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Bob Bowen TMCRobert (Bob) S Bowen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Division Chair

Miller Hall 205
Phone (706) 865-2136 ext. 235
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Ph.D. (2010) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dissertation: "The Roles of the Sex Steroids in Regulation of Physical Activity Levels in Mice."

M.S. (2006) Northern Michigan University
Thesis: "Analysis of Dorsiflexion and Oxygen Uptake During Cross-Country Skiing Using the V1 Skate Technique".

M.G.I.S (2004) University of Minnesota
Capstone: "Using GIS and Remote Sensing to Evaluate Temporal Changes in Minnesota's Wetlands".

B.S. (2002) Northern Michigan University


During my undergraduate education at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, I entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. This experience completely altered my life. I had been a cross-country skier with intentions of becoming an Olympic athlete, but through a variety of circumstances God rectified my life to His son and pulled me from the mire of elite athletics. I went from a ski-bum never expecting to graduate, to a steadfast learner. It was during a post-doctoral fellowship after completing my PhD that God again tugged on my heart and re-focused my vision to the training of Christian biologists. An out of the blue offer to join the science and mathematics faculty at Truett-McConnell College, was the answer to God's tug on my heart. As an Assistant Professor of Biology, I strive to impart my knowledge of physiology, molecular biology, and endocrinology on our students while allowing God to focus and sharpen each student's life for ministry. I am in the business of training Christians to become biologist that will someday soon storm the secular world of science with the hope of Christ.

Research Interests

My research interests are centered around the sex steroids (estrogen and testosterone) and how these hormones influence wheel running behaviors in mice. The goals of my research are to provide a base to understand why humans are not more physically active. Physical inactivity is the second leading causes of actual death in the United States—only smoking currently causes more deaths per year. Physical inactivity is related to a new area of medical diagnoses known as hypokinetic diseases that include obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. There will never be a magic exercise pill, but there appears to be a God-created mechanism that has been significantly affected by sin and the fall. Getting to the bottom of what the mechanism is and how it has malfunctioned might be the keys to greatly reducing the prevalence of hypokinetic diseases. The role of the sex steroids appears to be paramount in understanding this mechanism and provides a clear directive for my research.


BI 103 Human Biology
BI 107 Principles of Biology I
BI 212 Anatomy and Physiology I
BI 213 Anatomy and Physiology II
BI 300 Cellular Biology
BI 301 Genetics
BI 340 Molecular Biology
BI 420 Endocrinology
BI 460 Research Methods in Biology
ES 101 Physical Wellbeing I
ES 110 Introduction to Exercise Science

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Bowen, RS, AM Knab, AT Hamilton, JR McCall, TL Moore-Harrison, JT Lightfoot. Effects of supraphysiological doses of sex steroids on wheel running activity in mice. Journal of Steroids and Hormonal Science. 3(2):110, 2012.

Knab AM, RS Bowen, AT Hamilton, JT Lightfoot. Pharmacological manipulation of the dopaminergic system affects wheel-running activity in differentially active mice. Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents. 26(1):119-129, 2012.

Bowen, RS, DP Ferguson, JT Lightfoot. Effects of aromatase inhibition on the physical activity levels of male mice. Journal of Steroids and Hormonal Science. S1:001, 2011.

Ferguson, DP, RS Bowen, JT Lightfoot. Heart rate and core temperature responses of elite pit crews during automobile races. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 25(8):2075-2083, 2011.

Bowen, RS, MJ Turner, JT Lightfoot. Sex hormone effects on physical activity levels: why doesn't Jane run as much as Dick? Sports Medicine. 41(1):73-86, 2011.

Lightfoot, JT, LJ Leamy, D Pomp, MJ Turner, AA Fodor, A Knab, RS Bowen, D Ferguson, T Moore-Harrison, A Hamilton. Strain screen and haplotype association mapping of wheel running in inbred mouse strains. Journal of Applied Physiology. 109(3):623-634, 2010.

Knab, AM, RS Bowen, T Moore-Harrison, AT Hamilton, MJ Turner, JT Lightfoot. Repeatability of exercise behaviors in mice. Physiology and Behavior. 98(4):433-440, 2009.

Knab, AM, RS Bowen, AT Hamilton, AA Gulledge, JT Lightfoot. Altered dopaminergic profiles: implications for the regulation of voluntary physical activity. Behavioural Brain Research. 204(1): 147-152, 2009.

Tsivitse, SK, MG Peters, AL Stoy, JA Mundy, RS Bowen. The effect of downhill running on Notch signaling in regenerating skeletal muscle. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 106(5): 759-767, 2009.

Bowen, RS, RL Jensen, JM Ryan, PB Watts. Modeling oxygen uptake during V1 treadmill roller skiing. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2(1): 48-59, 2009.


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