Professor & Associate Dean for Research, Health and Kinesiology
Secondary Dept Office of the Dean
Office#: 210 HEATON
Mail Stop: 4241
Office Phone: (979) 845-4787
Other Title: Member, Faculty of Nutrition
Primary Emphasis Area: Kinesiology
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Short Bio
Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Dr. Bloomfield gained her B.S. in Biology at Oberlin College (Ohio). After completing an M.A. in Physical Education at the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at The Ohio State University, Dr. Bloomfield joined the faculty in Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M in 1993. Her research interests focus on the integrative physiology of bone, with specific reference to adaptations to disuse, microgravity, and caloric deficiency. Dr. Bloomfield is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and a past President of the TX Regional Chapter of ACSM. Her research has been funded since 1997 by National Space Biomedical Research Institute, NASA and Dept. of Defense. A frequent member of NASA advisory panels, Dr. Bloomfield currently serves on two Institute of Medicine committees relevant to NASA's programs.
Area(s) of Emphasis
Kinesiology and Intercollegiate Faculty of Nutrition
Research Interests
Adaptations of the Adult Skeleton to Exercise, Disuse, and Microgravity
Bone Biology
Bone Health
Caloric Restriction Impact on Bone
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Metzger CE, Baek K, Swift SN, De Souza MJ, Bloomfield SA. Exercise during energy restriction mitigates bone loss but not alterations in estrogen status or metabolic hormones. Osteoporosis Int 27(9): 2755-2764, 2016.

2. Bloomfield SA, Martinez DA, Boudreaux RD, Mantri AV. Microgravity stress: Bone and connective tissue. Comp Physiol 6: 645-686, 2016.

3. Macias BR, Lima F, Swift JM, Shirazi-Fard Y, Greene ES, Allen MR, Fluckey J, Hogan HA, Braby L, Wang S, Bloomfield SA. Simulating the Lunar environment: Partial weightbearing and high-LET radiation induce bone loss and increase sclerostin-positive osteocytes. Radiat Res 186: 254-263, 2016

4. Ritchie LE, Taddeo SS, Weeks BR, Lima F, Bloomfield SA, Azcarate-Peril M, Zwart SR, Smith SM, Turner ND. Space environmental factor impacts upon murine colonic microbiota and mucosal homeostasis. PLoS One 10 (6): e0125792, 2015 *

5. Swift JM, Swift SN, Allen MR, Bloomfield SA. Beta-1 adrenergic agonist treatment mitigates negative changes in cancellous bone microarchitecture and inhibits osteocyte apoptosis during disuse. PLoS One 9: e106904, 2014.

6. Boudreaux RD, Metzger CE, Macias BR, Shirazi-Fard Y, Hogan HA, Bloomfield SA. Bone loss during partial weightbearing (1/6th gravity) is mitigated by resistance and aerobic exercise in mice. Acta Astronautica 99: 71-77, 2014

7. Ploutz-Snyder L, Bloomfield S, Smith SM, Hunter SK, Templeton K, Bemben D. Effects of sex and gender on adaptation to space: musculoskeletal health. J Women[48]19s Health 23: 963-966, 2014.

8. Boudreaux RD, Swift JM, Gasier HG, Wiggs MP, Hogan HA, Fluckey JA, Bloomfield SA. Increased resistance during jump exercise does not enhance cortical bone formation. Med Sci Sports Exerc 46(5): 982-989, 2014

9. Swift SN, Swift JM, Bloomfield SA. Mechanical loading increases detection of estrogen-alpha receptors in osteocytes and osteoblasts despite chronic energy restriction. J Appl Physiol 117: 1349-1355, 2014

10. Shirazi-Fard Y, Metzger CE, Kwaczala AT, Judex S, Bloomfield SA, Hogan HA. Moderate intensity resistive exercise improves metaphyseal cancellous bone recovery following an initial disuse period, but does not mitigate decrements during a subsequent disuse period in adult rats. Bone 66: 296-305, 2014.

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

T3 - Long-Term Health Impact of the Space Environment: Retired Astronaut Biomedical Data Repository. (PI)
TAMU T3 (state)
2018/04/01 - 2020/03/31
Total Funding: 32,500.

Fellowship Award - Heather Allaway - Will Use of Long-Acting, Reversible Contraceptives Mitigate Bone Loss in Female Rats During Simulated Exploration Class Missions?. (PI)
Baylor College of Medicine - NASA (Federal)
2018/01/01 - 2019/12/31
Total Funding: 115,328.

The Benefits of Exercise During Disuse Extend Beyond Weight-bearing Alone. (PI)
American College of Sports Medicine (Private)
2017/03/01 - 2019/02/28
Total Funding: 1,500.

Mitigating Radiation-induced Bone Loss via Dietary Modulation of Enflammatory Cytokines. (PI)
NASA-Washington (Federal)
2016/12/07 - 2018/12/06
Total Funding: 100,000.

Pre-Treatment Approaches for Improving the Response of Bone to Disuse and Recovery. (Co-PI)
NASA-Washington (Federal)
2013/09/01 - 2018/08/31
Total Funding: 269,772.
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2005 - 2012). Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Assoc Editor (1998 - 2002). Clinical Exercise Physiology

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2009). Councillor.  Environment & Exercise Physiology Section, American Physiological Society

(2009). Associate Lead.  Musculoskeletal Alterations Team, National Space Biomedical Research Institute

(2003-2006). ACSM Annual Program Committee. 

(2002-2005). ACSM Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee. 

(2000). Board of Trustees-3 yr. Term.  American College of Sports Medicine

Professional Leadership/Service (State)

(2000). President.  Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine


(2016). American College of Sports Medicine Citation Award.  2nd Highest Research Award given nationally

(2015). AFS Distinguished Award.  Excellence in Research

(2011). Armstrong Research Scholar Award.  R.B. Armstrong Research Scholar Award

(2011). Faculty Mentor.  NSBRI Space Life Science Fellow program

(2001). NIH Special Emphasis Panel.  Geriatric and Rehabilitative

(1998). NIH Special Emphasis Panel.  Geriatric and Rehabilitative

(1997). Fellow.  American College of Sports Management

(1997). Research Career Enhancement Award.  American Physiological Society

(1994). Outstanding New Faculty.  TAMU

(1993). Visiting Scholar Award.  American College of Sports Medicine

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