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Directors, Education Division

HoweCheryl A. Howe, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness
College of Health Sciences and Professions

Dr. Cheryl A. Howe joined Ohio University's School of Applied Health Science and Wellness in the fall of 2010 as an assistant professor in exercise physiology. Dr. Howe is the co-director for Education for the Diabetes Institute and serves on the Global Health Task Force and the Inter-professional Research Colloquium. She is an active member of the Obesity Society, the National and Midwest Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine and on the advisory board for Ohio University's Kids on Campus.

Dr. Howe is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where she earned her doctorate in kinesiology with a focus on pediatric physical activity measurement. She earned her master's degree from Ball State University's Human Performance Laboratory in Pediatric Exercise Physiology and her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Lake Superior State University.

Dr. Howe has also served as the research coordinator for several NIH R01 research studies focusing on physical activity interventions for the prevention of obesity-related diseases in African American children at the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia. Prior to this, Dr. Howe served as the Exercise Physiology Laboratory technician at Lake Superior State University. During her career, she has taught at various institutions, including Lake Superior State University, the University of South Carolina and the University of Massachusetts. Recently, Dr. Howe was awarded with the 2012 Research and Creative Activity Award from the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

Dr. Howe's office is located in Grover Center E344. You can reach her by email at

CoschiganoKaren T. Coschigano, PhD
Associate Professor, Molecular/Cellular Biology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Karen T. Coschigano, is an associate professor of molecular/cellular biology at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. She received her doctoral degree in biochemistry from Brandeis University in 1992 and completed postdoctoral training in transcriptional regulation at New York University and in molecular endocrinology at Ohio University. Her current research is geared toward elucidating the molecular mechanisms of diabetic nephropathy using mouse models.

Academically, Dr. Coschigano is involved in curricular administration and lecturing to first and second year medical students. In the research laboratory, she mentors undergraduate, graduate and medical students, teaching them how to ask and answer research questions and providing them with opportunities for independent research.

Dr. Coschigano is actively involved in several research initiatives. One research focus is the role of two transcription factors, signal transducer and activator of transcription 5 a and b (STAT5 a and b) in the pathogenesis of diabetes and inflammation within the kidney. She is also investigating the role of growth hormone signaling in diabetic nephropathy. For each project she utilizes experimentally induced diabetes and mouse models with altered expression of the genes of interest. Her research combines both in vitro and in vivo methodology in order to study individual molecules and observe intact organ responses.

Dr. Coschigano's office is in Academic & Research Center 302d. You can reach her by email at