Health Discoveries


Matthew Whited

Mind and Body

August 31, 2014 | Episode 101


Matthew C. Whited, Ph.D. is a psychophysiologist and clinical scientist who is interested in the association between major depressive disorder and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Specifically, he is interested in understanding the reasons for this association and identifying behavioral interventions that contribute to efforts to prevent/postpone cardiovascular disease.

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East Carolina University PASS Clinic

Joseph Houmard

Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity & Diabetes

September 7, 2014 | Episode 102


Joe Houmard, Ph.D. has been employed at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC since 1988. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory. He is an author on more than 150 scientific papers and book chapters and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for his research. Dr. Houmards research focus’ on skeletal muscle metabolism and how it is altered with conditions such as aging, insulin, resistance, and obesity and how interventions such as weight loss and exercise exert their positive effects.

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East Carolina University Human Performance Laboratory

Mike McCammon

Sedentary Behaviors

September 14, 2014 | Episode 103


Michael (Mike) McCammon has been a teaching instructor at ECU since 1984. He is currently the associate director for the human performance laboratory and the director for the BS degree in exercise physiology. Mike is a past recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Award, ECU advising award and Scholar-Teacher Award. His current research evaluates the health impact of college exercise mentors on overweight/obese adolescents.

Cardiovascular Health Assessment Program (service offered by HPL)

Human Performance Laboratory

Lesley Lutes

Small Changes for a Healthy Lifestyle

September 21, 2014 | Episode 104


Lesley Lutes, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist whose primary interest is obesity prevention and intervention. The focus of Dr. Lutes programmatic line of research is in developing alternatives to standard clinical treatments for obesity and associated health conditions including diabetes. Her funded research examines theoretically based alternative treatment approaches in different populations (including adults, children, Veterans, and African Americans), utilizing different treatment modalities and technologies (including phone, internet, and pedometers), and examining alternative interventionist models for treatment delivery (including peer mentors and community health workers).

More info about Dr. Lutes

East Carolina University PASS Clinic

Linda May

Exercise During Pregnancy

September 28, 2014 | Episode 105


Linda May, Ph.D., assistant professor at the ECU School of Dental Medicine, teaches dental students and is also an adjunct faculty assistant professor of exercise physiology. Dr. May conducts research on topics relating to the connection between exercise during pregnancy and development of the baby, and has had her research presented in world-wide media outlets, including the New York Times. Dr. May received a PhD from Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Her dissertation focus was on the development of the cardiac beta-adrenergic system in BAX and NGF knockout mice. She attended the University of Florida where she earned a MS, graduating Cum Laude in Exercise physiology. Dr. May also graduated, with Honors, from the University of Florida with a BS in Sports Administration.

Interested in the exercise during pregnancy study? Contact Dr. May at or 252-737-7072.

Human Performance Laboratory

Ethan Anderson

Exploring Heart Cells and the Impact of Certain Diseases

October 5, 2014 | Episode 106


Dr. Ethan Anderson is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He migrated to ECU in 2006 as a Yale graduate student in Darrell Neufer’s lab. Following the defense of his dissertation back at Yale, he decided to stay on as post-doctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Sciences department, where he formed a collaboration with several of the cardio-thoracic surgeons in the East Carolina Heart Institute (ECHI). Much of that work involved studying how diabetes adversely affects metabolism and energetics in human heart at the cellular level.

The current work in Dr. Anderson’s lab is directed toward understanding how the heart adapts to oxidative and inflammatory stress, and uses models ranging from test tubes to cell culture and rodents. He and his collaborators in ECHI recently were awarded a $2.3 million, 5-year grant from the NIH to validate a biomarker in either heart or blood that could be used to predict adverse post-operative complications in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. His lab is also testing the hypothesis that one of these enzymes may play a causal role in postoperative arrhythmia.

Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Summer Biomedical Research Program

Todd Watkins

Moving Toward Competency Based Assessment

October 12, 2014 | Episode 107


Dr. Todd Watkins is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Gastonia. He earned a BA in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985, and, following a year of biomaterials and informatics research, he received his DDS from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1990. Dr. Watkins joined the dental and educational resources faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio following the completion of an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency in 1991. In 1994, he performed a successful technology transfer of "Project Macinstein" from the University of Texas into a Delaware C Corporation called VitalSource Technologies. As President and CEO of VitalSource he guided the development and delivery of the first XML-based electronic book platform which is currently the most used e-textbook technology in the world.

He was featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal for his work during the infancy of e-books and digital rights management. After leaving VitalSource, he served as a consultant to numerous health science schools in course and curriculum implementation of technology and content. Dr. Watkins joined ECU School of Dental Medicine in 2008 as the first faculty member and was tasked to develop the initial curriculum and the technologies needed to implement the dental programs. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Dental Education and Informatics where his current research focuses on student, faculty, and program outcomes assessment technologies.

ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Centers

Dr. Watkin's departmental webpage

Barbara Muller-Borer

Exploring Regenerative Medicine

October 19, 2014 | Episode 108


The focus of my research is the study of functional gap junction mediated cell-to-cell communication in cardiac tissue under normal and pathophysiologic conditions. One area of particular interest is the elucidation of the role of cell-to-cell communication on donor cell engraftment, trans-differentiation and function as applied to cell transplantation therapies.

College of Engineering Programs of Study (Undergraduate and Graduate)