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Stephen LoRusso Ph.D.

Stephen LoRusso

Title: Coordinator of Exercise Physiology Program, Professor of Physical Therapy
School: Health Sciences
Academic Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: 814-472-3853
E-mail: slorusso@francis.edu
Office Location: Stokes Athletic Center 229
Additional Contact Information: fax: 814-472-3140

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Temple University
  • MA, Psychology, Temple University
  • PhD, Exercise Physiology, Temple University
  • Post-Doctoral Cell Biology, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine

Biography

Research & Teaching Activities

Research Interests

  • Myofibrilgenesis of Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle
  • Cardiac Hypertrophy
  • Epidemiology of Physical Activity

Teaching Activities

  • PHTH 300 Exercise Physiology
  • PHTH 400 Human Gross Anatomy
  • PHTH 402 Neuroscience 1
  • PHTH 553 Special Topic: Advanced Dissection- Anatomy/Neuroanatomy
  • NEURO 279 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • NEURO 450 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Neuroscience
  • EXPH 101 Introduction to Exercise Physiology
  • EXPH 310 Exercise Physiology IICORE 102 Obesity in America
  • CORE 402 Senior Capstone: Are decisions in Science Pure?
Grant Activities

External

  • The K-12 Anatomy Workshop at SFU. Submitted to the American Association of Anatomists, Bethesda MD Spring 2002. Primary Investigator. Funded for $1500.00
  • Acquisition of equipment for a cell culture facility with fluorescent microscopy to study myofibrillogenesis in the departments of physical therapy and biology. Submitted with Dr. John Trimble, Department of Biology to the National Science Foundation , 2001. Project cost $78,750.00. Not Funded.
  • The K-12 Anatomy Workshop at SFC. Submitted to the American Association of Anatomists, Bethesda MD Spring 2001. Primary Investigator. Funded for $2500.00
  • The effects of population dynamics on environmental awareness: The Laurel Highlands area surrounding SFC. Submitted to the Lancey Foundation for funding in summer 2001. Project Coordinator with Dr. Sue Morra and Mr. Mark Lynch.(Not funded)
  • The K-12 Anatomy Workshop at SFC. Submitted to the American Association of Anatomists, Bethesda MD Spring 2004. Primary Investigator. Not Funded
  • Methylmercury and the Health of Local Anglers and Waterways (2007). To the Wal-Mart foundation, $3,000.00 not funded.
  • Developing an interventional educational project to study and address the health and wellness issues of sportsmen/women in the rural Allegheny Highlands region of Central Pennsylvania. Submitted with Dr. Lane Loya to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations Vulnerable Populations Section (2008) $68,880.00 Not Funded
  • The Anatomy Challenge: How is it constructed, and how does it work? Submitted to the American Assoication of Anatomists (2008), $1700.00 Primary Investigator Funded.

Internal

  • The accumulation of non-muscle myosin IIb in response to treatment with Angiotensin II. In collaboration with Student Adijat Abass, and submitted to the Undergraduate Research Discussion Group (URDG). funded by the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) 1999 for $500.
  • The effects of oral contraceptives on exercise performance and metabolic markers of intensity. In collaboration with MPT2 student, Anthony Vecchio, and submitted to the Undergraduate Research Discussion Group. (not funded)
  • Methylmercury and the Health of Local Anglers and Waterways. In collaboration with Dr. Lane Loya, Department of Biology, Saint Francis University Excellence in Education Grant, $1,000. Funded, April 2006.
  • Methylmercury and the Health of Local Anglers and Waterways. In collaboration with Dr. Lane Loya, Department of Biology, Saint Francis University Excellence in Education Grant, $1,000. Renewed Funding, April 2007.
Professional Activities

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • American Association of Anatomists
  • American Association for Advancement of Science

