Christopher Martens Headshot CHRISTOPHER MARTENS, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory
University of Colorado at Boulder

Personal Statement

The number of older adults in the United States is expected to double by the year 2050, resulting in a new epidemic of age-related disability and associated healthcare costs. Treatments designed to slow the progression of aging itself, are likely to be more effective at reducing the age-associated decline in physiological function than targeting individual age-related diseases. My postdoctoral research in the Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory is related to the identification of novel lifestyle and dietary (nutraceutical) interventions to delay or reverse the age-associated decline in physiological function, increase "healthspan", and promote healthy aging.

Education

2009-2014

  • Ph.D. Applied Physiology
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Dissertation: L-arginine transport and endothelial dysfunction in chronic kidney disease: The role of exercise
  • Advisor: David G. Edwards

2005-2009

  • B.S. Exercise Science
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Concentration: Exercise Physiology
  • Minor: Biological Sciences

Experience

2009-2014

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2009-2011

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2008-2009

  • Research Contractor, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
  • Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division
  • Natick, MA

Professional Development

2009

  • Rat & Mouse Microsurgical Workshop
  • Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Wake Forrest Medical School, Winston-Salem, NC

2011

  • O'Brien Center Rodent Kidney Physiology/Injury Workshop
  • VA San Diego Healthcare System
  • University of California, San Diego, CA

Professional Memberships

2009-

  • American College of Sports Medicine

2010-

  • American Physiological Society

2010-

  • American Heart Association

2011-2013

  • American Society of Nephrology

Honors & Awards

2010

  • Doctoral Student Investigator Award
  • American College of Sports Medicine- Mid Atlantic Chapter

2012

  • Professional Development Award
  • Office of Graduate and Professional Education, University of Delaware

2012

  • University Graduate Fellowship, University of Delaware

2013

  • Dissertation Fellowship, University of Delaware

2013

  • Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellbrandt Professional Opportunity Award
  • The American Physiological Soceity

Funding

2011-2012

  • American College of Sports Medicine Doctoral Student Research Grant
  • Exercise and Vascular Function in Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Role: PI

2014-

  • University of Colorado T32 Training Grant (5T32AG000279-12)
  • Integrative Physiology of Aging
  • Division of Geriatric Medicine
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine

Recent Publications

Kuczmarski, J.M., Martens, C.R., Kim, J., Lennon-Edwards, S., Edwards, D.G. Cardiac function is preserved following 4 Weeks of voluntary wheel running in a rodent model of chronic kidney disease. J. Appl. Physiol. 2014. Article in press.

Martens, C.R., Kuczmarski, J.M., Kim, J., Guers, J.J., Harris, M.B., Lennon-Edwards, S., Edwards, D.G. Voluntary wheel running augments aortic L-arginine transport and endothelial function in rats with chronic kidney disease. Am. J. Physiol Renal Physiol. 2014. Article in press. PubMed

Kuczmarski, J.M., Martens, C.R., Lennon-Edwards, S., Edwards, D.G. Cardiac Function and Tolerance to Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in Chronic Kidney Disease. Neph. Dial. Transplant. 2013. Epub ahead of print. PubMed

Martens, C.R., Kuczmarski, J.M., Lennon-Edwards, S., Edwards, D.G. Impaired L-arginine uptake but not arginase contributes to endothelial dysfunction in rats with chronic kidney disease. J. Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2014. 61(1):40-8. PubMed

Martens, C.R., Edwards, D.G. Peripheral Vascular Function in Chronic Kidney Disease. Cardiology Research & Practice. vol. 2011, article ID 267257, 9 pages, 2011. doi 10.4061/2011/267257. PubMed