Christopher Martens Headshot CHRISTOPHER MARTENS, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory
University of Colorado Boulder

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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

2014-
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Integrative Physiology
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
2009-2014
Research Assistant, Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
2009-2011
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

2011
O'Brien Center Rodent Kidney Physiology/Injury Workshop
VA San Diego Healthcare System
University of California, San Diego, CA
2009
Rat & Mouse Microsurgical Workshop
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Wake Forrest Medical School, Winston-Salem, NC

Professional Memberships

2009-
American College of Sports Medicine
2010-
American Physiological Society
2010-
American Heart Association
2011-2013
American Society of Nephrology

Honors & Awards

2013
Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellbrandt Professional Opportunity Award
The American Physiological Society
2013
Dissertation Fellowship, University of Delaware
2012
University Graduate Fellowship, University of Delaware
2012
Professional Development Award
Office of Graduate and Professional Education, University of Delaware
2010-
Doctoral Student Investigator Award
American College of Sports Medicine- Mid Atlantic Chapter

Extramural Funding

  • "Nicotinamide Riboside Supplementation for Improving Physiological Function in Older Adults"
  • PI: Martens
  • Agency: American Federation of Aging Research (Glenn/AFAR)
  • Type: Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Period: 2015-2016
  • "Integrative Physiology of Aging Institutional Training Grant"
  • PI: Schwartz
  • Agency: NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • Type: T32 AG00027912
  • Period: 2014-2015
  • "Exericse and Vascular Function in Chronic Kidney Disease"
  • PI: Martens
  • Agency: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Type: Foundation Grant
  • Period: 2012-2013

Recent Publications

  • Kuczmarski, JM, Martens, CR, Kim, J, Lennon-Edwards, S, Edwards, DG. Cardiac function is preserved following 4 Weeks of voluntary wheel running in a rodent model of chronic kidney disease. J. Appl. Physiol. 2014. 117(5):482-91.PubMed
  • Martens, CR, Kuczmarski, JM, Kim, J, Guers, JJ, Harris, MB, Lennon-Edwards, S, Edwards, DG. Voluntary wheel running augments aortic L-arginine transport and endothelial function in rats with chronic kidney disease. Am. J. Physiol Renal Physiol. 2014. 307(4):F418-26. PubMed
  • Kuczmarski, JM, Martens, CR, Lennon-Edwards, S, Edwards, DG. Cardiac Function and Tolerance to Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in Chronic Kidney Disease. Neph. Dial. Transplant. 2014. 29(8):1514-24. PubMed
  • Martens, CR, Kuczmarski, JM, Lennon-Edwards, S, Edwards, DG. 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, CR, Edwards, DG. Peripheral Vascular Function in Chronic Kidney Disease. Cardiology Research & Practice. 2011 2011, 2011:267257. PubMed