Dr. Matthew Kostek is an Assistant 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 with the Departments of Biology, Pharmacy, and Occupational Therapy.
Dr. Kostek earned his BS degree at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio; an MS degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; and PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Dr. Kostek completed his post-doctoral training at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, in the molecular genetics of skeletal muscle.
His laboratory examines the molecular mechanisms and rehabilitation outcomes of therapeutic interventions to treat skeletal muscle loss due to injury, aging, or disease. His laboratory utilizes cell culture, animal, and human models to understand skeletal muscle physiology. Current research projects in his laboratory are examining nanoparticle drug delivery to treat muscular dystrophy, exercise and muscle loading interventions to treat muscular dystrophy, and the use of high powered lasers to treat muscle injury. He has received federal, foundation, and corporate funding for his research and recently (2015) 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 many publications; a partial list is here.