Konstantina Dipla, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Cellular Functions and Exercise
- Post Doctoral in Cardiac Physiology (emphasis on cellular functions, cardiac myocyte hypertrophy and atrophy in health and disease), Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA (1998).
- Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology (emphasis on cellular functions and exercise; calcium homoestasis in cardiac hypertrophy and atrophy - Laboratory of cardiac cellular physiology), Department of Physical Education, College of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA (1997).
- B.Sc. Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1988).
Description of her work
Dr Dipla is an Assistant Professor in “Cellular Functions and Exercise” in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science at Serres, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. During her Doctoral studies (Temple University, USA) she received training on cellular contractile properties of cardiac muscle and studied the function and calcium homeostasis of cardiomyocytes in health and disease, under the supervision of Dr. S.R. Houser. During that time, she participated in research grants by the American Heart Association and the National Institute of Health (P.I. S.R. Houser, K.B. Margulies). Dr. Dipla received a teaching graduate assistantship (1993-1996) and a research graduate assistantship (1996-1997). Following the completion of her doctoral studies, she continued her post-doctoral training (under the supervision of K.B. Margulies, Temple University School of Medicine, USA), and received an American Heart Association Post-doctoral Fellowship (PA, USA). Next, Dr. Dipla was employed in an Assistant Scientist position, at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Temple University (USA). Upon her return to Greece, she taught in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since 2009, Dr. Dipla is a faculty member at the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science at Serres, (Aristotle University). She is currently conducting research in the Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory.
Dr. Dipla has published 34 international peer reviewed papers in the area of Medicine, Exercise Biochemistry, and Health Professions, and has presented over 50 research projects in conferences. Her work has been internationally recognized (h index = 14) and has been cited by more than 800 other authors. Dr. Dipla received the Professional Opportunity Award for Meritorious Research from theAmerican Physiological Society (1997). She serves as a reviewer for several journals in the Exercise Physiology, nutrition, and health fields. Dr. Dipla has long-term research experience in both human subjects and animal models (physiologic and pathologic cardiac hypertrophy, aortic banding-, pacing-induced hypertrophy, left ventricular assist device-induced regression of hypertrophy). Her research interests focus on mechanisms of disease and their regression as a result of exercise training.
Mechanisms of cardiac hypertrophy in health and disease, Cardiomyocyte functional studies, Calcium signaling pathways in cardiac myocytes (fluoresence microscopy), Left-ventricular Assist devices and cardiac myocyte function, Exercise and cardiovascular adaptations in the general population and in patients with chronic diseases (heart failure, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes), Autonomic nervous system function and baroreceptor sensitivity.
Exercise and Rehabilitation in Patients with Chronic Disease, Biochemistry of Exercise, Physiology, Exercise Physiology.
Dipla K, Zafeiridis A, Koidou I, Geladas N, Vrabas IS. Altered hemodynamic regulation and reflex control during exercise and recovery in obese boys. Am JPhysiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2010 Oct 15. [Epub ahead of print]
Dipla K, Mattiello JA, Margulies KB, Jeevanandam V, Houser SR. The sarcoplasmic reticulum and the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger both contribute to the Ca2+ transient of failing human ventricular myocytes. Circ Res. 1999 Mar 5;84(4):435-44.
Dipla K, Mattiello JA, Jeevanandam V, Houser SR, Margulies KB. Myocyte recovery after mechanical circulatory support in humans with end-stage heart failure. Circulation. 1998 Jun 16;97(23):2316-22.
Crabbe DL, Dipla K, Ambati S, Zafeiridis A, Gaughan JP, Houser SR, Margulies KB. Gender differences in post-infarction hypertrophy in end-stage failing hearts. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2003 Jan 15;41(2):300-6.
Welsh DC, Dipla K, McNulty PH, Mu A, Ojamaa KM, Klein I, Houser SR, Margulies KB. Preserved contractile function despite atrophic remodeling in unloaded rat hearts. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2001 Sep;281(3):H1131-6.
Zafeiridis A, Giagazoglou P, Dipla K, Salonikidis K, Karra C, Kellis E. Muscle fatigue during intermittent exercise in individuals with mental retardation. Res Dev Disabil. 2010 Mar-Apr;31(2):388-96. Epub 2009 Nov 11.
Dipla K, Tsirini T, Zafeiridis A, Manou V, Dalamitros A, Kellis E, Kellis S.Fatigue resistance during high-intensity intermittent exercise from childhood to adulthood in males and females. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2009 Jul;106(5):645-53. Epub 2009 Apr 29.
Dipla K, Makri M, Zafeiridis A, Soulas D, Tsalouhidou S, Mougios V, Kellis S. An isoenergetic high-protein, moderate-fat diet does not compromise strength and fatigue during resistance exercise in women. Br J Nutr. 2008 Aug;100(2):283-6.
Tsourlou T, Benik A, Dipla K, Zafeiridis A, Kellis S. The effects of a twenty-four-week aquatic training program on muscular strength performance in healthy elderly women. J Strength Cond Res. 2006 Nov;20(4):811-8.
Piacentino V 3rd, Dipla K, Gaughan JP, Houser SR. Voltage-dependent Ca2+ release from the SR of feline ventricular myocytes is explained by Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release. J Physiol. 2000 Mar 15;523 Pt 3:533-48.
Bailey BA, Dipla K, Li S, Houser SR. Cellular basis of contractile derangements of hypertrophied feline ventricular myocytes. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 1997 Jul;29(7):1823-35.
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