Alessandra Adami

  • Associate Professor
  • Kinesiology
  • Phone: 401.874.5541
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  • Office Location: Independence Square, Suite P, Room 223
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Dr. Adami research focuses on the mechanisms of muscle dysfunction in chronic diseases and the responses of the cardiovascular system to different stimuli like exercise and simulated microgravity. She is particularly interested in skeletal muscle oxygen delivery and utilization, and in understanding the mechanisms limiting them in health and disease. Her research mission is the use of exercise both as a research tool to investigate integrative physiological health, and as an intervention to improve health and quality-of-life of the wider population.


Research Keywords: chronic diseases, COPD, muscle dysfunction, elderly, performance, physical activity, incremental exercise testing



  • Post-doc in Clinical Physiology (Pulmonary) at Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology and Medicine, Dept of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Visiting post-doc in Applied Physiology, Kobe Design University, Kobe, JP&Leeds University, UK
  • Post-doc at the Integrative physiology laboratory, Dept of Fundamental Neuroscience, Medical University Centre, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Ph.D. Science of Physical Exercise and Human Movement, Translation Biomedical Sciences Doctoral School, University of Verona, Italy
  • M.S. in Preventative and Adapted Motor Activity Science, University of Verona, Italy
  • B.S. in Sports Sciences, University of Verona, Italy

Selected Publications


Earp JE., Gesick H., Angelino D., Adami A. Effects of Isometric Loading Intensity on Patellar Tendon Microvascular Response. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 2022 doi: 10.1111/sms.14175

Nardon M., Ruzzante F., O’Donnell L., Adami A., Dayanidhi S., Bertucco M. Energetics of walking individuals with cerebral palsy and typical development, across severity and age: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Gait & Posture, 2021; 90:388-407

Zhao D., Abbasi A., Casaburi R., Adami A., Tiller NB., Yuan E., Yee C., Jendzjowsky NG., MacDonald DM., Kunisaki KM., Stringer WW., Porszasz J., Make BJ., Bowler RP., Rossiter HB. Identifying a heart rate recovery criterion after a 6-minute walk test in COPD. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2021;15: 2379-2388 

Fontolliet T., Bringard A., Adami A., Fagoni N., Tam E., Taboni A., Ferretti G. Vagal blockade suppresses the phase I heart rate response but not the phase I cardiac output response at exercise onset in humans. Eur J Appl  Physiol 2021;

Xu F., Earp JE., Vadiveloo M., Adami A., Delmonico MJ., Lofgren IE., Greaney ML. The relationships between total protein intake, protein sources, physical activity and lean mass in a representative sample of the US adults.  Nutrients 2020; 12(10): 3151. doi: 10.3390/nu12103151. 

Xu F., Greene GW., Earp JE., Adami A., Delmonico MJ., Lofgren IE., Greaney ML. The relationships of physical activity and diet quality with body composition and fat distribution in US adults. Obesity 2020; 28(12): 2431-40. 

 Chang SC.*, Adami A.*, Lin HC., Lin YC., Chen CPC., Huang SC. Relationship between maximal incremental and high-intensity interval exercise performance in elite athletes. PlosOne 2020; 15(5), e0226313 (*co-first authors)

Li R.*, Adami A.*, Chang CC., Tseng CH., Hsiai TK., Rossiter HB. Serum acylglycerols inversely associate with muscle oxidative capacity in severe COPD. MSSE. In press DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002441 (*co-first authors)

Adami A., Corvino RB., Calmelat RA., Porszasz J., Casaburi R., Rossiter HB. Muscle oxidative capacity is reduced in both upper and lower limbs in COPD. MSSE. In press DOI: 10.1249/mss.0000000000002364

Fagoni N., Bruseghini P., Adami A., Capelli C., Lador F., Moia C., Tam E., Bringard A., Ferretti G. Effect of Lower Body Negative Pressure on Phase I Cardiovascular Responses at Exercise Onset. Int J Sports Med. 2020 Jan 20. doi: 10.1055/a-1028-7496. [Epub ahead of print]

Fontolliet T., Pichot V., Bringard A., Fagoni N., Adami A., Tam E., Furlan R., Barthélémy, J.C., Ferretti G. (2018). Testing the vagal withdrawal hypothesis during light exercise under autonomic blockade: A heart rate variability study. Journal of Applied Physiology 125(6):1804-1811. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00619.2018.

