Charles Marks, Ph.D.

Title: Charles Marks, Ph.D.
Director, Exercise Science
Associate Professor, Exercise Science
Office: 3156 Human Health Building
Phone: (248) 364-8687
Fax: (248) 364-8657
I grew up in Detroit and Royal Oak, MI. During that time I enjoyed playing the violin, mathematics, running cross country & track, and camping & working with the Boy Scouts of America & earned the rank of Eagle Scout. I attended Oakland University for undergraduate studies (BGS) and the University of Michigan for graduate studies (MS, PhD). During that time I continued running (was on the O.U. cross country team for two seasons), met my future wife at Oakland, began my interest in Exercise Physiology (even though as a freshman I swore I would avoid any biology related courses), and got married & started a family during my graduate studies. I came back to Oakland University in 1988 and have been on faculty since.

Teaching and Research Interest
I enjoy teaching the exercise physiology courses especially the laboratories. We have fine body composition, metabolic, electromyography, and ergometry equipment. My research interests have been in cardiovascular, metabolic, and body composition issues. Currently I’m looking at the impact of using a stability ball during aerobic exercise on cardiorespiratory and EMG parameters. I am also looking at the use of Bio-impedance for body composition measurements. I encourage undergraduate students that have taken the exercise physiology course and laboratory with me to work with me on my research and present some of the research at local scientific meetings. Graduate students that want to do research with me are encouraged to work on a Thesis and present their work at a local, regional, or national scientific meeting.

Specialty Keywords
Stability Ball, Cardiovascular, EMG, Kinematics, & Body Composition.


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