Joseph R Libonati, PhD, FAHA
Associate Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 126B Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 746-3986

Dr. Libonati earned his Ph.D. from Temple University in 1993 and performed a post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine from 1993 to 1996. He has held faculty positions at Boston University School of Medicine, Northeastern University and Temple University prior to his appointment in the School of Nursing. He is currently a Fellow of the American Heart Association (Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences). Dr. Libonati is the Director of the Laboratory of Innovative and Translational Nursing Research (LITNR) at the School of Nursing.

My teaching philosophy is based on critical thinking. My in-class approach is to provide students with basic, fundamental concepts in physiology and then challenge them to apply those concepts to clinical situations. I currently teach N681 (Pulmonary Physiology), N682 (Cardiovascular Physiology), and N607 (Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology). I also utilize my laboratory as a teaching opportunity, where I am currently mentoring several undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows in various phases of research.

My laboratory is focused on determining the putative mechanisms by which exercise training benefits the heart in a host of cardiovascular diseases including: hypertension, myocardial infarction, and doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity. We employ a translational research approach, ranging from basic bench studies in isolated hearts and cardiomyocytes to applied human investigations. Our goal is to optimize treatment strategies for heart disease and develop ways to ameliorate the development of heart failure.

Check out Dr. Libonati’s Penn Research News videos on YouTube:
Exercise as We Age
F.I.T. = Frequency+Intensity+Time
How Exercise Benefits the Heart
How Exercise Can Help Prevent a Second Heart Attack

Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Biobehavioral Research

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