Christopher  Ballmann
Assistant Professor
School of Health Professions
Department of Kinesiology
Office: CHS Building 2 2G16
Email: cballman@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-4714

Christopher Ballmann arrived at Samford in 2016 after completing his PhD at Auburn University and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research expertise includes cardiovascular disease, exercise physiology, and skeletal muscle biology. His primary goals are to mentor and teach students about the multitude of health benefits from exercise and involve students in the scientific research process.

"Commit to the Lord in whatever you do, and He will establish your plans."
Proverbs 16:3

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., exercise physiology, Auburn University 
  • M.Ed., exercise physiology, Auburn University 
  • B.S., exercise science, Auburn University 
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Expertise

Exercise physiology, cardiovascular disease, muscular dystrophy, skeletal muscle biology 

Awards and Honors

  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, 2015
  • American Kinesiology Association Doctoral Scholar, 2015

Publications

  • Ballmann, C., Denney, T., Beyers R., Quindry, T., Selsby, J, & Quindry, J. Lifelong dietary quercetin enrichment as a cardioprotective countermeasure in mdx mice.  Experimental Physiology (2017), 102(6), 635-649.
  • Ballmann, C., Tang, Y., Bush, Z., & Rowe, G. C. Adult Expression of PGC-1α and β in Skeletal Muscle is Not Required for Endurance Exercise-Induced Enhancement of Exercise Capacity. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, (2016) ,311 (6)
  • Ballmann, C., Denney, T., Beyers R., Quindry, T., Selsby, J, & Quindry, J. Lifelong quercetin enrichment and cardioprotection in Mdx/Utrn+/-mice. American Journal Applied Physiology- Heart and Circulation Physiology Science (2016), ajpheart-0055 
  • Ballmann, C., Hollinger, K., Selsby, J., & Quindry, J. Histological and Biochemical Outcomes of Cardiac Pathology in Mdx Mice with Dietary Quercetin Enrichment. Experimental Physiology,100 (1),12-22. (2015).
  • Ballmann, C., McGinnis, G. R., Peters, B., Slivka, D., Cuddy, J., Hales, W., Dumke, C., Ruby, B., &  Quindry, J. Exercise Induced Oxidative Stress and Hypoxic Exercise Recovery. EuropeanJournal of Applied Physiology. 1-9. (2014).
  • Ballmann, C., Hollinger, K., Selsby, J., & Quindry, J. Histological and Biochemical Outcomes of Cardiac Pathology in Mdx Mice with Dietary Quercetin Enrichment. Experimental Physiology,100 (1),12-22. (2015).
  • Ballmann, C., McGinnis, G. R., Peters, B., Slivka, D., Cuddy, J., Hales, W., Dumke, C., Ruby, B., &  Quindry, J. Exercise Induced Oxidative Stress and Hypoxic Exercise Recovery. EuropeanJournal of Applied Physiology. 1-9. (2014).
  • McGinnis, G. R.,Ballmann, C., Barberio, M., Peters, B., Quindry, J., & Amin, R. Myocardial IL-6R Expression and IL-6 Signaling Following Exercise. American Journal Applied Physiology- Heart and Circulation Physiology, 30 (11), H1423-H1433. (2015).
  • Selsby, J.,Ballmann C., Spaulding H.,Ross J., & Quindry, J. Oral quercetin administration transiently protects respiratory function in dystrophin deficient mice. Journal of Physiology (2016).

  • Miller, L., Ballmann, C., McGinnis, G., Kliszczewicz, B., Peters, B., & Quindry, J. Exercise Induced Cardioprotection in Mediated Via the Delta Opioid Receptor. Experimental Physiology. 100 (4), 410-42. (2015).

Presentations

  • Ballmann, C*, (*Presenter & Author), UAB Diabetes and Endocrinology, “Adult Muscle Specific PGC-1 Deletion and Glucose Homeostasis" University Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama. (2016).
  • Ballmann, C*, (*Presenter & Author), UAB Exercise is Medicine Symposium, “PGC-1 Dependent Regulation of Mitochondrial Dynamics in Skeletal Muscle." University Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama. (2015).
  • Ballmann, C*, Beyers R., Denney T., Selsby J., & Quindry, J., (*Presenter & Author), Experimental Biology, “Effect of Chronic Quercetin Enrichment on Cardiac Function In Dystrophic Mice.” Boston, MA (2015).
  • Ballmann, C*, Beyers R., Denney, T., Selsby J., & Quindry, J., (*Presenter & Author), Experimental Biology, “Effect of Long Term Quercetin Supplementation on Dystrophic Cardiac Pathology In Mdx/utrn +/- mice.”Boston, MA (2015).

Research Areas

PCG-1s, cardiovascular disease, muscular dystrophy, exercise-induced cardioprotection, exercise and extreme environments

Involvement

  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Physiological Society