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James Hagberg

Professor, Kinesiology

Dr. James Hagberg has had a long and productive research career related to exercise and cardiovascular disease risk factors. His current research focuses on circulating adult stem cells that affect endothelial cell and vascular function.


SPH | Room 2134E

(301) 405-2487


Areas of Interest

Core Faculty

Cardiovascular Disease; Stem Cells; Diabetes; Vascular Function; Obesity


University of Wisconsin


University of Wisconsin


Carthage College

KNES260 Science of Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health

KNES497 Senior Thesis - Physical Activity and the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics

KNES711 Grant Writing and Professional Development

University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar Teacher

University System of Maryland Research Award

American College of Sports Medicine Citation Award

University of Maryland Graduate Mentor of the Year

University of Maryland Life Sciences Inventor of the Year

C Dash, K Makambi, T Taylor, J Hicks, M Mills, V Sheppard, E Dodson, V Watkins, D Mooney, JM Hagberg, LL Adams-Campbell. An Exercise Trial Targeting African-American Women with Metabolic Syndrome and at Increased Risk for Breast Cancer: The FIERCE Study. Cancer 124: 3355-3363, 2018.

JL Barber, WE Kraus, TS Church, JM Hagberg, PD Thompson, DB Bartlett, MW Beets, SN Blair, CP Earnest, KM Huffman, RQ Landers-Ramos, AS Leon, DC Rao, RL Seip, JS Skinner, CA Slentz, KR Wilund, C Bouchard, MA Sarzynski. Regular exercise decreases GlycA: a meta-analysis of 14 exercise interventions. Atherosclerosis 277:1-6, 2018.

RM Sapp, EE Spangenburg, JM Hagberg. Markers of aggressive play are similar among the top four divisions of English soccer over 17 seasons. J Sport Sciences 36: 1346-1354, 2018.

RM Sapp, DD Shill, C Dash, LL Adams-Campbell, JM Hagberg. Circulating microRNAs and endothelial cell migration are associated with fitness level and metabolis syndrome in postmenopausal African-American women. Physiol Reports 7: e14173, 2019.

RM Sapp, WS Evans, LE Eagan, CA Chesney, EM Zietowski, SJ Prior, SM Ranadive, JM Hagberg. Effects of moderate and high intensity exercise on circulating markers of endothelial integrity and activation in young healthy men. J Appl Physiol. 127: 1245-1256, 2019.

JM Hagberg. The Unfortunately Long Life of Some Retracted Biomedical Research Publications. J Appl Physiol. 128: 1381-1391, 2020.

RM Sapp, CA Chesney, LE Eagan, WS Evans, EM Zietowski, SJ Prior, JM Hagberg, SM Randadive. Circulating microRNA and artierial stiffness are altered following high intensity interval but not moderate intensity continuous exercise. Physiol Reports. 8:e14431, 2020.

RM Sapp, RQ Landers-Ramos, DD Shill, CB Springer, JM Hagberg. Sex-specific differences in blood-borne factors in physically inactive individuals are detrimental to endothelial cell functions. In Press: J Appl Physiol.

RQ Landers-Ramos, OA Addison, B Bemaer, LI Katzel, JB Blumental, JM Hagberg, SJ Prior. Circulating microparticles across chronic and acute cardiovascular diseases. Physiol Reports. 8: e14534, 2020.

J Won, AJ Alfini, LR Weiss, JM Hagberg, JC Smith. Greater semantic memory activation after training cessation in master athletes. In Press: J Aging Physical Activity.