Monika Fleshner
Integrative Physiology

Integrative Physiology, Campus Box 354
Carlson 202F
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0354

Professor Fleshner's research focuses on neural and immune system interactions. Specifically she has been investigating the effect of stress on these systems in physically active and sedentary organisms. She has published nearly 70 papers in a variety of scientific journals including Journal of Immunology, Journal of Neuroscience, American Journal of Physiology and Journal of Neuroimmunology. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Fleshner was recently elected to the scientific council of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, and was appointed to the program committee of the International Society for Exercise Immunology. She currently serves as an assistant editor for Exercise Science and Sport Reviews and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Fleshner recently received the Motor Board Honors Society Teaching award.

Selected Publications:

Sorensen, B*., Streib, J.E., Strand, M., Make, B., Giclas, P.C., Fleshner, M., and Jones, J.F. Complement activation in a model of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, 112 (2003) 397-403.

Greenwood, B.N*., Kennedy, S., Smith, T.P., Campeau, S., Day, H.E.W., Fleshner, M. Voluntary freewheel running selectively decreases the peripheral sympathetic stress response by modulating activity of the central sympathetic circuit.   Neuroscience, 120 (2003) 269-281.

Greenwood, B.N*., Foley, T.E., Day, H.E.W., Campisi, J., Hammock, S.H., Campeau, S., Maier, S.F., Fleshner, M. Freewheel running prevents learned helplessness / behavioral depression: Role of dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons. Journal of Neuroscience, 23 (2003) 2889-2898.

Elphick, G.F*., Weisler-Frank, J., Greenwood, B.N., Campisi, J., Fleshner, M. B-1 cell (CD5+CD11b+) numbers and nIgM levels are elevated in physically active versus sedentary rats. Journal of Applied Physiology, 95 (2003) 199-206.

Campisi, J*., Leem, T.H., Greenwood, B.N., Hansen, M.K., Moraska, A., Fleshner, M. Habitual physical activity facilitates stress-induced intracellular HSP72 induction in brain, peripheral and immune tissues.  American Journal of Physiology, 94 (2003) 43-52.

Elphick, G.F*., Greenwood, B.N., Campisi, J., Fleshner, M. Increased serum nIgM in physically active rats: A potential role for B-1 cells. Journal of Applied Physiology, 94 (2003) 660-667.

Campisi, J*., Fleshner, M. The role of extracellular HSP72 in acute stress-induced potentiation of innate immunity in physically active rats. Journal of Applied Physiology, 94 (2003) 43-52.