Michael Harris-Love, DSC, MPT, PT, FGSA
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy Program

Graduate Schools :
  • MPT, Mayo Graduate School (1997)
  • DSC, University of Indianapolis (2004)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Northern Arizona University (AZ) (1995)
  • Georgetown University Hospital Program, Clinical Research (2010)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy Program

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Director, Physical Therapy Program
  • Health Scientist, ECHS Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center

Recognition & Awards

  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow, American Physical Therapy Association (2022)
  • Fellow, The Gerontological Society of America (2019)
  • Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, American Physical Therapy Association (2019)
  • Dale Shaffer Outstanding Alumnus Award, Mayo Clinic Physical Therapy Alumni Association (2017)
  • Butler-Williams Scholar, National Institute on Aging (2017)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Northern Arizona University College of Health Professions (1998)
  • Exercise Science Graduate of the Year, Northern Arizona University College of Health Professions (1995)

Research Interests

The focus of my laboratory group includes muscle plasticity in response to training, normal aging, and chronic disease. Our ongoing transdisciplinary research activities include the development of sonographic methods for sarcopenia and myosteatosis screening in older adults. This effort includes novel image acquisition methods and rapid computational approaches to image analysis to improve the clinical utility of quantitative point-of-care sonography. Our research also includes determining the efficacy of submaximal eccentric training for people with musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions.


  • Gollie JM, Patel SS, Harris-Love MO, Cohen SD, Blackman MR. Fatigability and the role of neuromuscular impairments in chronic kidney disease. American Journal of Nephrology. 2022:53(4):253-263
  • Bodkin SG, Smith AC, Bergman B, Huo D, Weber KA, Zarini SA, Kahn D, Garfield A, Macias E, Harris-Love MO. Utilization of mid-thigh magnetic resonance imaging to predict lean body mass and knee extensor strength in obese adults. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences. 2022; 3:1-7.
  • Harris-Love MO, Gonzales T: Use of second order texture features and computational approaches to aid ultrasound estimates of muscle quality across clinical settings. Symposia - Conferences - Oral Communications. J Frailty Aging. 2022;11:1–45.
  • Harris-Love MO, Gollie JM, Keogh JWL. Eccentric Exercise: Adaptations and Applications for Health and Performance. J Funct Morphol Kinesiol. 2021 Nov 24;6(4). PubMed PMID: 34842737
  • Mamyrova G, McBride E, Yao L, Shrader JA, Jain M, Yao J, Curiel RV, Miller FW, Harris-Love MO, Rider LG. Preliminary Validation of Muscle Ultrasound in Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM). Rheumatology (Oxford). 2021 Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34791066
  • Gollie JM, Harris-Love MO, Patel SS, Shara NM, Blackman MR. Rate of Force Development Is Related to Maximal Force and Sit-to-Stand Performance in Men With Stages 3b and 4 Chronic Kidney Disease. Front Rehabilit Sci. 2021 Sep 28;2. PubMed PMID: 34708217
  • Mañago MM, Kline PW, Harris-Love MO, Christiansen CL. The Validity of the Single-Leg Heel Raise Test in People With Multiple Sclerosis: A Cross-Sectional Study. Front Neurol. 2021;12:650297. PubMed PMID: 34354656
  • Gollie JM, Patel SS, Scholten JD, Harris-Love MO. Preliminary Study of the Effects of Eccentric-Overload Resistance Exercise on Physical Function and Torque Capacity in Chronic Kidney Disease. J Funct Morphol Kinesiol. 2020 Dec 18;5(4). PubMed PMID: 33467312
  • Maugeri G, D'Agata V, Roggio F, Cortis C, Fusco A, Foster C, Mañago MM, Harris-Love MO, Vleck V, Piacentini MF, Musumeci G. The "Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology" Journal Club Series: PhysioMechanics of Human Locomotion. J Funct Morphol Kinesiol. 2020 Sep;5(3). PubMed PMID: 32935069
  • Correa-de-Araujo R, Addison O, Miljkovic I, Goodpaster BH, Bergman BC, Clark RV, Elena JW, Esser KA, Ferrucci L, Harris-Love MO, Kritchevsky SB, Lorbergs A, Shepherd JA, Shulman GI, Rosen CJ. Myosteatosis in the Context of Skeletal Muscle Function Deficit: An Interdisciplinary Workshop at the National Institute on Aging. Front Physiol. 2020;11:963. PubMed PMID: 32903666
  • Gollie JM, Harris-Love MO: Chapter 9: Resistance Activities. In Uribarri J, Vassalotti JA, eds. Nutrition, Fitness and Mindfulness: An Evidenced-Based Guide for Clinicians. Nutrition and Health Series. Springer International AG: Switzerland, 2020. (ISBN 978-3-030-30891-9)
  • Harris-Love MO, Gonzales TI, Wei Q, Ismail C, Zabal J, Woletz P, DiPietro L, Blackman MR. Association Between Muscle Strength and Modeling Estimates of Muscle Tissue Heterogeneity in Young and Old Adults. J Ultrasound Med. 2019 Jul;38(7):1757-1768. PubMed PMID: 30548644
  • Gallo LH, Rodrigues EV, Filho JM, da Silva JB, Harris-Love MO, Gomes ARS. Effects of virtual dance exercise on skeletal muscle architecture and function of community dwelling older women. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2019 Mar 1;19(1):50-61. PubMed PMID: 30839303
  • Gollie JM, Harris-Love MO, Patel SS, Blackman MR. Rate of force development is related to maximal force, muscle quality and physical function in patients with chronic kidney disease predialysis. medRxiv. 2019;1:19013557
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Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Member and Fellow
  • American College of Rheumatology, Member
  • The Gerontological Society of America, Member and Fellow

Practice Locations

Hospital Affiliation
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Specialty Information

Conditions & Treatments
  • Rehabilitation Therapy - Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Wellness and Prevention - Exercise and Physical Fitness
  • Wellness and Prevention
  • Seniors' Health
  • Immune System - Autoimmune Disorders
  • Immune System
Clinical Interests
I currently serve the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a Visiting Professor within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Director of the Physical Therapy Program. My previous experience includes the rehabilitation management of idiopathic myopathies and rare neuromuscular diseases at the Mayo Clinic and the NIH Clinical Center. My recent work as a clinician-investigator within the VA health care system involves the assessment and treatment of age-related muscle dysfunction.

Care Philosophy
A focus on muscle health as a "geriatric vital sign" to aid the management of chronic conditions and promote the functional independence of older adults.

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MPT, Mayo Graduate School (1997)
  • DSC, University of Indianapolis (2004)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Northern Arizona University (AZ) (1995)
  • Georgetown University Hospital Program, Clinical Research (2010)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy Program
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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