Associate Professor of Nursing

Joseph Libonati investigates how exercise affects cardiovascular physiology, bridging the gap between laboratory and clinic to give health care providers new tools to affect clinical outcomes.

As director of Penn Nursing’s Laboratory of Innovative and Translational Nursing Research, Dr. Libonati investigates how exercise training affects the heart in numerous cardiovascular disease states, including myocardial infarction (and post-myocardial infarction), hypertension, and cardiotoxicity from the chemotherapy medication doxorubicin. His background as a clinical exercise physiologist benefits his role as a leader of translational research, as he brings firsthand experience with cardiac rehabilitation patients to the laboratory.

“The ebb and flow of energy between teachers and students is very gratifying. I love it when a student says, ‘Your class really helped me.’”

Education

  • PhD , Temple University, 1993
  • MS, East Stroudsburg University, 1987
  • BS, East Stroudsburg University, 1986