Russell T. Hepple, PhD

Russell T. Hepple, PhD
Professor of Physical Therapy and Muscle Biology
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professionals


Research Interests

Dr. Hepple leads a lab focused upon understanding the mechanisms of neuromuscular impairment in aging and age-related diseases such as chronic obstructive lung disease, and mechanisms of healthy aging in novel populations such as world-class masters track and field athletes. The lab employs a wide range of techniques, from cutting-edge mitochondrial function ex vivo in small muscle bundles to confocal microscopy for assessing the detailed structure of the muscle endplate, and complements these measures with current molecular biology techniques. Dr. Hepple includes the study of both clinical populations as well as rodent models in his work and held continuous funding from CIHR from 2000-2016.

Degrees and Training

  • B.Sc., 1988, Department of Physiology, University of Saskatchewan, SK, Canada
  • M.Sc., 1992, Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Ph.D., 1996, Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow, 1996-99, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego.