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Teaneck, NJ









Susan V. Brooks Herzog, PhD

Dr. Susan Brooks is an Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Research Associate Professor at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan, where her research focuses on the mechanical properties of single skeletal muscle fibers and contraction- or exercise-induced injury to skeletal muscles and to single skeletal muscle fibers. Dr. Brooks received her doctoral training in Bioengineering at the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in a Multidisciplinary Research Training in Aging Program in the Institute of Gerontology, also at Michigan.

Muscle fibers are injured by their contractions during normal activities. The frequency and magnitude of the injuries are increased by age and disease. Dr. Brooks investigates the role that muscle injury plays in the development of the structural and functional deficits that occur in skeletal muscle with aging and in the pathogenesis of muscular dystrophy. In addition, Dr. Brooks studies the changes that occur within single muscle fibers that may explain the weakness observed when the forces developed by muscles in old animals are normalized by muscle cross-sectional area.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1996

Last updated 6/13