College of Health Sciences



Francis X. Pizza, Ph.D.

Francis X. Pizza, Ph.D.

Research Interest 

     Our research focuses on the inflammatory response in skeletal muscle after injurious and non-injurious exercise.  We are particularly interested in determining the contribution of inflammatory cells (neutrophils and macrophages) to exercise-induced muscle injury, repair/regeneration, and hypertrophy.   We are also interested in determining the mechanisms by which exercise modulates neutrophil and macrophage activation in skeletal muscle.  We use human, rodent, and cell culture models and contemporary laboratory techniques to answer basic and applied questions in these areas. 

Information on our research facilities can be found at the link below: 

Exercise Biology Laboratories


 Ph.D.   Exercise Physiology.  The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 1991

 M.A.     Exercise Physiology. Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, 1988

 B.E.      Human Performance. The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 1986


Professional Experience

 2004 – Present    Professor, The University of Toledo, Dept. Kinesiology. 
                         Toledo, OH.

 1998 - 2004        Associate Professor, The University of Toledo, Dept. 
                         Kinesiology. Toledo, OH.

 1997 - 1998        Associate Professor, Texas Christian University, 
                         Dept. of Kinesiology Fort Worth, Texas.

 1996 - 1997       Research Associate in Space Biology, University of 
                        California at Los Angeles. Dept. of Physiological Science.
                        Muscle Cell Biology Lab.

 1991 - 1996       Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University, Dept. 
                        of Kinesiology. Fort Worth, Texas.


Courses Taught

Human Physiology

Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology

Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Biology

Skeletal Muscle Biology


Contact Information

 Francis X. Pizza, Ph.D.
 Department of Kinesiology
 Mail Stop # 119
 The University of Toledo
 2801 W. Bancroft St
 Toledo, Ohio 43606
 Voice: (419) 530-4178
 FAX:   (419) 530-2477







Last Updated: 10/13/15