Professional Meetings Attended

  • American Association of Anatomists - Philadelphia, PA, 1990
  • University of Pennsylvania Annual Cell Biology Retreat - 1990, 1991
  • American Society for Cell Biology - 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2001
  • American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting: 2006
  • American College of Sports Medicine Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
  • Project Kaleidoscope: Interdisciplinary Connections
    Neuroscience, Oberlin College, 1998
    Trinity College 2001
  • Experimental Biology (FASEB) 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004
    The American Association of Anatomists
  • American Physiological Society Intersociety Meeting:
    The Integrative Biology of Exercise, Portland, ME, Sept. 2000
  • The American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections meeting - 2001, 2004, 2005
Papers & Presentations

Poster Presentations/Abstracts (* involved Undergraduates in Research)

  • Rooney, T.P., G.S. Ellis, J.A. McCall, S.M. LoRusso and Z.V. Kendrick (1989) Effect of a Pharmacologic Dose of Estradiol on Exercise induced Tissue Glycogen Metabolism and Lipid Availability. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 22(2), S81.
  • McCall J.A., T.P. Rooney, S.M. LoRusso, N.B. Kendrick and Z.V. Kendrick. (1989) The Effect of Physiologic Estradiol on Tissue Glycogen Metabolism During Exercise in Male, Sprague-Dawley Rats. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 22(2), S81.
  • LoRusso, S.M., K. Imahaka-Yoshida, H. Shuman., J.M. Sanger and J.W. Sanger. (1990) Incorporation of Fluorescently Labeled Contractile Proteins into Freshley Isolated Living Adult Cardiac Myocytes. Journal of Cell Biology, 111, 5(2), 38A. (30th Annual Mtg. Of ASCB)
  • LoRusso, S.M., J.M. Sanger, and J.W. Sanger. (1991) Formation of Nascent Myofibrils Occurs Near the Cell Surfaces of the Lamellipodia of Spreading Adult Cardiac Myocytes.Journal of Cell Biology, 115, 3(2), 178a. (31st Mtg. of The American Society for Cell Biology; ASCB)
  • Sanger, J.W., S. M. LoRusso, D. Rhee, and J. M. Sanger. (1994) Evidence for Premyofibrils in Adult Cardiac Myocytes. Molecular Biology of the Cell. Vol. 5 Supplement,165a. *
  • Campanero, C., C. Kutch, R. Stuart, K.E. Walker and S. M. LoRusso. (1996) Effects of Angiotensin II on Adaptation to Culture, Growth and Myofibrillogenesis in Isolated Adult Rat and Embryonic Chick Cardiac Myocytes. Molecular Biology of the Cell, Vol. 7 Supplement, 531a. (35th Mtg. Of ASCB) *
  • Abass, A. and S.M. LoRusso. (1999) Accumulation of Myosin IIb in Isolated Chick Cardiac Myocytes in response to treatment with Angiotensin II. Molecular Biology of The Cell, Vol 10 Supplement, 168a. (39th Annual Meeting of The ASCB, Washington D.C. *
  • LoRusso S.M. and Z.V. Kendrick. (2000) Effects of Low and High Doses of 17 b Estradiol on Glycogen and FFA use and availabilty during a two hour sub-maximal treadmill run in male rats. The Physiologist, Vol 43, #4, 330a. (Presented at the 2000 American Physiological Society Intersociety meeting on the Integrative Biology of Exercise, Portland ME, Sept. 2000).
  • LoRusso, S.M., SS Fisher, NE Hammond, CC Kindel, SM Love, TP Porter, MJ Strucko and PI Fitzgerald. (2001) A neuroanatomy dissection special topics class as a tool for teaching and creating teaching and learning modules for first year professional phase PT students. Presented at the APTA combined sections meeting in San Antonio, TX, Feb. 2001. *
  • LoRusso, S.M., Cook, A and Rush, J.A. A hands on exercise to facilitate learning musculoskeletal anatomy in a physical therapy program.(2001) The FASEB Journal, Vol 15#5 pt II; #544.21Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Federations of the American Societies for Experimental Biology, (EB) April, 2001, Orlando, FL. *
  • LoRusso, S.M., G.M. Jawahar and L. Larsson. (2001) Presence of pre-myofibrils and non-muscle myosin IIb in single adult human skeletal muscle fibers from normal and acute quadriplegic myopathy patients. Molecular Biology of the Cell Vol 12 supp, 40a.Presented at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology meeting, Dec.8-12, 2001. *
  • Knor, A., I.West, B. Wilferd and S.M. LoRusso. Leisure time physical activity patterns of students, staff and faculty at a small rural college. Presented at the 24 the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Nov 2 & 3, 2001, Bushkill PA. *
  • LoRusso, S.M., M. Langer, M. Passanita and Fitzgerald, PI. High School students and teachers reactions to a two day cadaver anatomy workshop. The FASEB Journal, Vol 16, #4, part I. March 2002. #323.4 Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Federations of the American Societies for Experimental Biology, New Orleans, LA, April 2002.
  • LoRusso, S.M. Student construction and use of models in gross musculoskeletal anatomy and neuroanatomy. Accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Federations of American Societies for Experimental Biology, San Diego CA. April, 2003. Withdrawn due to schedule conflict.
  • LoRusso, S.M. Use of student constructed 3 dimensional models in Neuroscience I to illustrate neuroanatomical structures and relationships. Presented at the 2004 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, TN.
  • LoRusso, S.M., P Fitzgerald, M Langer and M Passanita. Two and three year follow up of high school student and teacher participants in a two day cadaver anatomy workshop. The FASEB Journal, Vol 18, #4, part I. March 2004 #300.3. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Federations of the American Societies for Experimental Biology, Washington, DC April 2004.

