Robert Jacobs, Ph.D.

Robert Jacobs, Ph.D.

Robert Jacobs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
UCCS Biology Department

OCSE B317; laboratory B302


  • 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Physiology and Institute of Veterinary Physiology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2013  Ph.D. Integrative Molecular Medicine, Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP), University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2008 M.S. Exercise Science and Nutrition, Department of Health and Exercise Science, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State Univeristy, Ft. Collins, CO
  • 2004 B.S. Health and Exercise Science: Sports Medicine concentration, Department of Health and Exercise Science, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO

Professional Experience

  • 2015-2016 Adjunct Professor, Physical Therapy, Western Carolina University
  • 2014-2016 Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education, Western Carolina University
  • 2013-2014 Lecturer, Institute of Physiology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Research Interests

I study human bioenergetics. More specifically, I study alterations in biological thermodynamics in response to different stimuli, including, but not limited to, exercise, hypoxia, caloric restriction, aging, and metabolic disease. Accordingly, much of my research examines the plasticity of mitochondrial physiology in times of health and disease. Also within the arena of human bioenergetics, I also investigate the limits of human performance, primarily as they relate to limitations in the skeletal muscle.

Selected Publications:

  • Lundby C & Jacobs RA. (2016). Adaptations of skeletal muscle mitochondria to exercise training. Experimental Physiology 101, 17-22.
  • Jacobs RA, Lundby AM, Fenk S, Gehrig S, Siebenmann C, Flück D, Kirk N, Hilty MP & Lundby C. (2015). Twenty-eight days of exposure to 3454 m increases mitochondrial volume density in human skeletal muscle. Journal of Physiology-London 594 (5): 1151-66.
  • Jacobs RA, Flück D, Bonne TC, Buergi S, Christensen PM, Toigo M & Lundby C. (2013). Improvements in exercise performance with high-intensity interval training coincide with an increase in skeletal muscle mitochondrial content and function. Journal of Applied Physiology 115, 785-793.
  • Jacobs RA, Diaz V, Soldini L, Haider T, Thomassen M, Nordsborg NB, Gassmann M & Lundby C. (2013). Fast-Twitch Glycolytic Skeletal Muscle Is Predisposed to Age-Induced Impairments in Mitochondrial Function. Journals of Gerontology Series a-Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 68, 1010-1022.
  • Jacobs RA, Siebenmann C, Hug M, Toigo M, Meinild A-K & Lundby C. (2012). Twenty-eight days at 3454-m altitude diminishes respiratory capacity but enhances efficiency in human skeletal muscle mitochondria. FASEB Journal 26, 5192-5200.

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Courses Taught

  • BIOL 3300 Exercise Physiology
  • BIOL 4000/5000 Current Topics in Biology: Skeletal Muscle Physiology
  • BIOL 4310 Human Physiology