Scott Powers, Ph.D.

UAA Endowed Professor, Distinguished Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

  • Ph.D. in Physiology, Louisiana State University (1985)
  • Post-doctoral Research, University of California-Santa Barbara (1982)
  • Ed.D. in Exercise Physiology, University of Tennessee (1980)
  • M.E.d. in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology, University of Georgia (1973)
  • B.S. in Physical Education, Carson Newman College (1972)

Powers CV
Integrative Muscle Biochemistry Lab

Contact Info

FLG 114
P.O. Box 118208
Gainesville, FL 32611-8208
(352) 294-1713 |


Scott K. Powers, Ph.D., is a physiologist who specializes in investigating the effects of muscular exercise and inactivity on both cardiac and skeletal muscle. Specifically, Powers’ research has focused upon exercise mediated changes in cardiac and skeletal muscle antioxidant systems and the role that these changes play in providing protection against ischemia-reperfusion injury. The current focus of the Powers’ laboratory is to investigate the mechanisms responsible for respiratory muscle weakness in patients subjected to prolonged periods of mechanical ventilation. Powers’ laboratory research has been funded by extramural grants from the National Institutes of Health, Florida Biomedical Research Program, American Heart Association-Florida, and American Lung Association-Florida.

In addition to conducting research, Powers is an enthusiastic teacher, having earned three University of Florida teaching awards. Moreover, he has co-authored four textbooks that are used in college exercise physiology courses.

In addition to teaching awards, Powers has received several academic honors including being elected President of the Southeastern chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (1986) and Vice-President of the American College of Sports Medicine (1997-99). Furthermore, Powers was selected as the Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine Scholar in 1995 and he has earned a Career Enhancement Award from the American Physiological Society. He has served on grant review study sections for the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association-Florida, and NASA. Powers also serves on numerous editorial boards for scholarly journals and is currently a senior editor for the Journal of Physiology.

Research Interests

  • Redox control of cell signaling in cardiac and skeletal muscle fibers
  • Mechanisms responsible for inactivity-induced skeletal muscle atrophy


  • PET 5936 Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • PET 5936 Professional Skills/Grant Writing
  • APK 7117 Advanced Exercise Metabolism