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Limberg Lab

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

Lab Staff

Dain, Dr. Limberg, Jennifer, Roslyn, Patrick, Elizabeth, Janavi

*Interested in being a research participant? Want to participate in undergraduate research? Thinking about going to graduate school? Please contact us at

Help Us Learn About Type 2 Diabetes!

Participate in a research study examining how diabetes changes the way the nervous system controls blood pressure.

  • Men & Women with Type 2 Diabetes
  • 18-65 years old
  • Insulin & diabetes medications okay
  • Monetary compensation provided
  • Two short research visits with flexible scheduling

For more information, contact: Jennifer Harper at

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insulin and needle
Healthy Volunteers Needed for Sleep Apnea and Blood Pressure Study!

Volunteers needed for study designed to learn about sleep apnea and blood pressure in young women.

  • Healthy men & women 18-45 years old
  • Not using hormonal birth control
  • One 1-hour screen visit
  • One 3-hour research visit (men)
  • Two 3-hour research visits (women)
  • Individual study measurements & financial compensation provided
women and alarm clock

For more information, contact: Jennifer Harper at

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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.

in the lab

Jacqueline LimbergJacqueline (Jackie) Limberg, PhD
Assistant Professor
Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
204 Gwynn Hall

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.

Janavi Patel

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.

For a complete list of published work, see MyBibliography.