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Sarah Witkowski

Associate Professor, Smith College

Our laboratory investigates circulating and resident cell types that have angiogenic potential including hematopoietic stem cells, monocytes, fibroblasts, and pericytes.

Sarah Witkowski is an exercise physiologist whose research focuses on cardiovascular physiology. The overall goal of her research is to understand the cells and signals that promote blood vessel health, repair and regeneration. Recently, she has investigated female-specific conditions, such as menopause, that increase risk for cardiovascular disease and the role that physical activity and fitness play to alter the female risk trajectory.

Learn more at the Molecular and Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory website: people.umass.edu/switkows/Laboratory_Home.html


Academic Background

  • BS College of William and Mary, 1995
  • MS University of Delaware, 2000
  • PhD University of Maryland, 2008
  • Postdoctoral Training University of Maryland, 2010
Serviente C, Tuomainen TP, Virtanen J, Witkowski S, Niskanen L, Bertone-Johnson E. Follicle-stimulating hormone is associated with lipids in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2019 May;26(5):540-545. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001273. PubMed PMID: 30562316; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6483826.
Serviente C, Witkowski S. Follicle-stimulating hormone, but not cardiorespiratory fitness, is associated with flow-mediated dilation with advancing menopausal stage. Menopause. 2019 May;26(5):531-539. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001267. PubMed PMID: 30489425; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6483873.
Serviente C, Burnside A, Witkowski S. Moderate-intensity exercise reduces activated and apoptotic endothelial microparticles in healthy midlife women. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2019 Jan 1;126(1):102-110. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00420.2018. Epub 2018 Sep 20. PubMed PMID: 30236051; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6383638.
Witkowski S, Serviente C. Endothelial dysfunction and menopause: is exercise an effective countermeasure?. Climacteric. 2018 Jun;21(3):267-275. doi: 10.1080/13697137.2018.1441822. Epub 2018 Mar 15. Review. PubMed PMID: 29542349.
Hayes KL, Messina LM, Schwartz LM, Yan J, Burnside AS, Witkowski S. Type 2 diabetes impairs the ability of skeletal muscle pericytes to augment postischemic neovascularization in db/db mice. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2018 May 1;314(5):C534-C544. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00158.2017. Epub 2018 Jan 10. PubMed PMID: 29351404; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6008064.
Ribeiro F, Ribeiro IP, Gonçalves AC, Alves AJ, Melo E, Fernandes R, Costa R, Sarmento-Ribeiro AB, Duarte JA, Carreira IM, Witkowski S, Oliveira J. Effects of resistance exercise on endothelial progenitor cell mobilization in women. Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 19;7(1):17880. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-18156-6. PubMed PMID: 29259281; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5736626.
Witkowski S, Serviente C. Changing Sex Hormones Represent a Cardiovascular Disadvantage for Aging Women. Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2017 Apr;45(2):57. doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000108. PubMed PMID: 28306677.
Contact Info

Sarah Witkowski, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Exercise & Sport Studies

405 Scott Building

Smith College

102 Lower College La.

Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 413-585-4555