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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

Limberg Lab Fall 2020

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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 HarperJennifer 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.

Brian Shariffi Brian Shariffi, MS, CSCS

I’m a first 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.

Dain W. JacobDain W. Jacob

I’m a masters student who loves science and research. In my free time I enjoy cooking, making jokes, and spending time with my dog.

Clayton IvieClayton Ivie

I’m a Junior from O’Fallon, Missouri studying Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biology. After Undergrad, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology to become a Professor.

Iman LloydIman Lloyd

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!

Eric ListEric Lis

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.


Elizabeth P. OttElizabeth P. Ott, BS

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.


For a complete list of published work, see MyBibliography.