null Charlotte Usselman, PhD


blood pressure regulation • cardiovascular health • gender • gonadal hormones • human integrative physiology • polycystic ovary syndrome • sex differences • sympathetic nervous system • vascular function • women's health

Research Focus

My research focuses on the impacts of sex and gonadal hormones on the neurovascular control of blood pressure and overall cardiovascular health. My lab uses an integrative physiology approach to study these mechanisms and outcomes across a range of ages and populations, including in young healthy individuals and in people who experience perturbations to their gonadal hormone milieu (e.g., polycystic ovary syndrome, postmenopause).

Selected Publications

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  • Usselman CW, Lindsey ML, Robinson AT, Habecker BA, Taylor CE, Merryman MD, Kimmerly D, Bender JR, Regensteiner JG, Moreau KL, Pilote L, Wenner MM, O’Brien M, Yarovinsky TO, Stachenfeld NS, Charkoudian N, Denfeld QE, Moreira-Bouchard JD, Pyke WG, DeLeon-Pennell KY. Invited Review. Guidelines on the use of sex and gender in cardiovascular research. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 326(1): H238-55, 2024.

  • Coovadia Y, Shoemaker JK, Usselman CW. The effects of sex and menstrual cycle phase on sympathetic action potential recruitment patterns during hypercapnic-hypoxic apnea. Auton Neurosci 247(103093), 2023.

  • Cirone D, Berbrier DE, Gibbs JC, Usselman CW. Health-related physical fitness in women with polycystic ovary syndrome versus controls: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Gynecol Obstet, Online ahead of print.

  • Berbrier DE, Leone CA, Adler TE, Bender JR, Taylor HS, Stachenfeld NS, Usselman CW. Effects of androgen excess and body mass index on endothelial function in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. J Appl Physiol 134(4): 868-78, 2023.

  • Huang T, Howse FM, Stachenfeld NS, Usselman CW. Correlations between salivary- and blood-derived gonadal hormone assessments and implications for inclusion of female participants in research studies. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 324(1): H33-46, 2023.