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Mary Miles, PhD

Mary Miles

Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

Health & Human Performance

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

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.  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.

  • Identifying how nutrition and exercise may be strategically coupled to maximize metabolic and anti-inflammatory benefits for health and disease prevention
  • Control of exercise-induced inflammation
  • Inflammation and risk for development of atherosclerosis
  • Interactions among the gut microbiome, inflamation processes, nutrition, and exercise

Specialties and Interests

  • Exercise, nutrition, and metabolic health
  • The gut microbiome
  • Exercise metabolism and physiology


  • Miles MP, LC Horrigan, SE Jay, KM Brown, JW Porter, AN Steward. Concentric and eccentric exercise, glycemic responses to a post-exercise meal, and inflammation in women with high versus low waist circumference. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 41:1262-1270, 2016. DOI: PMID: 27841026
  • Miles MP, JM Keller, LK Kordick, and JR Kidd.  Basal, diurnal, and acute inflammation in normal versus overweight men.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44:2290-2298, 2012.
  • Kirwan RD, LK Kordick, S McFarland, D Lancaster, K Clark, and MP Miles.  Dietary, anthropometric, blood lipid, and performance patterns of college football players during 8 weeks of training.   International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 22(6):444-451, 2012.
  • Seip RL, RF Zoeller, TJ Angelopoulos, J Salonia, C Bilbie, NM Moyna, MP Miles, PS Visich, LS Pescatello, PM Gordon, G Tsongalis, L Bausserman, PD Thompson. Interactive effects of APOE haplotype, sex, and exercise on postheparin plasma lipase activities.  Journal of Applied Physiology, 110(4):1021-1028, 2011.
  • Miles MP, CM Depner, RD Kirwan, and SJ Frederickson. Influence of macronutrient intake and anthropometric characteristics on plasma insulin after eccentric exercise. Metabolism, Clinical and Experimental, 59:1456-1464, 2010.
  • Depner CM, RD Kirwan, SJ Frederickson, and MP Miles. Enhanced inflammation with high carbohydrate intake during recovery from eccentric exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 109(6):1067-1076, 2010.
  • Miles MP, JM Andring, SD Pearson, LK Gordon, C Kasper, CM Depner, and JR Kidd. Diurnal variation, response to eccentric exercise, and association of inflammatory mediators with muscle damage variables. Journal of Applied Physiology,104(2):451-458, 2008.
  • Angelopoulos TJ, MP Miles, J Lowndes, SA Sivo, RL Seip, LS Pescatello, RF Zoeller, PS Visich, PM Gordon, NM Moyna, and PD Thompson. Apolipoprotein E genotype and sex influence C-reactive protein levels regardless of exercise training status. Metabolism, Clinical and Experimental 57:1204-1210, 2008.
  • Miles MP, SD Pearson, JM Andring, JR Kidd, and SL Volpe. Effect of carbohydrate intake during recovery from eccentric exercise on interleukin-6 and muscle damage markers. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 17(6):507-520, 2007.
  • Miles MP, EE Walker, SB Conant, SP Hogan, and JR Kidd. Carbohydrate influences interleukin-6 but not C-reactive protein or creatine kinase following a 32-km mountain trail race. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 16(1):36-46, 2006.
  • Thompson PD, GJ Tsongalis, RL Seip, C Bilbie, M Miles, R Zoeller, P Visich, P Gordon, T Angelopoulos, L Pescatello, L Bausserman, and N Moyna. Apolipoprotein E genotype and changes in serum lipids and maximal oxygen uptake with exercise training. Metabolism, 53:193-202, 2004.
  • Ahluwalia N, AM Mastro, R Ball, MP Miles, R Rajendra, and G Handte. Cytokine production by stimulated mononuclear cells did not change with aging in apparently healthy, well-nourished women. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, 122:1269-1279, 2001.
  • Miles MP, SK Leach, WJ Kraemer, K Dohi, JA Bush, and AM Mastro. Leukocyte adhesion molecule expression during intense resistance exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology 84(5):1604-9, 1998.