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Vanessa Sherk

Scientific Review Officer, National Institutes of Health
  • Orthopedics (SOM)


Primary Phone:303-724-1633

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Research I North

12800 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045


Vanessa Sherk, PhD, received her PhD and MS in exercise physiology from University of Oklahoma and her BS in biomedical/mechanical engineering from University of Southern California.  


Research + Funding 

Dr. Sherk began her Ludeman Center-funded research project in 2014 titled, “Osteogenic Responses to Exercise with Obesity.” She used a rodent model of diet induced obesity to determine whether the skeletal adaptations to exercise were affected by the development of obesity in response to a high fat diet. Her work with the center helped launch her independent research career while providing invaluable career development advice.  


Transforming Women’s Health 

Dr. Sherk recognizes that many women are at risk of having low bone mass and/or fractures, which inspired her to research how the bone adapts to its mechanical and metabolic environment. This will help to better understand how to optimize bone health and reduce bone loss over time.


Ludeman Family Center for Women's Health Research

CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

12348 East Montview Boulevard

Mail Stop C-263

Aurora, CO 80045


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