Dr. Limberg is interested in mechanisms that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease in obese individuals and interventions that can reverse and/or prevent cardiovascular disease risk. Dr. Limberg is currently studying how blood flow and blood pressure are modulated by the nervous system in human obesity and related conditions, the effect of pharmacological and non-pharmacological (e.g. exercise) interventions, and how these factors may differ between men and women.
Specific areas of interest include:
- Mechanisms of sympathoexcitation in human obesity
- Neural control of blood flow and blood pressure
- Effect of exercise in neurovascular control
- Sex differences in cardiovascular regulation
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Dr. Limberg studies human integrative physiology with a primary focus on the cardiovascular system in human obesity and related conditions. Obesity is a growing problem in the United States, with over 60% of the population classified as overweight or obese. Associated with the rise in obesity is the need to understand: 1) mechanisms that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease in obese individuals, and 2) interventions that can reverse and/or prevent cardiovascular disease risk.
Dr. Limberg completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, studying mechanisms that control blood flow both at rest and during exercise in obese individuals with Metabolic Syndrome. This work focused primarily on how the sympathetic nervous system controls blood flow and blood pressure. During her postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Limberg examined mechanisms by which obese individuals may exhibit high sympathetic nervous system activity. Her current work continues to explore factors that may contribute to sympathetic nervous system overactivity in human obesity and their impact on blood flow, blood pressure, and - more recently - glucose regulation. Dr. Limberg also has interests in understanding how these factors differ between men and women and the impact regular exercise can have on these responses.
Jennifer Harper, Lab Manager and Clinical Research Coordinator
After growing up in rural Missouri, I completed my undergraduate studies at MU and fell in love with research while completing my honors research project in the Department of OB-Gyn & Women’s Health. I recently returned to Missouri after living in Arizona for 4 years. My current responsibilities include anything that will keep the lab running smoothly. This includes ensuring compliance, recruiting human research participants, and ordering supplies. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, camp-fire food, all types of comedy, and spending time with my precious nieces.
Elizabeth P. Ott, BS
Originally from Cincinnati, OH, I recently moved to Missouri to begin my MS in Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri. I graduated from Miami University with a BS in Biological Physics and a BS in Kinesiology in 2016. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling.
Patrick O’Malley, BA
I graduated from DePauw University in 2018 receiving my BA in Kinesiology and a focus in Neuroscience. Native to Granger, IN, I recently moved to Columbia to begin my MS in Exercise Physiology. In my free time, I enjoy weightlifting, cooking, reading, illustrating, rock climbing, biking, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Dain W. Jacob
I am a fourth year Nutrition & Exercise Physiology student born and raised in Columbia, MO. I’m passionate about all things exercise, with an affinity for cycling and Olympic lifting. I can’t get enough of the outdoors, especially with my golden retriever, Beau.
I am currently a third year Pre-Nutrition and Exercise Physiology student from Chicago, IL. In my free time I enjoy volunteering, kick boxing, reading and painting.
- Elizabeth Ott was recently awarded a Central States ACSM research grant for work on her masters thesis! Congrats Elizabeth!!
- Congratulations Patrick O'Malley for being the recipient of the Adaline Hoffman Award for Incoming Graduate Students from the College of Human Environmental Sciences!
- Elizabeth Ott was recently named the Maxine Seabaugh Schade Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year. Congrats Elizabeth!
- Congrats to Dain Jacob for recent receipt of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the American Physiological Society! Dain also received an HES PURE award for the Fall 2018 semester. Great job, Dain!
- Apartment Therapy interview with Dana McMahan
- Breathing Rate and Steady-State Hemodynamics (Podcast)
- Mayo Clinic (Fellow Profile)
- Michael J. Brody Young Investigator Award winner: Dr. Jacqueline Limberg (Award)
- Mayo Clinic Alumni Magazine (Page 28, Award)
- Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (Video Abstract)