Adami A., Hobbs B.D., McDonald M.L., Rossiter H.B. (2018). Genetic variants predicting aerobic capacity response to training are also associated with skeletal muscle oxidative capacity in moderate-to-severe COPD. Physiological Genomics 50(9): 688-690.

Adami A., Rossiter H.B. (2017). Principles, insights and potential pitfalls of the non-invasive determination of muscle oxidative capacity by near-infrared spectroscopy. J Appl Physiol  124(1):245-248. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00445.2017.

Bringard A., Adami A., Fagoni N., Fontolliet T., Lador F., Moia C., Tam E., Ferretti G. (2017) Dynamics of the RR-interval versus blood pressure relationship at exercise onset in humans. Eur J Apply Physiol 117(4): 619-630.

Adami A., Cao R., Porszasz J., Casaburi R., Rossiter HB. (2017). Reproducibility of NIRS assessment of muscle oxidative capacity in smokers with and without COPD. Respir Physiol Neurobiol 235: 18-26.

Adami A., Koga S., Kondo N., Cannon DT., Kowalchuk JM., Amano T., Rossiter HB. (2015) Relationship among muscle deoxygenation, total heme concentration by TRS-NIRS, and blood flow during head-up tilt. J Appl Physiol 118: 1091-1099

Bringard A., Adami A., Moia C., Ferretti G. (2014) A new interpolation-free procedure for breath-by-breath analysis of V’O2 in exercise transients. Eur J Appl Physiol 114: 1983-1994

Adami A., Fagoni N., Ferretti G. (2014) The Q’-V’O2 diagram: an analytical interpretation of oxygen transport in arterial blood during exercise in humans. Respir Physiol Neurobiol 193: 55-61

Adami A., Sivieri A., Moia C., Perini R., Ferretti G. (2013) Effects of step duration in incremental ramp protocols on peak power and maximal oxygen consumption. Eur J Appl Physiol 113: 2647-2653

Lador F., Tam E., Adami A., Azabji Kenfack M., Bringard A., Cautero M., Moia C., Morel D., Capelli C., Ferretti G. (2013) Cardiac output, O2 delivery and V’O2 kinetics during step exercise in acute normobaric hypoxia. Respir Physiol Neurobiol 186: 206-213

Adami A., Pizzinelli P., Bringard A., Capelli C., Malacarne M., Moia C., Lucini D., Simunič B., Pišot R., Ferretti G. (2013) Cardiovascular re-adjustments and baroreflex response during clinical reambulation procedure at the end of 35-day bed rest in humans. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 38: 673-680

Adami A. & Capelli C. (2013) Oxygen deficit during supramaximal cycling exercise in humans: A new estimation method. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 53: 17-26

De Roia G., Pogliaghi S., Adami A., Papadopulos C., Capelli C. (2012) Effects of heavy intensity warm-up on the speed of adaptation of muscle oxidative metabolism at the onset of moderate intensity exercise in older adults. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 302: 1158-66

Adami A., Pogliaghi S., DeRoia G., Capelli C. (2012) Comment on “On the method of fitting cardiac output kinetics in severe exercise” Richard L. Hughson and Azmy Faisal. Eur J App Physiol 112: 397-8

Adami A., Pogliaghi S., DeRoia G., Capelli C. (2011) Oxygen uptake, cardiac output and muscle deoxygenation at the onset of supra maximal exercise in humans. Eur J App Physiol 111: 1517-27

Bringard A., Pogliaghi S., Adami A., DeRoia G., Lador F., Lucini D., Pizzinelli P., Capelli C., Ferretti G. (2010) Maximal oxygen consumption in upright and supine posture at the end of prolonged bed rest in humans. Respir Physiol Neurobiol 172: 53-62