Rian Landers-Ramos, Ph.D., CSCS

Assistant Professor


Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 121 V
M/W 11am-12pm
Tues. 3:30pm-4:30pm


Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2015

M.A., Sport and Exercise Psychology, San Diego State University, 2006

B.A., Biology, Lafayette College, 2003

Areas of Expertise

Exercise Physiology
Blood-derived cardiovascular risk factors
Vascular and Musculoskeletal responses to exercise

Dr. Landers-Ramos is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University (TU). Her research focuses on the effects of acute and chronic exercise on vascular and musculoskeletal health across the lifespan. Recently, she has been using near-infrared spectroscopy to non-invasively investigate the effects of older age and physical activity on skeletal muscle mitochondrial capacity and microvascular blood flow. She is also interested in vascular and skeletal muscle recovery responses to different modalities of acute exercise ranging from an ultramarathon to short-duration, high intensity functional training. She regularly involves students in her research through Fieldwork and Independent Study mechanisms. Prior to joining the faculty at TU, she completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland in College Park. Her doctoral and postdoctoral work involved the effects of cardiovascular diseases and physical inactivity on circulating angiogenic cells (CACs), endothelial microparticles (EMPs), and inflammatory cytokines. Dr. Landers-Ramos is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is highly involved with the Mid-Atlantic American College of Sports Medicine (MARC ACSM). 

Recent Publications

  1. DeLuca JR, Clevenger SM, Zabriskie HA, Landers-Ramos RQ. Exploring Women’s Marathon Performance in the United States, 1980-2019. Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change. Accepted September 18, 2022.
  2. Landers-Ramos RQ, Dondero K, Nelson C, Ranadive SM, Prior SJ, Addison O. Muscle thickness and inflammation during a 50km ultramarathon in recreational runners. PLoS One. 2022 Sep 1;17(9): e0273510. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0273510 
  3. Landers-Ramos RQ, Lawal I, Imery I, Siok S, Addison O, Zabriskie HA, Dondero K, Dobrosielski DA. High-intensity functional exercise does not cause persistent elevations in augmentation index in young men and women. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 222 Sep 1;47(9):963-972. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2022-0081.
  4. Landers-Ramos RQ, Dondero KR, Rowland RW, Larkins D, Addison, O. Peripheral vascular and neuromuscular responses to ultramarathon running. Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise. Published online November 11, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42978-021-00142-0 

Complete List of Published work: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/18oTm0zhOCAQz/bibliography/public/ 

Courses Taught 

  • KNES 313 Physiology of Exercise 
  • KNES 318 Scientific Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning
  • KNES 457 Physiology of Aging
  • KNES 469 Advanced Writing for Research in Exercise Science