Ashley Smuder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

  • Post-Doctoral Training in Exercise Physiology, University of Florida (2014)
  • Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, University of Florida (2012)
  • M.S. in Exercise Physiology, University of Florida (2008)
  • B.S. in Exercise Physiology, University of Florida (2006)

Smuder CV
Molecular Cardiology and Myology Laboratory

Contact Info

FLG 112
P.O. Box 118205
Gainesville, FL 32611-8205
(352) 294-1765|


Ashley Smuder, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. Dr. Smuder received her PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida where she also completed her post-doctoral training studying skeletal muscle physiology. Prior to returning to the University of Florida, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina (2017-2019). Dr. Smuder directs the Molecular Cardiology and Myology Laboratory. Work in her laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular signaling pathways that promote cardiac and skeletal muscle dysfunction following disease or periods of prolonged inactivity. Her current research is focused on determining the mechanisms by which physical activity can preserve cardiorespiratory muscle function following exposure to chemotherapy. ​ Dr. Smuder’s research is supported by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and has previously been funded by the American Heart Association. She has published her research in Redox Biology, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Journal of Cachexia Sarcopenia and Muscle, American Journal of Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, among others.

Research Interests

  • Skeletal & Cardiac Muscle Biology
  • Redox Control of Cardiac & Skeletal Muscle Function
  • Muscular Adaptations Following Exercise