SUSAN BLOOMFIELD
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
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Primary Emphasis Area: Kinesiology
Vita: View Document
Web Site: http://cerd.tamu.edu/
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 skeletal adaptations to disuse, microgravity, and caloric deficiency. Dr. Bloomfield is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and in the National Academy of Kinesiology. Her research has been funded since 1997 by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, NASA, and Department of Defense. A frequent member of NASA advisory panels, Dr. Bloomfield currently serves on two Institute of Medicine committees advisory to NASA. Since 2016, she has served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education & Human Development, overseeing CEHD Research & Development Office staff and functions.
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. Narayanan A*, Metzger CE*, Bloomfield SA, Zawieja DC. Inflammation-induced lymphatic architecture and bone turnover changes are ameliorated by irisin treatment in chronic inflammatory bowel disease. FASEB J (in press) (In Press)

2. Metzger CE, Brezicha JE, Elizondo JP, Narayanan A, Hogan HA, Bloomfield SA. Differential responses of mechano-sensitive osteocyte proteins in forelimbs and hindlimbs in hindlimb unloaded rats. Bone 105: 26-34, 2017.

3. Metzger CE*, Narayanan A*, Zawieja DC, Bloomfield SA. Inflammatory bowel disease in a rodent model alters osteocyte protein levels controlling bone turnover. J Bone Miner Res 32: 802-813, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/jbmr.3027

4. Lang T, Van Loon JWA, Bloomfield S, Vico L, Chopard A, RittwegerJ, Kyparos A, Blottner D, Vuori I, Gerzer R, Cavanagh PR. Towards human exploration of space: the THESEUS review series on muscle and bone research priorities. npj Microgravity 3: Article 8. 2017. DOI: 10.1038/s41526-017-0013-0.

5. 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.

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

7. 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

8. 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 *

9. 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.

10. 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

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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.

Iron Overload and Oxidative Damage: Regulators of Bone Homeostasis in the Space Environment. (PI)
NASA-Washington (Federal)
2013/08/01 - 2018/12/31
Total Funding: 681,527.
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)

(2017). Fellow, National Academy of Kinesiology. 

(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

Awards

(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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