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Robert Standley, PhD

Dr. Robert Standley is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Translational Research Institute.  His research interests are centered around how aging, obesity and diabetes influence skeletal muscle metabolism and health.  Currently, he is working on developing new methods to examine skeletal muscle insulin resistance and understanding how weight-loss and weight-loss combined with exercise alters skeletal muscle quality and health. 

Prior to becoming a member of the TRI team, Dr. Standley was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh.  His work there focused on investigating the underlying mechanisms behind the higher incidence of obesity and diabetes in African American women compared to Caucasian women and the effects of weight-loss and weight-loss combined with exercise on skeletal muscle health.

Dr. Standley received his doctorate degree in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University in 2012. His training centered on skeletal muscle and tendon adaptations to exercise, aging and microgravity. The primary focus of his work there was to investigate the mechanisms behind how the anti-inflammatory drugs acetaminophen and ibuprofen stimulate muscle growth in older adults after resistance exercise training.

In 2009, Dr. Standley received his M.S. in Exercise and Sports Medicine from Western Michigan University.  His thesis investigated the use of fish oil to reduce the inflammatory response after a damaging bout of exercise.  Dr. Standley earned a B.S. in Kinesiology-Athletic Training in 2007 from San Jose State University.   

Selected Publications

Standley RA, Liu S, Jemiolo B, Trappe SW and Trappe TA.  Prostaglandin E2 induces transcription of skeletal muscle mass regulators interleukin-6 and muscle RING finger-1 in humansProstaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids, 88(5): 361-364, 2013.

Trappe TA, Standley RA, Jemiolo B, Carroll CC and Trappe SW.  Prostaglandin and myokine involvement in the cyclooxygenase-inhibiting drug enhancement of skeletal muscle adaptations to resistance exercise in older adultsAm J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 304: R198-R205, 2013.

Trappe TA, Standley RA, Liu S, Jemiolo B, Trappe SW and Harber MP.  Local anesthetic effects on gene transcription in human skeletal muscle biopsies.  Muscle & Nerve, 48(4): 591-593, 2013.

Lester BE, Standley RA, Lee JD, Fink WJ, Trappe SW and Trappe TA.  Muscle Specific Substrate Use During Cycle Exercise at 1G: Implications For Astronaut Muscle HealthAviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 84(8): 789-796, 2013.   

Standley RA, Harber MP, Lee JD, Konopka AR, Trappe SW and Trappe TA.  Influence of Aerobic Exercise Training on MRI Determined Patellar Tendon Properties in Older WomenScandinavian  Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 23(3): 367-373, 2013.