Mike McKenzie

Chair, Human Performance and Sport Sciences, Director of Undergraduate Research, Associate Professor


Department: Human Performance and Sport Sciences
Office Location: Anderson 146-B
Phone: 336-750-3136
Fax: 336-750-2591
Email:  mckenziemi@wssu.edu
Curriculum Vitae


Mike McKenzie, PhD, is an associate professor of exercise science and chair of HPSS at Winston-Salem State University.  He is married to Laura (Klein) McKenzie, and has two children (Kate, John).  He grew up outside of Niagara Falls, NY in Lewiston, NY before moving to Raleigh, NC for high school.  He has degrees from Appalachian State, the University of Florida, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Additionally, he is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).  His research and publications involves oxidative stress, as well as high intensity exercise.  Dr. McKenzie also has a large focus on undergraduate research as he is the director of undergraduate research at WSSU as well. 

Educational Background

  • BS Athletic Training, Appalachian State, 1999
  • MS Exercise Physiology, University of Florida, 2002
  • PhD Exercise Physiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006

  • Research and Project Interests:

  • Exercise and Oxidative Stress
  • High Intensity Training

  • Selected Publications:

    McKenzie, M.J., Goldfarb, A.H., and Kump, D.S. Gene Response of the Gastrocnemius and Soleus Muscles to an Acute Aerobic Run in Rats. J of Sport Sci and Med. 2011, June; 10(2): 385-392.

    Prior, S.J., M.J. McKenzie, L.J. Joseph, F. Ivey, R.F. Macko, C.E.Hafer-Macko, A.S. Ryan. Reduced skeletal muscle capillarization and glucose intolerance. Microcirculation. Microcirculation. 2009 Apr;16(3):203-12.

    McKenzie, M.J., S. Yu, S.J. Prior, R.F. Macko, C.E.Hafer-Macko. Hemi-Paretic Stroke Alters Vastus Lateralis Myosin Heavy Chain Profiles Between the Paretic and Non-Paretic Muscles. Res Sports Med. 2009 Jan-Mar;17(1):17-27.M.J.

    McKenzie and Goldfarb, A.H. An Aerobic Exercise Bout Effects on Gene Expression in Soleus Muscle from Rats. Med. Sci. Sport and Exer. 2007, Sep;39(9):1515-21.


    Additional Information:

    McKenzie MJ, Goldfarb AH, Garten RS , Gomashe C. Ethnicity Responses to Aerobic Exercise in Untrained Females: Oxidative Stress Markers.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2011, Volume 43(5) S 297 (1795).

    McKenzie, MJ, Ritsche, K., Valentine, W. and Mellick, P.  Relationship Between the YMCA, Astrand-Rhyming and Maximal Cycle Ergometer Exercise Test in African-American Females.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2010 Volume 42(5): 321.

    McKenzie, M.J.  Acute Changes in Gene Expression in Soleus Muscle to Aerobic Exercise. Symposium presented at the American College of Sports Medicine 2008 Annual Meeting.

    Southeast American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) Executive Board, 2011-2013

    EXS 3321 – Exercise Physiology

    EXS 3322 - Training and Performance in Exercise Science

    EXS 2130 – Field Experience in Exercise Science

    EXS 4321 - Sports Supplements

    EXS 4612 – Exercise Science Internship

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