Dr. Matthew Kostek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Duquesne University. He is the founder and current director of the Laboratory of Muscle and Translational Therapeutics in the Rangos School of Health Sciences where he conducts collaborative research projects on muscle physiology with the Departments of Biology, Pharmacy, and Occupational Therapy and the University of Pittsburgh.
His laboratory examines the molecular mechanisms and rehabilitation outcomes of therapeutic interventions to treat skeletal muscle loss due to injury, aging, or disease. From molecule to mouse to man, current research projects in his laboratory are examining: 1) nanoparticle drug delivery to treat muscular dystrophy, 2) exercise and muscle loading interventions to treat muscular dystrophy, and 3) in collaboration with scientists and clinicians at Duquesne and UPMC they are examining alternative therapies that include exercise to treat chronic pain syndromes. He has received federal, foundation, and corporate funding for his research and received the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence in the Rangos School of Health Sciences.
Dr. Kostek is highly involved with the American College of Sports Medicine where he has served on several committees both as a member and chair and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Kostek has authored several publications; a partial list is here.