• Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: School of Health Sciences
  • Division: Exercise Science Division Director
  • Campus Address: Health Professions Building 1174
  • Phone: 989-774-2927
  • Alternate Phone: 989-774-3541
  • Email: sharm2n@cmich.edu
  • Area(s) of Expertise:
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Insulin Resistance
    • Aging
    • Nutrition
    • Calorie Restriction
    • Skeletal Muscle
    • Cardiac Muscle
    • Metabolism
    • Cell Signaling


HSC 503: Health Implications of Obesity
HSC 638: Endocrine and Metabolic Responses to Exercise

Degrees and Universities

Bachelor of Science, Queens University (2001). Biology
Bachelor of Physical Health Education, Queens University (2001). Exercise Physiology

Masters of Science, Case Western Reserve University (2004). Exercise Physiology
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University (2007). Nutrition
Post-Doctoral Training, University of Michigan (2010). Muscle Biology

Professional Organizations

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Diabetes Association

American Physiological Society

American Heart Association

Endocrine Society

Michigan Physiological Society

Research Areas

Aging leads to an increased prevalence of several pathologies that are linked to insulin resistance including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders.  Dr. Sharma’s lab is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that lead to age-associated insulin resistance, and how interventions such as diet and exercise may slow this consequence of aging.

Peer-Reviewed Publications (most recent 5)

1. Roth J, Szczygiel T, Moore M, O'Connor P, Edwards J, Sharma N, Pettit-Mee R, Zuhl M. Profiling inflammatory markers during the competitive season and post season in collegiate wrestlers. J Strength Cond Res. 2017 Dec 11. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002360. [Epub ahead of print].

2. Sharma N, Arias EB, and Cartee GD. Inhibition of Akt2 phosphorylation abolishes the calorie restriction-induced improvement in insulin-stimulated glucose uptake by rat soleus muscle. Appl Phys Nutr Metab 41: 1208-11, 2016.

3. Sessions J, Bourbeau K, Rosinski M, Szczygiel T, Nelson R, Sharma N, and Zuhl MN. The effects of carbohydrate gel ingestion during running in the heat on markers of gastrointestinal damage and plasma cytokines. Eur J Sport Sci 3: 1-9, 2016.

4. Wang H, Sharma N, Arias EB, and Cartee GD. Insulin signaling and glucose uptake in the soleus muscle of 30-month-old rats after calories restriction with or without acute exercise. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 71: 323-32, 2016.

5. Castorena CM, Arias EB, Sharma N, and Cartee GD. Effects of a brief high fat diet and acute exercise on the MTORC1 and IKK/NF-κB pathway in rat skeletal muscle. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 40: 251-62, 2015.