January 14, 2015
The article, titled “Human skeletal muscle metabolic economy in vivo: effects of contraction intensity, age, and mobility impairment”, was published in the American Journal of Physiology. It details research into whether muscle in older individuals has greater metabolic economy than that of younger subjects. Co-authors included Kent and lab members Anita D. Christie , Ph.D. ’11, doctoral candidate Jacob P. DeBlois , Ryan G. Larsen, Ph.D. ’11, and postdoctoral fellow Anne Tonson, PhD. A member of the faculty since 2000, Kent researches investigates human skeletal muscle function and fatigue – particularly how the mechanisms of fatigue vary depending upon age, gender, chronic health status and habitual physical activity level. Kent received her Ph.D. from University of Southern California after getting her M.A. and B.A. from California State University, Long Beach.