Dr. Hunter is a professor in the Exercise Science Program, in the Department of Physical Therapy and a Director of the Athletic and Human Performance Research Center (AHPRC) at Marquette University. In April 2020, she helped initiate the Marquette COVID-19 Research Initiative and serves as chair of the steering committee. As director of the AHPRC at Marquette, Dr. Hunter oversees programs of innovative research on human performance of all ages and abilities that is conducted by Marquette researchers, athletics and external partners.
Dr. Hunter is Director of her own laboratory (Neuromuscular Physiology of Human Movement laboratory) that conducts studies to understand the mechanisms for differences in motor control, exercise fatigue and performance between males and females, with aging and in people with diabetes. Her laboratory has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2004 along with other granting bodies to conduct studies on aging, fatigue, sex differences, women’s health, diabetes (>$10 million). Dr. Hunter actively mentors undergraduate and graduate students, along with postdoctoral research associates to become the next generation of scientists to conduct cutting-edge research. Dr. Hunter has over 120 peer review papers in impactful journals and she serves as associate editor for two journals: Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise and Exercise and Sport Science Reviews. Dr. Hunter most recent R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health with a $3 million grant (2015-2025) examines fatigability of limb muscle in old adults and the protective effects of exercise. She regularly receives national and international media attention for her research.
Dr. Hunter has been honored with several Marquette University awards for teaching and research, with the in 2020 for Outstanding Researcher in the College of Health Sciences, Marquette University.