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
Limberg Lab Spring
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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.
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.
I’m an undergraduate student in Biochemistry, I’m from St. Louis, MO and I plan on pursuing research in my professional career. I love cooking, playing volleyball, and making coffee!
Dain W. Jacob, MS
I’m a doctoral student who loves science and research. In my free time I enjoy cooking, making jokes, and spending time with my dog.
I am an undergraduate double majoring in Biological Sciences and Psychology with aspirations of going to medical school. I am originally from Chicago, IL and I love watching movies and trying new food in my free time.
Brian Shariffi, MS, CSCS
I’m a second-year PhD student from Southern California. When I’m not in the lab you can find me at Chipotle, in the weight room, or out on the soccer field.
I am an undergraduate student pursuing a pre-med path. I enjoy fantasy football, Greek life, and working out.
I am an undergraduate majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology in the pre-med track. I am from the Philippines and moved to America when I was 14. I can speak 3 languages fluently: Tagalog, Itawis, & English. In my spare time, I love watching documentaries and listening to podcasts.
I am an undergraduate majoring in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in human and translational sciences. My goal is go to PA school. I am from Aurora, IL and I love watching movies and reading in my spare time.
I’m a senior from O’Fallon, Missouri studying Nutrition & Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Biology. After Undergrad, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology to become a Professor.
I’m a biology major from Houston, Texas. My goal is to be a plastic surgeon, so as a premed student, I’m exposing myself to the amazing world of research. When I’m not studying, I enjoy cooking and traveling in my spare time!
Elizabeth P. Ott, MS
Originally from Cincinnati, OH, I graduated with an MS from Mizzou in 2019. Currently I am a clinical research supervisor for the Memory and Aging Center at University of New Mexico.
- Congrats to Eric, Clayton and Brian for recent 2021 research awards!
- Dain Jacob recently received 2nd place for his presentation at the Mizzou Annual Research and Creative Activities Forum.
- Dain Jacob awarded second place in Category II Clinical Posters at MU Health Sciences Research Day 2020.
- Elizabeth Ott won 3rd place with her poster presentation at Health Sciences Research day.
- Elizabeth Ott was awarded the 2019 Environmental and Exercise Physiology (EEP) CANTROL Environmental Systems Research Award for Experimental Biology 2019.
- Dain Jacob won 3rd place for his poster presentation at 2019 Cardiovascular Day.
- Dain Jacob was awarded the 2019 APS Horwitz and Horowitz Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award.
- Elizabeth Ott was recently awarded a Central States ACSM research grant for work on her masters thesis.
- Dain Jacob was awarded the 2020 Environmental and Exercise Physiology (EEP) CANTROL Environmental Systems Research Award for Experimental Biology 2020.
- Congratulations to undergraduate student Clayton Ivie for receipt of the 2019 Scholastic Achievement Award. Clayton was also awarded “Outstanding Poster Presentation for Physiology & Pharmacology” at the 2019 ABRCMS Conference.
- Data Collection & Analysis in Human Autonomic Research: How to Guide Successful Testing
- Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, New Chapter
- Assessment of resistance vessel function in human skeletal muscle (Podcast)
- 2019 Cardiovascular Day Presentation “Carotid body chemoreceptors and neurovascular control in humans”
- 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)