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Stephen Roth

Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Director, Public Health Science

Dr. Stephen Roth oversees academic and faculty initiatives for the School of Public Health and serves as the Director of the Public Health Science B.S. program. He also oversees the school's accreditation requirements. Dr. Roth's scholarly research focuses on human genetic variation and its implications for health and exercise-related traits.


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Areas of Interest

Genetics; Skeletal Muscle; Genetic Testing; Ethics; Exercise Physiology

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. 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).

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Human Genetics, 2002

University of Pittsburgh

2000, Ph.D., Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), 2000

University of Maryland

M.A., Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), 1998

University of Maryland

B.S. (with Honors), Exercise Science major, Chemistry minor, 1996

University of Montana

SPHL612 Research Ethics

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) New Investigator Award, 2005

Research and Development Award, College of Health and Human Performance, 2006

Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2007

Leda Amick Wilson Mentoring Award, School of Public Health, 2008

Doris W. Sands Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Public Health, 2010

Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (Fellow #542), 2014

Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies, University of Maryland, 2015

Walsh, S., A.T. Ludlow*, E.J. Metter, L. Ferrucci, S.M. Roth†. Replication study of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) genotype association with skeletal muscle traits and sarcopenia. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 28: 435-442, 2016.

Venezia, A.C., S.M. Roth. Recent research in the genetics of exercise training adaptation. Medicine and Sport Science, 61: 29-40, 2016.

Sarzynski, M.A, R.J.F. Loos, A. Lucia, L. Perusse, S.M. Roth, B. Wolfarth, T. Rankinen, C. Bouchard†. Advances in exercise, fitness, and performance genomics in 2015. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48: 1906-1916, 2016.

Sapp, R., S.M. Roth, J.M. Hagberg. Circulating microRNAs in acute and chronic exercise: more than mere biomarkers. Journal of Applied Physiology, 122: 712-717, 2017.

Swan, L., S. Kramer, A. Gopal, L. Shi, S.M. Roth. Beyond proficiency: an asset-based approach to international teaching assistant training. Journal of Faculty Development, 31 (2): 21-27, 2017.

Ludlow, A.*, L. Gratidão*, L.W. Ludlow, E.E. Spangenburg, S.M. Roth†. Acute exercise activates p38 MAPK and increases the expression of telomere protective genes in cardiac muscle. Experimental Physiology, 102.4: 397-410, 2017.

Venezia, A.C.*, E. Quinlan, S.M. Roth†. A single bout of exercise increases hippocampal Bdnf: influence of chronic exercise and noradrenaline. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 16: 800-811, 2017.

Lightfoot, T., M. Hubal, S.M. Roth (Co-editors). (2019) Handbook of Sport and Exercise System Genetics. Routledge. 542 pages. ISBN: 9781138504851. 

Venezia, A.C.*, M.M. Hyer, E.R. Glasper, S.M. Roth, E.M. Quinlan. Acute forced exercise increases Bdnf IV mRNA and reduced exploratory behavior in C57BL/6J mice. Genes, Brain and Behavior. 19:e12617, 2020.

Aljuhni, R., B.T. Cleland, S.M. Roth, S. Madhavan. Genetic polymorphisms for BDNF, COMT, and APOE do not affect gait or ankle motor control in chronic stroke: a preliminary cross-sectional study. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, in press.