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Gordon Warren

Distinguished University Professor    

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia
B.S. (Nuclear Engineering)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
M.S. (Radiological Sciences/Biomedical Engineering)

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia
Ph.D. (Exercise Physiology)


Courses Taught

  • Research I: Methods
  • Research II: Investigations
  • Research III: Synthesis
  • Research IV: Dissemination
  • Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Pathophysiology

Selected Publications

Li, M.T., M.A. Ruehle, H.Y. Stevens, N. Servies, N.J. Willett, S. Karthikeyakannan, G.L. Warren, R.E. Guldberg, and L. Krishnan. Skeletal myoblast-seeded vascularized tissue scaffolds in the treatment of a large volumetric muscle defect in the rat biceps femoris muscle. Tissue Eng. Part A. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1089/ten.TEA.2016.0523

Morelli, K.M., L.B. Brown, and G.L. Warren. NSAID impact on acute skeletal muscle injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Am. J. Sports Med. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1177/0363546517697957.

Warren, G.L., J.A. Call, A.K. Farthing, and B. Baadom-Piaro. Minimal evidence for a secondary loss of strength after an acute muscle injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Med. 47: 41-59, 2017.

Housley, S.N., D.L. Thompson, J.E. Lewis, and G.L. Warren. A proximal fibularis brevis muscle is associated with longitudinal split tendons: a cadaveric study. J. Foot Ankle Surg. 56: 34-36, 2017.

Tsai, L.C., Y.A. Ko, K.E. Hammond, J.W. Xerogeanes, G.L. Warren, and C.M. Powers Increasing hip and knee flexion during a drop-jump task reduces tibiofemoral shear and compressive forces: implications for ACL injury prevention training. J. Sports Sci. 35:2405-2411, 2017.

Willett, N.J., L. Krishnan, M.T. Li, R.E. Guldberg, and G.L. Warren. Guidelines for models of skeletal muscle injury and therapeutic assessment. Cells Tissues Organs. 202: 214-226, 2016.

Nichenko, A.S., W.M. Southern, M. Atuan, J. Luan, K.B. Peissig, S.J. Folz, A.M. Beedle, G.L. Warren, and J.A. Call. Mitochondrial maintenance via autophagy contributes to functional skeletal muscle regeneration and remodeling. Am. J. Physiol: Cell Physiol. 311: C190-200, 2016.

Collier, N.B., M.A. Hardy, M.L. Millard-Stafford, and G.L. Warren. Small beneficial effect of caffeinated energy drink ingestion on strength. J. Strength Cond. Res. 30: 1862-1870, 2016.

Henes, S.T., A. Johnson, M. Toner, K. Mamaril, M. Kelkar, Y. Xiao, and G.L. Warren. Assessing resting metabolic rate in overweight and obese adolescents with a portable indirect calorimeter: A pilot study for validity and reliability. Nutr. Clin. Pract. 31: 355-361, 2016.

Morelli, K.M., J.D. Garcia, L.B. Brown, A.K. Farthing, J.L. Miller, and G.L. Warren. Clinical measures predicting knee extensor muscle activation during a maximal voluntary isometric contraction. J. Exerc. Sports Orthop. 3: 1-10, 2016.

Selected Presentations

“Rehabilitation strategies in preclinical models: An overview of the fundamentals”. Presented by Linda Noble and Gordon Warren at the 6th Annual Regenerative Rehabilitation Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA, November 3, 2017 (Invited Tutorial).

“Recovery from varying types of muscle injury: Importance of repair versus regeneration and role of mitochondria”. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, February 16, 2017 (Invited Tutorial).

“Estrogen impacts inflammation and recovery of strength following traumatic muscle injury”. Presented at the 5th Annual Regenerative Rehabilitation Symposium at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, October 16, 2016 (Invited Tutorial).

“Problem: how do we advance the muscle-bone signaling story?” Presented by Susan Bloomfield, Mark Hamrick, and Gordon Warren at the Orthopaedic Research Society’s 46th International Sun Valley Workshop on Musculoskeletal Biology, August 10, 2016 (Refereed Symposium).

“Multisystem impact of estrogen-deficiency with aging and physical activity”. Presented by Wendy Kohrt, Dawn Lowe, Eija Pöllänen, Espen Spangenberg, and Gordon Warren at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, June 3, 2016 (Refereed Symposium).

Research Interests

Most recent research efforts have focused on: 1) how cellular- and molecular-level inflammatory processes modulate the functional recovery following traumatic and exercise/work-induced musculoskeletal injuries, 2) how aging and loss of estrogen in females modulate muscle strength and recovery from traumatic muscle injury, and 3) how adjacent tissues (i.e., muscle and bone) affect the other’s recovery from traumatic wounds mimicking those occurring on the battlefield.


“Joint Load Modulation on Post-Injury Knee OA” grant, Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training grant, 2017-2018, Co-investigator, $45,807.

“Combining Clinically Available Rehabilitative and Regenerative Strategies to Improve Functional Outcomes after Severe Extremity Trauma” DOD grant in collaboration with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), 2016-2019, Co-PI, $1,418,490 (GSU portion: $225,001).

“Interaction of Estrogen, Age and Activity on Musculoskeletal Strength in Females” NIH R01 grant (competitive renewal) in collaboration with the University in Minnesota, 2014-2019, Co-PI, $2,232,525 (GSU portion: $434,676).

Professional Service Activities

American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) National Scientific Advisory Council, Committee member, 2005-present.

Served as manuscript reviewer for the American Journal of Physiology, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Aviation, Space, & Environmental Med Biological Research for Nursing, Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology, Cells, Tissues, & Organs, Clinical Science, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Hormone Research, International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, Journal of Physiology, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Muscle and Nerve, PloS ONE, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Sports Medicine.

Served on grant proposal review panels for the American Federation for Aging Research, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the United Kingdom Government/Wellcome Trust, and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.


Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
Member, American Physiological Society

 Awards and Honors

  • Selected as the Henry J. Montoye Scholar for the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2011
  • Graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne (Parachute) School (1979), U.S. Army Ranger School (1981), and U.S. Army Jungle Warfare School (1981)
  • Distinguished Military Graduate, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1980


  • Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions, Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis (SRMA) Initiative; Coordinator, 2017-present.
  • Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions; Promotion and Tenure Committee; Committee chair, 2013-present.
  • University Promotion and Tenure Manual Committee, Committee member, 2015-present.