Randolph, K.M., Durham, M.J., Danesi, C.P., Dillon, E.L., Summons, J.R., Singh, C.K., Morrison, M., Kreber, L.A., Masel, B., Miller, A.L., Wright, T.J., and Sheffield-Moore, M. (2020) Altered Fecal Microbiome Years After Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma. doi: 10.1089/neu.2019.6688
Wright, T.J. and Urban, R., Durham, W.E., Dillon, L., Randolph, K., Danesi, C., Gilkison, C., Karmonik, C., Zgaljardic, D., Masel, B., Bishop, J., Pyles, R., Seidler, R., Hierholzer, A.H., and Sheffield-Moore, M. (2020) Growth Hormone Alters Brain Morphometry, Connectivity and Behavior in Subjects with Fatigue after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma. doi: 10.1089/neu.2019.6690
Wright, T.J., Holser, R., Huckstadt, L., Danesi, C., Williams, T., Costa, D.P., Davis, R.W., and Sheffield-Moore, M. (2020) Changes in Northern Elephant Seal Skeletal Muscle Following Thirty Days of Fasting and Reduced Activity. Frontiers in Physiology 11,1295. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2020.564555
Wright, T.J., Dillon, E.L., Durham, W.J., Chamberlain, A., Randolph, K.M., Danesi, C., Horstman, A.M., Gilkinson, C.R., Wills, M., Richardson, G., Hatch, S.S., Jupiter, R.J., McCammon, S., Urban, R.J., and Sheffield-Moore, M. (2018). A randomized trial of adjunct testosterone for cancer–related muscle loss in men and women. J. Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle 9(3): 482-496. doi: 10.1002/jcsm.12295.
Wright, T.J. and Davis, R.W. (2015). Myoglobin oxygen affinity in aquatic and terrestrial birds and mammals. J. Exp. Biol. jeb-119321.
Catapult Round 4 - Aerobic Respiratory Capacity in Sea Otter Tissues: Metabolic Insight into Hypermetabolism ($22,100)
Catapult Round 4 Center - CTRAL Clinical Research Symposium ($5,000)
Gut and Brain Plasticity in Mild TBI following Growth Hormone Therapy
Co-PI (). University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston - Moody Foundation (Private)
2018-01-01 — 2020-12-31
2018-01-01 — 2020-12-31
Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2016 Collaborative Research Travel Grant
The Effect of Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone on Cognitive Function in Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Healthy Controls