Dr. Roth's current activities emphasize improving educational quality throughout the School of Public Health, promoting excellence in online, hybrid, and face-to-face course offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the Institutional Leader for Maryland's membership in the national CIRTL Network, dedicated to enhancing excellence in undergraduate education through the development of faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners. Dr. Roth's scholarly research focuses on genetic variation (and environmental interaction) in determining inter-individual differences in exercise responses, skeletal muscle traits, and other health-related phenotypes, as well as understanding the role of physical activity in modifying DNA structure (e.g., telomere length).
2002, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Human Genetics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.
2000, Ph.D. – Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), Department of Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland.
1998, M.A. – Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), Dept. Kinesiology, University of Maryland.
1996, B.S. (with Honors), Dept. Health and Human Performance (Exercise Science major, Chemistry minor), University of Montana.
Genetically Modified Humans: Physical Performance in the Post-Genomic Era, KNES 253
Genetics in Physical Activity and Sport, KNES 467
Kinesiology Senior Seminar, KNES 497
Genetic Aspects of Health and Fitness, KNES 696
Special Topics Colloquium on University Teaching and Learning, UNIV 798A/B
2005, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) New Investigator Award
2006, Research and Development Award, College of Health and Human Performance
2007, Charter Contributor Award, School of Public Health
2007, Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
2008, Leda Amick Wilson Mentoring Award, School of Public Health
2010, Doris W. Sands Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Public Health
2011, Genetic polymorphisms for identifying individuals at risk for gentamicin-induced vestibular dysfunction. PATENT ISSUED: U.S. Patent 7,935,485, issued May 3, 2011. Inventors: S.M. Roth, J.J. Jeka, S.M. Williams.
2012 – 2013, Center for Teaching Excellence Lilly Faculty Fellowship
2012 – 2013, ADVANCE Leadership Fellows Program
2014, Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology
2015, Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies, University of Maryland
Roth, S.M. (2007). Genetics Primer for Exercise Science and Health. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics. 177 pages. ISBN: 0736063439. (Korean translation, published in 2008)
Pescatello, L.S., S.M. Roth (Co-editors). (2011) Exercise Genomics (in the Molecular and Translational Medicine series). Humana Press. 287 pages. ISBN: 9781607613541.
Selected Refereed Book Chapters:
- S.M. Roth, H. Wackerhage. Genetics, sport and exercise: background and methods. (Chapter 2). In: Wackerhage H. (ed.). Molecular Exercise Physiology. An Introduction. Routledge (2014). ISBN: 978-0415607889
- S.M. Roth, H. Wackerhage. Genetics and endurance sports. (Chapter 5). In: Wackerhage H. (ed.). Molecular Exercise Physiology. An Introduction. Routledge (2014). ISBN: 978-0415607889
Selected Refereed Research Articles and Review Articles:
- Ludlow, A.T., S. Witkowski, M.R. Marshall, J. Wang, L.C.J. Lima, L.M. Guth, E.E. Spangenburg, S.M. Roth. Chronic exercise modifies age-related telomere dynamics in a tissue-specific fashion. Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, 67(9): 911-926, 2012.
- Deeny, S.P., J. Winchester, K. Nichols, S.M. Roth, J.C. Wu, M. Dick, C.W. Cotman. Cardiovascular fitness is associated with altered cortical glucose metabolism during working memory in ɛ4 carriers. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 8: 352-256, 2012.
- Ludlow, A.T., L.C.J. Lima, J. Wang, E.D. Hanson, L.M. Guth, E.E. Spangenburg, S.M. Roth. Exercise alters mRNA expression of telomere-repeat binding factor 1 in skeletal muscle via p38 MAPK. Journal of Applied Physiology, 113: 1737-1746, 2012.
- Guth, L.M., A.T. Ludlow, S. Witkowski, M.R. Marshall, L.C.J. Lima, A.C. Venezia, T. Xiao, M.-L.T. Lee, E.E. Spangenburg, S.M. Roth. Sex-specific effects of exercise ancestry on metabolic, morphological and gene expression phenotypes in multiple generations of mouse offspring. Experimental Physiology, 98(10): 1469-1484, 2013.
- Ludlow, A.T., E.E. Spangenburg, E.R. Chin, W.-H. Cheng, S.M. Roth. Telomeres shorten in response to oxidative stress in mouse skeletal muscle fibers. Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, 69 (7): 821-830, 2014.
- Roth, S.M., T. Rankinen, J.M. Hagberg, R.J.F. Loos, L. Perusse, M.A. Sarzynski, B. Wolfarth, C. Bouchard. Advances in exercise, fitness, and performance genomics in 2011. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44 (5): 809-817, 2012.
- Roth, S.M. Critical overview of applications of genetic testing in sport talent identification. Recent Patents on DNA & Gene Sequences, 6: 247-255, 2012.
- Roth, S.M. Genetic aspects of skeletal muscle strength and mass with relevance to sarcopenia. BoneKEy Reports, 1, Article number 58: 1-7, 2012.
- Perusse, L., T. Rankinen, J.M. Hagberg, R.J.F. Loos, S.M. Roth, M.A. Sarzynski, B. Wolfarth, C. Bouchard. Advances in exercise, fitness, and performance genomics in 2012. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(5): 824-831, 2013.
- Guth, L.M., S.M. Roth. Genetic influence on athletic performance. Invited review for Current Opinion in Pediatrics, 25: 653-658, 2013.
- Ludlow, A.T.*, L.W. Ludlow, S.M. Roth. Do telomeres adapt to physiological stress? Exploring the effect of exercise on telomere length and telomere-related proteins.” BioMed Research International, Article ID 601368: 1-15, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/601368
- Wolfarth, B., T. Rankinen, J.M. Hagberg, R.J.F. Loos, L. Perusse, S.M. Roth, M.A. Sarzynski, C. Bouchard. Advances in exercise, fitness, and performance genomics in 2013. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46(5): 851-859, 2014.
- Roth, S.M. Improving teaching effectiveness and student learning through the use of faculty learning communities. Kinesiology Review, 3: 209-216, 2014.
- Roth, S.M. Physical activity may improve aging through impacts on telomere biology. Kinesiology Review. 4: 99-106, 2015.
- Loos, R.J.F., J.M., Hagberg, L. Perusse, S.M. Roth, M.A. Sarzynski, B. Wolfarth, T. Rankinen, C. Bouchard†. Advances in exercise, fitness, and performance genomics in 2014. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 47(6): 1105-1112, 2015.
- Venezia AC, Guth LM, Spangenburg EE, Roth SM. Lifelong parental voluntary wheel running increases offspring hippocampal Pgc-1α mRNA expression but not mitochondrial content or Bdnf expression. NeuroReport, 26: 467-472, 2015.