Lisa Stegall

Associate Professor - Biology; Department Chair - Exercise Science
Work space: St. Paul Main Campus > Drew Science Center > DSC 208

Lisa Ferguson Stegall is the director of the exercise science program at Hamline. She earned her PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked with Dr. John Ivy in the exercise metabolism and physiology lab. She received further training as an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota in muscle physiology and aging biology. Dr. Ferguson Stegall earned her MS in Exercise Science from George Washington University.

Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Ferguson Stegall received her BA in English with specialization in technical writing from North Carolina State University. She morphed into a scientist after developing an interest in exercise physiology—specifically, the metabolic and cellular adaptations that occur in response to endurance exercise training.

Dr. Ferguson Stegall aims to be a facilitator in her students' learning process. She encourages students to think critically, to take ownership of their learning, and to be intellectually curious. She also encourages her students to engage in high-impact learning through hands-on research in her lab, and in service learning through internship opportunities.

Her research lab, the Integrative Physiology Laboratory, focuses on 3 research areas: (1) systemic adaptations that occur in response to exercise training and nutritional supplementation; (2) the role of exercise in mitigating age-related changes in physical function, and (3) awareness among adults of the relationship between exercise and immune system function.

"I believe that the most powerful thing that students can learn is how to apply the things that they learn in the classroom in a way that improves the lives of others. Whether it is working toward a career in aging physiology research, or sports performance, or cardiac rehab, or physical therapy, whatever the path, I hope that my students will make an impact on the quality of life for others. In so doing, they will enrich their own lives as well.”

 —Lisa Ferguson Stegall, PhD