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Esther Dupont-Versteegden, PhD
Office Location: 

Room 204L Wethington Building

900 South Limestone Street

Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200

Office Phone Number: 
(859) 218-0592
Fax Number: 
(859) 323-6003
Position Title: 
RHB Director
CMB Associate Director

Dr. Dupont graduated from State University Limburg at Maastricht, the Netherlands, with a Bachelor in Science degree in Movement Sciences. The title of her research thesis was: “Relationships between Impairment and Disability in Patients with Neuromuscular Diseases” and this study was performed with Dr. Eline Lindeman.

In 1995 she received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Roger McCarter was her PhD mentor and her dissertation was entitled: “Exercise and Clenbuterol as Modulators of Muscular Dystrophy in mdx Mice.”

Esther Dupont-Versteegden completed a postdoctoral study in molecular physiology with Dr. Charlotte Peterson at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences entitled: “Molecular Mechanisms of Muscle Responses to Exercise”.

In 1999 she became Assistant Professor of Geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and in 2006 she accepted a position as Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky. In 2015 Dr. Dupont-Versteegden was promoted to full professor and in 2016 she accepted the position of Director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program.

Educational Focus
Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Neurophysiology
  • Special Elective: Muscle Physiology
  • Research: Analysis and Outcomes
  • Human Health Sciences Program, Muscle Biology

Research / Scholarship

  • Skeletal muscle plasticity
  • Aging
  • Skeletal muscle atrophy
  • Muscle stem cells
  • The effect of massage on muscle properties