Traci Parry, PhD – Women in Pathology

Traci L. Parry, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She earned her PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Northern Colorado. Her doctoral work investigated the therapeutic effects of aerobic exercise in models of doxorubicin-mediated cardiotoxicity and cancer. Her postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (funded by the American Heart Association) investigated the cardioprotective role of MuRF1’s regulation of autophagy in the heart. During her time as a postdoc, she also received a North Carolina Translational and Clinical Science Institute grant to study the effect of exercise on cancer cachexia metabolomics.

As a clinical exercise physiologist, Dr. Parry’s research aims to understand the underlying physiological and metabolic mechanisms of muscle wasting in chronic disease (cancer and cardiovascular disease) and how exercise prior to (“pre-habilitation”) and during (rehabilitation) chronic disease supports traditional treatment (pharmacological intervention). The ultimate goal is to determine how prescriptive exercise alters muscle atrophy, metabolism, and organ cross-talk as well as functional clinical outcomes to ultimately reduce fatigue and improve quality of life.

As the Co-Director of the Exercise Oncology and Cardioprotection Lab at UNCG, Dr. Parry is committed to mentoring trainees and teaching the next generation of exercise physiologists. She participates in the ASIP Summer Research Opportunity Program in Pathology and actively mentors undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Parry is a member of the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Physiological Society (APS), the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CCEP). She has received the Abraham D. Sobel ASIP Scholar Award, the GALL Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research, the Experimental Pathologist-in-Training Merit Award, the Hans-Monga Trainee Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research, and was selected for the 2020 Young Scientist Leadership Award. She currently serves as an ASIP Ambassador and a member of the ASIP Committee for Career Development and Diversity