Sarah J. Willis
Teaching Assistant Professor
What I do
I teach upper level undergraduate courses in the Physiology in Exercise and Disease program, along with graduate courses in physiology aimed towards clinical exercise physiology (along with high altitude physiology and cardiopulmonary physiology).
Physiology, blood flow restriction, altitude
Along the way she developed a passion for research with the integration of physiological and biomechanical fields. She has gained an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in a short time span and with that has more than 35 publications with experience mentoring many master students.
She is a recent addition to the Department of Biology at the University of Denver and is looking forward to this new chapter as she enjoys the learning process and the challenge of sharing knowledge effectively. She is particularly skilled in the laboratory and will be managing the new physiology lab.
- Ph.D., Life Sciences, University of Lausanne, 2019
- MS, Exercise Physiology, Montana State University, 2010
- BA, Health Fitness, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2008
The problems to explore in this area of research include investigating best practices in protocol selection and optimal pressure settings (specifically regarding the effects of pressure, cuff width, and exercise intensity) for various purposes, and how to prescribe and facilitate blood flow restriction to each population of interest (especially important for clinical patients).
Areas of Research