Professor Sandra Hunter, PhD is Director of the Neuromuscular Physiology of Movement laboratory in the Exercise Science Program, Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University where she has been on faculty since 2003. In 2019, Dr Hunter was named as Director of newly established Athletic and Human Performance Research Center at Marquette University.
Dr Hunter received her PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney studying neuromuscular function and strength training with aging. Dr Hunter spent four years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder (1999-2003) under the mentorship of Professor Enoka researching the neural control of movement including age and sex differences in muscle fatigability.
Since being at Marquette University, Dr Hunter has received over $US 7 million in extramural grant funding for her research muscle fatigue in healthy and clinical populations (e.g. diabetes, aging, stroke, sex differences and women after child birth). She is currently the Principal Investigator on an R01 National Institutes of Aging grant examining the causes of muscle fatigue with aging and the protective effects of exercise. She has an active laboratory with several research assistants, postdoctoral research associates, graduate and many undergraduate research students. Professor Hunter has been a key note speaker at several international conferences on exercise fatigue in Europe, the United Kingdom and the USA.
Dr Hunter has authored over 100 journal and book chapter publications and she serves as an associate editor for several journals including Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Exercise and Sport Science Reviews. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching, research and mentorship with various awards at Marquette University at the college and university wide level.
Dr Hunter is also regularly invited by the media on topics regarding exercise training and performance in young and older adults, sex differences in performance and in clinical populations such as those with diabetes.