Donato A. Rivas, Ph.D.

Scientist II
Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory
Phone: (617) 556-3399
Fax: (617) 556 -3083




Ph.D., Biomedical Science, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

Research Focus
Role of microRNA on age and contraction-induced skeletal muscle growth

Academic Appointments
Adjunct Instructor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

Selected Professional Affiliations
American College of Sport Medicine
American Physiological Society
Gerontological Society of America

Select Publications

Diminished anabolic signaling response to insulin induced by intramuscular lipid accumulation is associated with inflammation in aging but not obesity. Rivas DA, McDonald DJ, Rice NP, Haran PH, Dolnikowski GG, Fielding RA. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2016 Apr 1;310(7):R561-9. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00198.2015. Epub 2016 Jan 13.

The AMPK-related kinase SNARK regulates muscle mass and myocyte survival. Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, So K, Koh HJ, Queiroz AL, Hirshman MF, Fielding RA, Goodyear LJ. J Clin Invest. 2016 Feb;126(2):560-70.

Implications of exercise training and distribution of protein intake on molecular processes regulating skeletal muscle plasticity. Margolis LM, Rivas DA. Calcif Tissue Int. 2015 Mar;96(3):211-21. doi: 10.1007/s00223-014-9921-0. Epub 2014 Oct 28.

Diminished skeletal muscle microRNA expression with aging is associated with attenuated muscle plasticity and inhibition of IGF-1 signaling. Rivas DA, Lessard SJ, Rice NP, Lustgarten MS, So K, Goodyear LJ, Parnell LD, Fielding RA. FASEB J. 2014 Sep;28(9):4133-47. doi: 10.1096/fj.14-254490. Epub 2014 Jun 13.

Resistance to aerobic exercise training causes metabolic dysfunction and reveals novel exercise-regulated signaling networks. Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, Alves-Wagner AB, Hirshman MF, Gallagher IJ, Constantin-Teodosiu D, Atkins R, Greenhaff PL, Qi NR, Gustafsson T, Fielding RA, Timmons JA, Britton SL, Koch LG, Goodyear LJ. Diabetes. 2013 Aug;62(8):2717-27. doi: 10.2337/db13-0062. Epub 2013 Apr 22.

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