Danielle Kirkman

Danielle Kirkman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(804) 828-1948

813 W Franklin ST (new STEM building 6th floor)


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Delaware, DE., 2018
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Bangor University, Wales, UK., 2013
  • M.Sc. in Exercise Rehabilitation, Bangor University, Wales, UK., 2008
  • B.SC. in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University, Wales, UK., 2009

Research Interests

In the Cardio-Renal Physiology Lab, research is focused on integrative physiology at the nexus of cardiovascular and renal health. The lab studies populations currently living with or at risk of developing cardiovascular and renal diseases. The lab aims to identify novel treatment targets and implement interventions that may have a direct clinical impact (through improving exercise tolerance and quality of life) and a disease modifying impact (by way of preventing or slowing the progression of cardiovascular and/or renal disease). 

Select Publications

  • Mihalick VL, Canada J, Arena R, Abbate A, Kirkman DL. Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. 2021; S0033-0620(21)00049-9.
  • Kirkman DL, Robinson AT, Rossman M, Seals DR, Edwards DG. The Role of the Mitochondria in Vascular Dysfunction. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 2021
  • Kirkman DL, Bohmke N, Carbone S, Garten RS, Rodriguez-Miguelez P, Franco RL, Kidd JM, Abbate A. Exertional Fatigue in Kidney Diseases. American Journal of Physiology: Renal Physiology. 2021; 320:F161-F173.
  • Kirkman DL, Scott M, Kidd J, Macdonald JH. The effects of intradialytic exercise on hemodialysis adequacy: a systematic review. Seminars in Dialysis. 2019; 32:368-378.
  • Kirkman DL, Ramick M, Muth BJ, Stock JM, Pohlig RJ, Townsend RR, Edwards, DG. The Effects of aerobic exercise on vascular function in stage 3-5 Chronic Kidney Disease: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Physiology, Renal Physiology. 2019; 316: F898-F905.
  • Kirkman, DL, Ramick MG, Muth BJ, Townsend RR, Edwards DG. Mitochondrial derived reactive oxygen species contribute to microvascular dysfunction in Chronic Kidney Disease. American Journal of Physiology, Renal Physiology. 2018; 314: F432-429.

View a full list of publications on PubMed.


  • HPEX 440 - Chronic Disease and Exercise Management
  • HPEX 475 - Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • HEMS 600 - Introduction to Research Methods
  • HEMS 675 - Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • HEMS 692 - Independent Study
  • HEMS 797 - Directed Research Study
  • REMS 798 - Research in Rehabilitation and Movement Science