Health & Human Development

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Mary Miles, PhD

Mary Miles

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