Melissa Puppa, PhD

Associate Professor

Fieldhouse 306
Office Hours
By appointment
Melissa Puppa

About Melissa Puppa

Melissa Puppa, PhD earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Roanoke College in Salem, VA, and received her doctorate degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina where she focused on understanding how exercise can prevent cancer-induced muscle wasting in the presence of systemic inflammation. She went on to do her postdoctoral training in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where her work focused on the impact of skeletal muscle transcription factors on systemic aging and lifespan.

Dr. Puppa's research interests are largely focused on effects of exercise on skeletal muscle plasticity during cachexia and aging. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the mechanisms through which exercise induced myokines effect skeletal muscle mitochondrial function to prevent aging and disease induced muscle loss. Outside of the lab, she is a member of both the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the American Physiological Society.


PhD Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology)– School of Public Health, University of South Carolina – 2014
BS Biology – Roanoke College, Salem, VA - 2008