Mary Jane De Souza
|Institution||College of Health and Human Development|
|Address||104 Noll Lab|
University Park, PA 16802
|Institution||Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences|
|Institution||Center for Reproductive Biology and Health|
Professor of Kinesiology
GRADUATE PROGRAM AFFILIATIONS:
Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Physiology
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Connecticut, 1988
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Physiology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine 1988-1990
Dr De Souza is a Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology at Penn State University and the Director of the Women’s Health and Exercise Laboratories (WHEL). Her expertise is in the field of women’s health and exercise, specifically reproductive and skeletal physiology. Dr De Souza is a renowned expert on the physiology of the Female Athlete Triad, particularly factors related to energy deficiency, eating behaviors, food intake, exercise and menstrual abnormalities, and bone health and osteoporosis in female athletes and exercising women. Dr De Souza is also doing research on the role of combined hormonal contraceptives in the skeletal integrity of young women. Dr De Souza has published extensively on these topics for 30 years. Dr De Souza’s WHEL laboratory is an active lab with expertise in running assays for endocrine related projects, including reproductive and bone-related assays in serum, urine and saliva. Dr De Souza’s lab is also experienced in the imaging of bone by both 2 and 3 dimensional strategies, to include DXA and pQCT. Her laboratory has a long and successful track record of enrolling young women aged 18-30 in both intervention and non-intervention studies and Dr. De Souza has a successful track record with the development, design and execution of clinical trials utilizing contraceptives, diet and exercise interventions.
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