Rudy Valentine wearing a grey shirt and smiling at the camera.

Rudy Valentine, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy & Kinesiology
385 Health and Social Sciences Building (HSSB)


Exercise physiology; metabolism; skeletal muscle; obesity; diabetes

Research Interests

  1. Identifying the mechanism(s) through which behavioral (e.g., exercise and diet) and pharmacologic therapies mitigate cardiometabolic disease pathogenesis;
  2. Examining strategies to preserve or enhance muscle mass and function (e.g., muscle strength, muscle quality, and physical performance).


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University, Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, 2011-2014
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), 2010
  • M.S., James Madison University, Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), 2005
  • B.S., University of Illinois, Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), 2003


Rudy Valentine, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. As both a basic and applied exercise physiologist, his work probes into mechanistic pathways to address public health issues relevant for a variety of populations (obesity and aging) and conditions (type 2 diabetes, muscular dystrophy, and CVD). To tackle these challenges, his lab combines basic science with translational human physiology, using a variety of methods, including cell culture, rodent models, and clinical human studies.