Invited Scientific and Professional Presentations

  • Use of Fluorescent Probes in the Study of Myofibrillogenesis. Widener University Department of Biology, Chester, PA, Nov. 1992.
  • Myofibrillogenesis: Mechanism for Hypertrophy. Central Michigan University, Department of Exercise Science, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Feb., 1997.
  • The EKG. The Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center, Altoona, PA May 1999, 2000, 2001.
  • Health Risks in a Sample of Deer Hunters: BMI, Blood Pressure and Physical Activity. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Harrisburg, PA November, 2005.

Refereed Papers

  • LoRusso, S.M., K. Imanaka-Yoshida, H. Shuman, J. M. Sanger and J. W. Sanger (1992)Incorporation of Fluorescently Labeled Contractile Proteins into Freshly Isolated Living Adult Cardiac Myocytes. Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton. 21:111-122.
  • T.P. Rooney, S.V. Kendrick, J. Carlson, G.S. Ellis, B. Matakevich, S.M. LoRusso and J. A. McCall. (1993) Effect of Estradiol on the Temporal Pattern of Exercise-induced Tissue Glycogen Depletion in Male Rats. Journal of Applied Physiology 75(4): 1502-1506.
  • LoRusso, S.M., D. Rhee, J. M. Sanger and J. W. Sanger, (1997)Premyofibrils in Spreading Adult Cardiomyocytes in Tissue Culture: Evidence for Re-expression of the Embryonic Program for Myofibrillogenesis in Adult Cells. Cell Motility and Cytoskeleton. 37:183-198.
  • LoRusso, S.M. The Effects of a Physiologic and Pharmacologic Dose of Estrogen on Exercise induced Myocardial Carbohydrate and Lipid Metabolism in Male Rats. (In Preparation)
  • LoRusso, S.M. Health risks in a sample of deer hunters in Pennsylvania: BMI, Blood Pressure and Physical Activity. (In preparation)
  • Ridout, S.J., LoRusso, S.M. and Proctor, D.P. Feasibility of a single limb Postassium 40 (K40) detector for the determination of limb skeletal muscle mass. (In preparation)

Presentations (Internal)

  • Science Day: Be Fit Don't Quit, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Cadaver Anatomy for High School students, 2003
  • Obesity in America, 2004
  • The EKG and the heart beat, 2005

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