My broad teaching philosophy is that a university education should focus on breadth as well as depth, and on creating informed, capable, critically thinking citizens, in addition to preparing individuals to pursue careers in their primary disciplines.
Higher education is how students not only learn a primary discipline but also become informed citizens with a multidisciplinary knowledge base and life experience. Life is multi-disciplinary and society requires critical thinking in a variety of styles by a variety of minds. As educators we should strive for cultivation of thought and integration of disciplines as well as passage of knowledge and fact, to uncover the uniqueness in students and nurture their capability to contribute to society and their chosen fields.
My broad research experience has been in applied physiology of chronic disease and aging. My current interests are in a life history approach to healthy aging. This includes examining how and why we age, and determining how we can increase “healthspan”, or the duration of our lives where we are healthy and functional.
- Donovan, EL. Lopes, EBP. Batushansky, A. Kinter, M. Griffin, TM. Independent Effects of Dietary Fat and Sucrose Content on Chondrocyte Metabolism and Osteoarthritis Pathology in Mice. Disease Models and Mechanisms. In Press
- Donovan, EL. Buckels, EJ. Hancock, S. Smeitink, D. Oliver, MH, Bloomfield, FH. Jaquiery, AL. Twin conception in sheep leads to impaired insulin sensitivity and sexually dimorphic adipose tissue and skeletal muscle phenotypes in adulthood. Reproductive Sciences. 2017 June;24(6):865-881
- Donovan, EL. Getting Mothers Moving: Maternal Exercise during Pregnancy and Long Term Offspring Health Benefits. Exercise and Sports Science Reviews. 2015 Oct; 43(4):179-80
- Donovan, EL. Hernandez, CE. Matthews, LR. Oliver, MH. Jaquiery, AL. Bloomfield, FH. Harding, JE. Periconceptional undernutrition in sheep leads to decreased locomotor activity in a natural environment. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 2013 July 4;04 296-99
- Donovan, EL. Pettine, SM. Hickey, MS. Hamilton, KL. Miller, BF. Lipidomic analysis of human plasma reveals ether-linked lipids that are elevated in morbidly obese humans compared to lean. Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome. 2013 May 14;5(1):24
- Donovan, EL. McCord JM. Reuland, DJ. Miller, BF. Hamilton, KL. Phytochemical activation of Nrf2 protects coronary artery endothelial cells against an oxidative challenge. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. 2012 May EPub
- Donovan, EL. Miller, BF. Exercise during pregnancy: Developmental origins of disease prevention? Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews. 2011 July 39(3):111
Physiology of Aging