Montana State University

Health & Human Development

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540

Tel: (406) 994-3242
Fax: (406) 994-2013
Location: 218 Herrick Hall

HHD Undergraduate Advising Office

Tel: (406) 994-4001
Fax: (406) 994-6314
Location: 121 Hosaeus PE Complex

Department of Health & Human Development

KIN 105 Foundations of Exercise Science
NUTR 411 Nutrition for Sports and Exercise
NUTR 421 Macronutrient Metabolism
NUTR 511 Exercise Metabolism and Health


Mary Miles, PhD

Professor, Health and Human Performance

20 Herrick Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540 | 406.994.6678

Programs and Research Projects

My research is aimed at lowering disease risk by working to understand the factors that influence risk and strategies to lower variables that promote risk.  Inflammation plays an active part in the development of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  While delaying the onset of chronic diseases relating to inflammation is an important means of enhancing well-being, the onset of these diseases occurs and younger and younger ages as obesity, physical inactivity, stresses, and other factors relating to lifestyle become more prevalent.  I am particularly interested in how physical activity, diet, stress, and anthropometric variables such as location and amount of body fat influence inflammation and related metabolic variables.

  • Influence of genetics on the response to exercise and nutrition
  • Control of exercise-induced inflammation
  • Inflammation and risk for development of atherosclerosis
  • Response of muscle to decreased use
Specialties and Interests
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Exercise metabolism and physiology