Contact Info

Lisa Stegall
(651) 523-2147
St. Paul Main Campus > Drew Science Center > DSC 208

Lisa Stegall

Associate Professor - Biology; Program Director

Contact Info

Lisa Stegall
(651) 523-2147
St. Paul Main Campus > Drew Science Center > DSC 208


Lisa Ferguson Stegall is the Director of the Exercise Science Program at Hamline, teaching in the Health Sciences and Exercise Science programs. 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 & Physiology Lab. She received further training as a NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota Medical School in muscle physiology and aging biology. During this time, she also taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Saint Thomas, as well as co-instructor for research seminars in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ferguson Stegall earned her MS in Exercise Science from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, where she also completed graduate work in public health approaches to activity, nutrition, and health status.

Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Ferguson Stegall received her BA degree in English with specialization in technical writing from North Carolina State. She morphed into a scientist after developing an interest in exercise physiology - specifically, (1) the metabolic and cellular adaptations that occur in response to exercise training, and (2) how these adaptations improve health outcomes as we age.

Teaching Style

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 hand-on research in her lab, and in service learning through internship opportunities with health organizations at the state and local level, as well as in the non-profit sector.

"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 infectious disease epidemiology, or in global refugee health, I hope that my students will make an impact in the quality of life for others. In so doing, they will enrich their own lives as well."

 -Lisa Ferguson Stegall, PhD


  • NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota Medical School (2011-2012)

  • PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Texas at Austin (2010)

  • McCraw Endowed Presidential Fellowship (2009)

  • Professional Development Award (2009)

  • MS, Exercise Science, The George Washington University (2006)

  • Distinguished Scholar for the Graduate Exercise Science Program, School of Public Health and Health Services

  • Excellence in Graduate Research Project, Exercise Science Program

  • BA, North Carolina State University – Summa Cum Laude (1997)

  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa

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