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Michael J. McKenzie

Position: Interim Associate Provost / Professor Department: Exercise Physiology

Contact Info

Office: Blair Hall, room 205 Phone: 336-750-3136


Mike McKenzie, PhD, is a professor of exercise science and interim associate provost 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.

Educational Background

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

Research and Project Interests

  • Exercise and Oxidative Stress
  • High Intensity Training

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., McKenzie, M.J., 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, M.J. 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.