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Mark  Knoblauch

Mark Knoblauch, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Office Number: 2052 H2
Phone: 713.743.4117
Fax: 713.743.9860


Mailing Address:
3875 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015

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Mark Knoblauch PhD LAT ATC CSCS was named program director for the Master of Athletic Training program in 2023 after serving nearly 10 years as clinical coordinator. He has been a certified athletic trainer since 1996, licensed athletic trainer in Texas since 1999, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 1997, and is a former EMT.

Dr. Knoblauch received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Wichita State University, his master’s degree in kinesiology from UNLV, and his doctorate in kinesiology from the University of Houston where his dissertation project involved the study of how chronic high cholesterol influences skeletal muscle damage after strenuous activity. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular physiology and biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine where his primary research project revealed how statin drugs can negatively influence myofiber signaling mechanisms.

Prior to receiving his doctorate, Dr. Knoblauch worked clinically as the head athletic trainer at Pratt Community College (KS) and Lamar University. He has chaired multiple national and regional committees and has served as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). He has also served as editor for multiple academic textbooks in professional writing and nutrition and has published numerous consumer health books on the topic of vestibular disorders.

Research Interests

My research has focused around the phenomenon of “skeletal muscle damage”, both in determining how skeletal muscle membrane structure influences this phenomenon as well as a mechanism for why certain pharmaceutical drugs (statins) trigger symptoms commonly associated with skeletal muscle damage. I have also developed an interest in various clinical measures of athletic injury assessment and care as well as the reliability of those measures.

Contemporary Expertise

Vestibular disorders, skeletal muscle physiology, strength and conditioning technique

Recent Publications and Research Activity


Stroke: A practical guide for patients and their caretakers. Kiremma Press. 2023. ISBN# 978-1733321044

Clinical Nutrition for Athletic Trainers (Editor). Slack Incorporated. 2022. ISBN# 978-1630918040

CBD For the Vestibular Patient. Kiremma Press. 2020. ISBN# 978-1733321020. 183pp

Mal de Debarquement Syndrome: A Comprehensive Patient Guide. Kiremma Press. 2019. 978-1-7333210-1-3. 139pp

Living Low Sodium: A guide for understanding our relationship with sodium and how to be successful in adhering to a low-sodium diet. Kiremma Press. 2018. ISBN# 978-1732067448


Lee CS, Hanna AD, Wang H, Dagnino-Acosta A, Joshil AD, Knoblauch M, et al. A Chemical Chaperone Alleviates ER Stress and Improves Muscle Function in Mice with an RyR1 Mutation. Nature Communications. March 2017. 8:14659

Babcock LW, Knoblauch M, Clarke, MSF. The role of myostatin and activing receptor IIB in the regulation of unloading-induced myofiber type-specific skeletal muscle atrophy. Journal of Applied Physiology 2015: 119(6): 633-642.

Lee CS, Dagnino-Acosta A, Yarotskyy V, Hanna A, Lyfenko A, Knoblauch M, et al. Ca(2+) permeation and/or binding to CaV1.1 fine-tunes skeletal muscle Ca(2+) signaling to sustain muscle function. Skeletal Muscle. 2015; 5:4

Pedrotti S, Guidice J, Dagnino-Acosta A, Knoblauch M, et al. The RNA-binding protein Rbfox1 regulates splicing required for adult skeletal muscle function. Human Molecular Genetics. 2015: 24(8): 2360-74.

Chang Seok Lee, Dimitra K. Georgiou, Adan Dagnino-Acosta, Jianjun Xu, Iskander I Ismailov, Mark Knoblauch, et al. Ligands for FKBP12 Increase Ca2+ influx and protein synthesis to improve skeletal muscle function. J Biol Chem 2014. 289(37): 25556-70

Knoblauch, MA; Dagnino-Acosta, A; Hamilton, S. Mice with an RyR1 mutation (Y524S) Undergo a Hypermetabolic Response to Simvastatin. Skeletal Muscle, 2013. 3:22

Knoblauch, MA; O’Connor, DP; Clarke, MSF. Obese mice incur greater myofiber membrane disruption in response to mechanical load compared to lean mice. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Jan;21(1):135-43

O’Connor, DP; Knoblauch, MA. Electrocardiogram testing during athletic preparticipation physical examinations. Journal of Athletic Training. 2010. 45(3):265-72

Knoblauch, MA; O’Connor, DP; Clarke, MSF. Capillary and Venous Samples of Total Creatine Kinase Are Similar After Eccentric Exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2010. 24(12):3471-3475.

Sharma SV, Bush JA, Lorino AJ, Knoblauch M, Abuamer D, Blog G, Bertman D. Diet and Cardiovascular Risk In University Marching Band, Dance Team and Cheer Squad Members: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2008 Apr 18;5:9.


A.A. in Sports Medicine at Hutchinson Community College, 1994

B.A. in Exercise Science (Emphasis:Athletic Training) at Wichita State University, 1996

M.S. in Kinesiology (Emphasis: Exercise Science) at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1998

Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Emphasis: Exercise Science) at University of Houston, 2011

Post-doc in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine, 2013