DIPLA, Konstantina

Associate Professor
Cellular Function and Exercise
Office hours for students: 
Monday 12:30-14:00 & Tuesday 13:00-14:30
  • Post Doctoral in Cardiac Physiology (emphasis on cellular functions, cardiac myocyte hypertrophy and atrophy in health and disease) Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA (1998).
  • Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology (emphasis on cellular functions and exercise; calcium homoestasis in cardiac hypertrophy and atrophy - Laboratory of cardiac cellular physiology), Department of Physical Education, College of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA (1997).
  • B.Sc. School of Physical Education and Sports Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1988).
Research Interests: 
  • Exercise and cardiovascular adaptations in the general population and in patients with chronic diseases (heart failure, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and pulmonary disease). Mechanisms of disease and their regression as a result of exercise training
  • Skeletal muscle and brain oxygenation (NIRS) in patients with chronic diseases: acute and chronic adaptations to exercise
  • Autonomic nervous system function, baroreceptor sensitivity, and vascular function in health and disease
  • Cardiomyocyte function, Calcium signaling pathways in cardiac myocytes (fluoresence microscopy), Left-ventricular Assist devices and cardiac myocyte function
Indicative Publications: 
  • Dipla K, Triantafyllou A, Koletsos N, Papadopoulos S, Sachpekidis V, Vrabas IS, Gkaliagkousi E, Zafeiridis A, Douma S. Impaired Muscle Oxygenation and Elevated Exercise Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Patients: Links With Vascular Stiffness. Hypertension. 2017 Aug;70(2):444-451
  • Dipla K, Triantafyllou A, Grigoriadou I, Kintiraki E, Triantafyllou GA, Poulios P, Vrabas IS, Zafeiridis A, Douma S, Goulis DG. Impairments in microvascular function and skeletal muscle oxygenation in women with gestational diabetes mellitus: links to cardiovascular disease risk factors. Diabetologia. 2017 Jan;60(1):192-201
  • Dipla K, Zafeiridis A, Koidou I, Geladas N, Vrabas IS. Altered hemodynamic regulation and reflex control during exercise and recovery in obese boys. American Journal of Physiology, Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 2010 Dec;299(6):H2090-6
  • Dipla K, Mattiello JA, Margulies KB, Jeevanandam V, Houser SR. The sarcoplasmic reticulum and the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger both contribute to the Ca2+ transient of failing human ventricular myocytes. Circulation Research. 1999 Mar 5;84(4):435-44
  • Dipla K, Mattiello JA, Jeevanandam V, Houser SR, Margulies KB. Myocyte recovery after mechanical circulatory support in humans with end-stage heart failure. Circulation. 1998 Jun 16;97(23):2316-22

Current research projects

  • # 4459.01 - Development of exercise programs for disease prevention and rehabilitation of chronic diseases (Ministry of health -funded by the EU)



Curriculum Vitae: 


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