Wright, Traver individual record
Research Assistant Professor
overview

My research interests bridge comparative and translational skeletal muscle physiology and metabolism. Skeletal muscle is malleable, with the ability to adapt over evolutionary scale and rapidly acclimate to changing demands within individuals. Studying the muscle of vertebrates adapted to extreme environments provides insight into animal performance as well as human skeletal muscle physiology and metabolism in health and disease. My comparative animal research experience ranges from physiological ecology to molecular evolution. I study skeletal muscle metabolism at many levels, from modeling the transport and utilization of oxygen and metabolites to high-resolution tissue respirometry. My translational human research includes studying fatigue, metabolism, and loss of muscle mass in patients suffering from inflammatory disease states including cancer and traumatic brain injury.

selected publications
Academic Articles14
  • Wright, T., Davis, R. W., Pearson, H. C., Murray, M., & Sheffield-Moore, M. (2021). Skeletal muscle thermogenesis enables aquatic life in the smallest marine mammal.. Science. 373(6551), 223-225.
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  • Wright, T. J., Davis, R. W., Holser, R. R., Hückstädt, L. A., Danesi, C. P., Porter, C., ... Sheffield-Moore, M. (2020). Changes in Northern Elephant Seal Skeletal Muscle Following Thirty Days of Fasting and Reduced Activity.. Front Physiol. 11, 564555.
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  • French, K. P., Pyles, R. B., Dillon, E. L., Randolph, K. M., Danesi, C. P., Wright, T. J., Sheffield-Moore, M., & Urban, R. J (2020). S0514 Growth Hormone Normalizes Gastrointestinal Symptoms in mTBI Patients. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 115(1), S243-S243.
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  • Urban, R. J., Pyles, R. B., Stewart, C. J., Ajami, N., Randolph, K. M., Durham, W. J., ... Sheffield-Moore, M. (2020). Altered Fecal Microbiome Years after Traumatic Brain Injury.. J Neurotrauma. 37(8), 1037-1051.
  • Wright, T., Urban, R., Durham, W., Dillon, E. L., Randolph, K. M., Danesi, C., ... Sheffield-Moore, M. (2020). Growth Hormone Alters Brain Morphometry, Connectivity, and Behavior in Subjects with Fatigue after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.. J Neurotrauma. 37(8), 1052-1066.
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Conference Papers2
  • French, K. P., Pyles, R. B., Dillon, E. L., Randolph, K. M., Danesi, C. P., Wright, T. J., Sheffield-Moore, M., & Urban, R. J. (2020). Growth Hormone Normalizes Gastrointestinal Symptoms in mTBI Patients. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY. 115, S256-S257.
  • Wright, T. J., & Davis, R. W (2012). Variable oxygen affinity among terrestrial and diving vertebrates. The FASEB Journal. 26(S1), 1072.8-1072.8.
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Internet Publications1
  • Wright, T., Sheffield-Moore, M., & Davis, R. (2021). Sea otters demonstrate that there is more to muscle than just movement – it can also bring the heat. - An article submitted to The Conversation
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Email
traywright@tamu.edu
First Name
Traver
Last Name
Wright
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Health And Kinesiology; 4243 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4243
USA