Stephen Ratchford


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2016-2019
    • University of Utah, Utah Vascular Research Laboratory
    • Research Experience: Skeletal muscle blood flow regulation across cardiovascular disease spectrum
  • Ph.D., 2012-2016
    • Ball State University, Human Bioenergetics
    • Research Experience: Regulation of skeletal muscle metabolism in response to inflammation, aging, and disuse
  • M.S., 2009-2011
    • University of Oregon, Human Physiology
    • Research Experience: Skeletal muscle metabolism during total knee replacement surgery
  • B.S., 2005-2009
    • University of Illinois – Chicago, Kinesiology

Current Teaching

  • ES 2005: Introduction of Physiological Assessment 
  • ES 3002: Exercise Physiology
  • ES 3005: Advanced Physiological Assessment

Research Interests

  • Muscle Metabolism-Perfusion Laboratory (MMPL)
  • Integrative approach to the study of skeletal muscle metabolism and blood flow regulation
    • Aging and disease (cardiovascular disease spectrum)
    • Surgical and rehabilitative strategies
    • Environmental stress
    • Exercise, nutrition, and pharmaceutical interventions


  • Dr. Steve Ratchford has been involved with NIH funded clinical research, working towards his M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Physiology and Bioenergetics. He has implemented numerous clinical studies in human skeletal muscle metabolism and cardiovascular regulation ranging from surgical remediation and heart failure to aging and spaceflight while utilizing exercise, nutrition, and pharmaceutical interventions alongside academic, clinical, and industry professionals. 
  • Dr. Ratchford looks forward to collaborating with clinicians in a bench-to-bedside manner to better understand the impact of current clinical practice on skeletal muscle metabolism and blood flow regulation among various populations while also applying novel strategies to mitigate symptoms, disease progression, and recovery.

Title: Assistant Professor, PhD, Human Bioenergetics, Graduate Faculty

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7630

Fax: (828) 262-3138

Office address
Leon Levine Hall 444