Stephen Roth
Professor, Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH), Kinesiology, Public Health Science, Office of the Dean
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Director, Public Health Science; Director of the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2242K
Phone: 301-405-2504 |

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).

Education and Training

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.



Research Ethics, SPHL 612

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


Honors and Awards

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

2018, Faculty Inductee, Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society



Roth, S.M. (2007). Genetics Primer for Exercise Science and Health. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics. 177 pages. ISBN: 0736063439. (Korean translation, published in 2008)

Edited Books:

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Venezia AC*, L.M. Guth*, R.M. Sapp, E.E. Spangenburg, S.M. Roth†. Sex-dependent and independent effects of long-term voluntary wheel running on Bdnf mRNA and protein expression. Physiology and Behavior, 156: 8-15, 2016.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.  
  5. Venezia AC*, 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.
  6. Venezia, A.C., S.M. Roth. Recent research in the genetics of exercise training adaptation. Medicine and Sport Science, 61: 29-40, 2016.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.