Lab Director

Donald Dengel, Ph.D.

Donald Dengel, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and a Research Scientist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He serves as the Director of the Human Performance Core and Densitometry Services at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which provides clinical cardiovascular, metabolic and body composition testing for researchers across the University of Minnesota. Dr. Dengel also directs the Human Performance Teaching Laboratory for the School of Kinesiology, which is one of the leading teaching facilities for both human and exercise physiology as well as anatomy and biomechanics laboratory methods in the United States.

Dr. Dengel has published over 80 scientific manuscripts and 3 book chapters in the area of insulin sensitivity, oxygen uptake kinetics and vascular structure and function in both children and adults. He is the principal investigator or co-investigator on a series of grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute to explore the development of cardiovascular disease and the metabolic syndrome in adolescent and adult cancer survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia and other cancers, as well as obese adolescents. In addition, Dr. Dengel is funded to examine the effects of obesity on peripheral and cerebral vascular function in obese adolescents and adults. Dr. Dengel is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the Fellow in American Heart Association’s Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism.

photo of Donald Dengel

Lab members

George Biltz, MD

Graduate education faculty

Areas of interest: Kinesiology, human physiology, exercise physiology

Nicholas Evanoff

Nick is vascular researcher and exercise physiologist working with Dr. Dengel. He also manages the LIHP and Clinical Vascular Biology Laboratory. Nick collaborates closely with research groups both within the University and Minnesota as well as nationally and internationally. He received his Master of Science degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) and Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (Exercise and Health Science) with a minor in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota. 

Areas of interest: Non-invasive techniques (Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, arterial tonometry, etc.) to assess vascular function in children and adults.

Michelle Harbin

Areas of interest: My research interests include exercise physiology, cardiovascular health and vascular function.

Christiana Raymond-Pope

I am originally from a suburb of Columbus, OH and graduated from Miami University (OH) with a B.S. in Kinesiology & Health, where I also played on the varsity tennis team for four years. As a first year Kinesiology Masters student here at the University of Minnesota, with a concentration in exercise physiology, I currently teach the laboratory section of KIN 3027 (human anatomy). My current research interests lie in cardiovascular health, exercise physiology, and oncology.

Areas of interest: Exercise physiology; cardiovascular health and vascular function; body composition