The Catholic University of America

Michael Harris-Love, DSc, MPT

Research Scientist

3M.A.P. Lab

VA Medical Center
Extended Care Service, 11G
50 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20422

National Rehabilitation Hospital Room 1074
102 Irving Street NW
Washington DC 20010
(202) 877-1091

Research Interests

My general research interest is muscle plasticity in response to training, detraining, normal aging, and chronic disease. This overarching research goal requires foundational work in the following key areas: characterizing muscle ultrastructure and motor performance, and developing exercise-based rehabilitation interventions. These research efforts have involved the development or refinement of assessment methods such as force control testing, anaerobic fatigue assessment, functional batteries, and non-invasive morphology assessment via sonography. Ongoing laboratory activities include the development of sonographic methods for sarcopenia and myosteatosis screening, and exploring the physiologic advantages of eccentric muscle actions for use in rehabilitation interventions for older adults.



  • DSc, Health Sciences, University of Indianapolis, 2004
  • MPT, Physical Therapy, Mayo School of Health Sciences, 1997
  • BS, Exercise Science/Physical Education, Northern Arizona University, 1995

Honors and Awards

  • Butler-Williams Scholar, National Institute on Aging, NIH, 2013
  • United States Bone and Joint Decade: Young Investigator Initiative Fellowship Award, 2006 – 2007
  • Exercise Science Graduate of the Year, College of Health Professions, Northern Arizona University, 1995

Representative Publications

Harris-Love MO, Adams B, Hernandez HJ, DiPiertro L, Blackman MR. Disparities in the consequences of sarcopenia: implications for African American veterans.  Frontiers in Physiology. 2014;5:250. (doi:10.3389/fphys.2014.00250)

Harris-Love MO, Fernández-Rhodes LE, Joe G, Shrader JA, Kokkinis AD, La Pean A, Auh S, Chen C, Li L, Levy EW,  Davenport TE, Di Prospero NA, Fischbeck KH. Assessing function and muscle endurance in adults with neuromuscular disease: validity of the Adult Myopathy Assessment Tool.  Rehabilitation Research and Practice. 2014; Article ID 873872, 16 pages. (doi:10.1155/2014/873872)

Harris-Love MO, Shrader JA, Koziol D, et al: Distribution and severity of weakness in adult and juvenile myositis.  Rheumatology (Oxford). 2009;48(2):134-9.


Reading; writing; drawing; jazz; weight lifting