Roth, Stephen

Stephen Roth
Professor
Applied Environmental Health
Kinesiology
Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
School of Public Health
2351 School of Public Health
Phone: 
301-405-2504
General Research Interests: 
  • Understanding the role of genetics (gene variation) in explaining how different individuals respond to various exercise programs and why similar people can respond differently to the same stimulus
  • Examination of how exercise/physical activity can influence DNA itself (e.g., telomere biology, epigenetics)
Background: 
 
Education
 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Human Genetics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 2002
Ph.D. – Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), Department of Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland, 2000
M.A. – Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), Dept. Kinesiology, University of Maryland, 1998
B.S. (with Honors), Dept. Health and Human Performance (Exercise Science major, Chemistry minor), University of Montana, 1996

Dr. Roth's current activities emphasize improving educational quality throughout the School of Public Health, promoting excellence in online, hybrid, and face-to-face course offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the Institutional Leader for Maryland's membership in the national CIRTL Network, dedicated to enhancing excellence in undergraduate education through the development of faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners. Dr. Roth's scholarly research focuses on genetic variation (and environmental interaction) in determining inter-individual differences in exercise responses, skeletal muscle traits, and other health-related phenotypes, as well as understanding the role of physical activity in modifying DNA structure (e.g., telomere length).