UMass Boston

Melissa Linden

Exercise & Health Science
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

The role of lifestyle modification (diet and exercise) on metabolism and health, Energy metabolism, Metabolic dysfunction and disease (type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity), Liver and skeletal muscle physiology, Interactions between medications to treat type 2 diabetes and exercise/diet


PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
MA, University of Missouri (Exercise Physiology), MO
BS, Truman State University (Exercise Science), MO

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Dr. Linden has a continued interest in 1) how overweight/obesity contribute to lifestyle related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, 2) how lifestyle interventions such as exercise training, dietary intervention, and/or caloric restriction can prevent and treat these conditions, and 3) how pharmacological therapies with and without lifestyle modification affect glycemic control and ectopic lipid deposition.  Dr. Linden has extensive training in both human research as well as the use of cell culture and preclinical models.  Her research relies on translational approaches to answer focused research questions and she strives to use clinical observations from interventional trials to identify molecular mechanisms that contribute metabolic health and disease across the lifespan.  The goal of her research program is to identify better ways to treat dysregulated metabolism and lifestyle-related diseases.  

Teaching Expertise

  • Exercise Metabolism
  • Exercise Physiology Internship

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • American Physiological Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Physiological Society


Dr. Linden is currently seeking a doctoral student.