Andrew Shanely


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Missouri, Columbia
    July 2006
  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    Emphasis: Exercise Physiology
    December 2002
  • Master of Arts in Exercise Science - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
    Emphasis: Exercise Physiology
    December 1996
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education - California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
    January 1993

Teaching Specialties

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Muscle Biology
  • Respiratory Physiology

Current Teaching

  • ES 3002 Exercise Physiology
  • ES 3003 Exercise Physiology Laboratory 
  • ES 3005 Advanced Physiological Assessment
  • ES 5622 Skeletal Muscle Physiology 

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • American Physiological Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine, Southeastern Chapter
  • Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research

Laboratory Affiliation

  • Integrative Muscle Physiology Lab
  • Neuromuscular Laboratory

Research Interests

My research objective is to understand molecular and cellular regulation of skeletal muscle physiology and health across the life span.  

  • Sarcopenia (the age related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function)
  • Skeletal muscle atrophy
  • Inactivity-induced oxidative stress 
  • Exercise-induced muscle damage
  • Skeletal muscle density and its relation to health 

Current Research Project

  • Examining the relationship between skeletal muscle strength, power and intramuscular fat in healthy adults


Selected Publications 

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Zwetsloot KA, Shanely RA, Godwin JS, Hodgman CF. Phytoecdysteroids Accelerate Recovery of Skeletal Muscle Function Following In Vivo Eccentric Contraction-Induced Injury in Adult and Old Mice.  Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences; 2:757789, doi: 10.3389/fresc.2021.757789; Special Issue: Exercise and Aging with Musculoskeletal Conditions

Lawrence MM, Zwetsloot KA, Arthur ST, Sherman CA, Huot JR, Badmaev V, Grace M, Lila MA, Nieman DC, Shanely RA. Phytoecdysteroids do not have anabolic effects in skeletal muscle in sedentary aging mice. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 18, 370, 2021; Special Issue: Regulation of Muscle Mass, Exercise, Metabolism

Godwin JS, Hodgman CF, Needle AR, Zwetsloot KA, Shanely RA. Whole-body Heat Shock Accelerates Recovery from Impact-Induced Skeletal Muscle Damage in Mice. Conditioning Medicine, 2(4): 184-191, 2020

Shanely RA**, Zwetsloot JJ**, Jurrissen TJ, Carson LT, Needle AR, Zwetsloot KA, Bishop A, Wu G, Perkins-Veazie P. Expression of systemic markers of atherosclerosis in overweight, postmenopausal women following daily watermelon consumption for six weeks: A randomized controlled trial. **Authors contributed equally to this work. Nutrition Research, 76:9-19, 2020

Shanely RA, Nieman DC, Perkins-Veazie P, Henson DA, Meaney MP, Knab AM, Cialdella-Kam L, Sha W. Comparison of Watermelon and Carbohydrate Beverage on Exercise-Induced Alterations in Systemic Inflammation, Immune Dysfunction, and Plasma Antioxidant Capacity. nutrients, 2016, 8(8), 518; Special Edition: Nutrition, Health and Athletic Performance

Nieman DC, Shanely RA, Zwetsloot KA, Meaney MP, Farris GE. Ultrasonic assessment of exercise-induced change in skeletal muscle glycogen content. BMC Sports Science, Medicine, and Rehabilitation. 7:9, 2015

Arthur ST, Zwetsloot KA, Lawrence MM, Nieman DC, Lila MA, Grace MH, Howden R, Cooley ID, Tkach JF, Keith MD, Demick JL, Blanton SE, Greiner RS, Bradley AM, Davenport ME, Badmaev VE, Shanely RA. Ajuga turkestanica increases Notch and Wnt signaling in aged skeletal muscle. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 18:2584-92, 2014

Shanely RA, Zwetsloot KA, Triplett NT, Meaney MP, Farris GE, Nieman DC. Human skeletal muscle biopsy procedures using the modified Bergström technique. J. Vis. Exp. 91, e51812, 2014

Zwetsloot KA, Casey SJ, Battista RA, Shanely RA. High intensity interval training induces a modest systemic inflammatory response in active, young men. J Inflamm Res. 7:9-17, 2014

Shanely RA, Nieman DC, Knab AM, Meaney MP, Jin F, Cialdella-Kam L, Gillitt ND. Influence of vitamin D mushroom powder on exercise-induced muscle damage in vitamin D insufficient high school athletes. J Sports Sci. 32:670-9, 2014

Shanely RA, Nieman DC, Zwetsloot KA, Knab AM, Imagita H, Luo B, Davis B, Zubeldia JM. Evaluation of the effects of Rhodiola rosea supplementation in skeletal muscle damage and inflammation following a competitive marathon. Brain, Behavior, Immun. 39:204-10, 2014

Title: Professor, PhD, Exercise Physiology, Graduate Faculty

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6319

Fax: (828) 262-3138

Office address
Leon Levine Hall 412B