Research/Areas of Interest:
The role of substrates on cellular signaling pathways controlling skeletal muscle metabolism and growth; and how nutrition, aging and exercise contribute to alterations in skeletal muscle energy homoeostasis
- PhD, Biomedical Science, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Dr. Donato Rivas is Scientist II on the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Team at the HNRCA. He researches the role of substrates on cellular signaling pathways controlling skeletal muscle metabolism and growth and how nutrition, aging, and exercise contribute to alterations in skeletal muscle energy homoeostasis. Dr. Rivas has developed a line of research focused on the role of reduced exercise/contraction on anabolic resistance in older adults with a particular focus on post-exercise adaptation in skeletal muscle. His current research focuses on the role of miRNA on the epigenetic control of gene expression and alterations of skeletal muscle with exercise training in older adults. He has also lead the development of liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry assays to measure lipidomics in various tissues, performed in vitro genetic manipulation to determine the roles of molecular pathways in cells, and used histological methods to quantify multiple targets in skeletal muscle tissues. Dr. Rivas is an adjunct instructor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a member of the American College of Sport Medicine, the American Physiological Society, and the Gerontological Society of America.