Amanda Zaleski

Graduate Student, Kinesiology (Affiliate)


Research Overview

Ms. Zaleski’s main research interest is blood clot risk in athletes and at risk populations. Ms. Zaleski has funded by the CT Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship, Hartford Hospital, and the American College of Sports Medicine NASA Space Physiology Grants for her ongoing research in this area. Her study, Investigating Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk in Women At Flight, seeks to examine the influence of estrogen-based oral contraceptives on blood clot risk in active women at flight. This study is in collaboration with Dr. Beth Taylor (UConn, Hartford Hospital), Dr. Paul Thompson (Hartford Hospital) and major advisor Dr. Linda Pescatello, (UConn). Ms. Zaleski also has taken the lead on study coordination for the “The Influence of Cardiorespiratory Fitness on Firefighter Cardiovascular Health Under Conditions of Heavy Physical Exertion” (FIT and FIRED UP) study under Principal Investigator Dr. Linda Pescatello. FIT and FIRED UP will examine the influence of cardiorespiratory fitness on markers of sudden cardiac death and cardiovascular disease before and after a maximal physical effort among 50 firefighters from a Fire Department in Middlesex County.

Education

PhD, 2014 to present, Exercise Science, University of Connecticut

BS, 2005, Allied Health, University of Connecticut

MS, 2008, Biology, Central Connecticut State University

Featured Publications

Augeri AL, G Tsongalis, JL Van Heest, CM Maresh, PD Thompson and LS Pescatello. The Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase -786 T>C Polymorphism and the Exercise Induced Blood Pressure and Nitric Oxide Responses among Men with Elevated Blood Pressure. Atherosclerosis Dec 16, 2008 Epub ahead of print 204: e28-34, 2009. PMID: 19155013.

Parker BA, Augeri AL, Capizzi JA, Troyanos C, Kriz P, D’Hemecourt P, Thompson PD. Effect of Air Travel on Exercise-Induced Coagulatory and Fibrinolytic Activation in Marathon Runners. Clin J Sport Med 2011 Mar;21(2):126-30. PMID: 21358503.

Parker B, Capizzi J, Augeri AL, Grimaldi A, Proctor D, Thompson P. Sex-specific Effect of Aging on Submaximal Leg Exercise Hemodynamics in Middle-aged and Older Adults. Eur J Appl Physiol 2011 Jul;111(7):1369-79. PMID: 21153657.

Parker BA, Tschakovsky ME, Augeri AL, Polk DM, Thompson PD, Kiernan FJ. Heterogenous vasodilator pathways underlie flow-mediated dilation in men and women. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2011 Sep;301(3):H1118-26. PMID: 21642502.

Parker B, Capizzi J, Augeri AL, Grimaldi A, White MC, and Thompson P. Atorvastatin Increases Exercise Leg Blood Flow in Healthy Adults. Atherosclerosis 2011 Dec;219(2):768-73. PMID: 22018642.

Parker BA, Augeri AL, Capizzi JA, Ballard KD, Kupchak BR, Volek JS, Troyanos C, Kriz P, D’Hemecourt P, Thompson PD. Effect of a Marathon Run and Air Travel on Pre- and Post-Run Soluble D-Dimer, Microparticles’ Procoagulant Activity and p-Selectin Levels. Am J Cardiol 2012 May 15;109(10):1521-5. PMID: 22342849.

Olson KM, Augeri AL, Seip RL, Tsongalis GJ, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. Correlates of endothelial function and the peak systolic blood pressure response to a graded maximal exercise test. Atherosclerosis 2012 May;222(1):202-7. PMID: 22325930.

Parker BA, Augeri AL, Capizzi JA, Ballard KD, Troyanos C, Baggish AL, D’Hemecourt PA, Thompson PD. Effect of statins on creatine kinase levels before and after a marathon run. Am J Cardiol. 2012 Jan 15;109(2):282-7. PMID: 22036108.

Zaleski AL, Capizzi J, Ballard K, Troyanos C, Baggish A, D’Hemecourt P, Thompson P, Parker B. Statins Augment the Increase in P-Selectin Produced by Prolonged Exercise. Journal of Sports Medicine 2013 (2013). Article ID 487567.

Taylor BA, Zaleski AL, Capizzi JA, Ballard KD, Troyanos C, Baggish AL, D’Hemecourt PA, Dada MR, Thompson PD. Influence of chronic exercise on carotid atherosclerosis in marathon runners. BMJ Open 2014 Feb 14;4(2). PMID: 24531453.

Ballard K, Tschakovsky ME, Zaleski AL, Polk DM, Thompson PD, Kiernan FJ, Parker BA. Redundant Vasodilator Pathways Underlying Radial Artery Flow-Mediated Dilation are Preserved in Healthy Aging. Journal of Aging Research. Epub 2014 May 21. PMID: 24963406

Eijsvogels TMH, Januzzi JL, Parker BA, Isaacs SK, D’Hemecourt P, Zaleski AL, Dyer S, Troyanos CA, Weiner RB, Thompson PD, Baggish AL. Impact of statin use on exercise-induced cardiac troponin elevations. Am J Cardiol. 2014 Aug 15;114(4):624-8. PMID: 25015693

Zaleski AL, Mentch M, Taylor BA, Capizzi JA, Grimaldi AS, Clarkson PM, SM, Chipkin S, Keadle J, White MC, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. Effects of Atorvastatin on Resting and Peak Exercise Blood Pressure Among Healthy Men and Women. Cholesterol. 2014 Nov 18. PMID: 25478215

Melnyk JA, Panza GA, Zaleski AL, Taylor BA. The ASK Project: Awareness and Knowledge of Cardiovascular Risk through Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Testing in College Freshmen. Am J Health Educ. 2015. 46;(3): 38-143.

Panza GA, Taylor BA, Zaleski AL, Thompson PD. An Update on the Boston Marathon as a Research Laboratory. Phys Sportsmed. 2015. Apr 27:1-5. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25913810

Zaleski AL, Pescatello LS, Thompson PD, Taylor BA. Protective Effect of Compression Socks in a Marathon Runner with a Genetic Predisposition to Thrombophilia due to Factor V Leiden. Phys Sportsmed. 2015. May 4:1-4. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25937265

Zaleski AL, Ballard KD, Panza GA, Dada MR, Thompson PD, Taylor BA. The Effect of Compression Socks Worn During a Marathon on Hemostatic Balance. Phys Sportsmed. Phys Sportsmed. 2015 Jul 25:1-6. PMID: 26212719

Zaleski AL, Panza GA, Swales H, Arora P, Newton-Cheh, C, Wang TJ, Thompson PD, Taylor BA. High-Dose vs. Low-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation and Arterial Stiffness Among Individuals with Prehypertension and Vitamin D Deficiency. Disease Markers. Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 918968.

Zaleski AL, Panza GA, Swales H, Arora P, Newton-Cheh, C, Wang TJ, Thompson PD, Taylor BA. High-Dose vs. Low-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation and Arterial Stiffness Among Individuals with Prehypertension and Vitamin D Deficiency. Disease Markers. Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 918968.

Taylor BA, Zaleski AL, Dornelas E, Thompson PD. The Impact of Tetrahydrobiopterin Administration on Endothelial Function Before and After Smoking Cessation in Chronic Smokers. Hypertension Research. 2015 Nov 26. PMID: 26606877

Zaleski AL, Taylor BA. Of Compression and Clots: Should Endurance Athletes Wear Compression Socks When They Travel? Lower Extremity Review. 2015 Feb 8;(1): 53-56.

Contact Information
Emailamanda.zaleski@uconn.edu