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Peter Hosick

Associate Professor, Exercise Science and Physical Education

University Hall 4119
BS, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
MS, Appalachian State University
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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I am a physiologist specializing in metabolic and endocrine response during exercise. My research focuses on endocrine dysfunction in obesity and cardiovascular fitness. I also support student research projects which include any interesting questions they come up with that we have the capability of answering. I have several ongoing projects to explore the metabolic, endocrine and cardiovascular adjustments in response to physiological perturbations in normal and overweight individuals. For more information please check out my current research projects below and feel free to contact me of more information.

Currently, my primary teaching responsibilities include instruction of the following courses:
PEMJ 131 - Fitness Activities
PEMJ 320 - Physiology of Exercise
EXSC 255 - Research Methods and Data Interpretation
EXSC 430 - Exercise in Special Populations
EXSC 538 - Metabolic and Respiratory Exercise Physiology

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Research Projects

Relationship between Body Fat and Muscle Oxygenation during Weight Bearing and Non-Weight Bearing Exercise

If you are interested and willing to walk/jog on a treadmill and ride on a stationary bike for about 25 minutes each you are eligible. The purpose of this study is to determine if higher exercise intensities impact the relationship between total oxygen consumption and muscle oxygenation differently during treadmill walking and cycling between people of different weight status. Please contact me for more information.

Cardiovascular and Metabolic Effects of Computer Work While Sitting Versus Standing

Standing desks have become widely used because of the belief that standing is better for overall health than sitting. We want to test that by measuring the response of cardiovascular and metabolic variables in both situations and directly compare the results. The study requires the filling out of basic medical forms you might answer at a doctor visit and 30 minutes of data collection. The data collection involves breathing into mask that covers your mouth and nose along with a few sensors being placed on your finger, forearm, thigh and lower leg. The study only requires a single visit of about 1.5 hours. If you are interesting in becoming involved please contact me.

The Relationship between Physical Activity and Obesity Level in Exercise-Induced Growth Hormone Response.

The purpose of this study is to examine if overweight people who exercise have similar hormone responses to exercise as those individuals who are not overweight. Essentially, we want to better understand why exercise for some overweight and obese individuals does not lead to weight loss despite their high activity level. Through this research we hope to add information about the hormone levels of sedentary overweight individuals and active overweight individuals and compare that their non-overweight counterparts. If you are interested in becoming a subject please contact me.