Manda L. Keller-Ross, PhD, DPT, PT

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy

Manda L. Keller-Ross

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-3175

Fax 612-625-4274

Office Address:
Division of Physical Therapy
311 Children's Rehab Ctr
426 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
Division of Physical Therapy
MMC 388
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy

Post-doctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic (Cardiovascular Diseases), 2012-2015

PhD, Marquette University (Integrative Neuromuscular Physiology, Exercise Physiology), 2011

BS, University of Minnesota (Kinesiology), 2002

DPT, Marquette University (Physical Therapy), 2006


Awards & Recognition

  • NIKE, Inc. Loren G. Myhre Environmental and Exercise Physiology Postdoctoral Research Award, EEP Section of the American Physiology Society, 2015
  • Recognition Award for Beginning Investigators (Exercise and Environmental Physiology, EEP) section of the American Physiological Society, 2014
  • Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS II) Scholarship from the Foundation of Physical Therapy, Marquette University, 2010
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Research Award, McMaster, 2008
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Marquette University, 2006

Professional Associations

  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine, Member
  • American Physiology Society, Member
    • Exercise and Environmental Physiology Section Member
    • Cardiovascular Section Member


Research Summary/Interests

  • Mechanisms of exercise intolerance in patients with hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Neuromuscular limitations that contribute to skeletal muscle fatigue and central inhibition in cardiovascular diseases.
  • Novel therapeutic strategies to treat musculoskeletal myopathies and reduce muscle fatigue in adults with heart failure.
  • The contribution of locomotor muscle afferents (group III and IV) to central drive and cardiorespiratory responses during exercise in both healthy adults and those with heart failure.
  • Interventions to reduce blood pressure and ventilation and improve exertional symptoms during exercise in chronic illnesses.
  • Use of neuromodulation to reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension and heart failure.


  • Keller-Ross, ML, Johnson.BD, Carter, R, Joyner, MJJ, Eisenach, J, Curry, T, Olson, TP. (2015). Improved Ventilatory Efficiency with Locomotor Muscle Afferent Inhibition is Strongly Associated with Leg Composition in Heart Failure. (Int J Cardiol, In Press)
  • Keller-Ross, ML, Cowl, A, Cross, TJ, Johnson, BD, Olson, TP. (2015) Ventilation Increases with Lower Extremity Venous Occlusion in Young Adults. (MSSE, In Press, PMID:26484951).
  • Cross TJ, Keller-Ross ML, Issa A, Wentz R. Taylor B, Johnson B. (2015) The impact of averaging window length on the desaturation indexes obtained via overnight pulse oximetry at high altitude. Sleep, 38(8):1331-4doi:10.5665
  • Keller-Ross ML, Joyner, MJ, Johnson, BD, Olson, TP.(2014) Influence of the metaboreflex on arterial blood pressure in heart failure patients. Am Heart J, 167(4):521-8.
  • Keller-Ross ML, Pruse, J, Yoon T, Schlinder-Delap B, Harkins, A & Hunter SK. (2014) Stress-Induced increase in muscle fatigability of young men and women is predicted by strength but not voluntary activation. J Appl Physiol, 116(7):767-768.
  • Keller-Ross ML, Schlinder-Delap B, Doyel, R, Larson, G & Hunter SK. (2014) Muscle fatigability is greater in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 46(7):1302-13.
  • Yoon T, Schlinder-Delap B, Keller ML & Hunter SK (2011b). Supraspinal fatigue impedes recovery from a low-intensity sustained contraction in old adults. J Appl Physiol 112, 849-858.
  • Keller ML, Pruse, J, Yoon T, Schlinder-Delap B, Harkins, A & Hunter SK (2011). Supraspinal Fatigue in men and women during a low force fatiguing contraction. Med Sci Sports Exerc.43, 1873-1883.
  • Pereira H, Keller ML (2011). Understanding the mechanisms of neuromuscular fatigue with paired-pulse stimulation. J Physiol 589 (Pt 14), 3533-3544.
  • Hoeger Bement M, Weyer A, Keller, ML, Harkins AL, Hunter SK (2010) Anxiety and stress can predict pain perception following a cognitive stress. Physiology & Behavior 101: 87-92
  • Yoon T, Keller ML, Delap BS ,Harkins A, Lepers R, &Hunter SK (2009). Sex differences in response to cognitive stress during a fatiguing contraction. J Appl Physiol: respiratory, environmental and exercise physiology 107: 1486-1496.
  • Hoeger-Bement M, Rasiarmos R, DiCapo R, Lewis A, Keller ML, Harkins A, Hunter S (2009). The Role of the Menstrual Cycle Phase In Pain Perception Before and After an Isometric Fatiguing Contraction. Eur J Appl Physiol 106: 105-112. (PMID:19189119) 


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