Ling Xin

Assistant Professor


  • 2015 Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 2008 M.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 2003 M.S., Physiology, Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University, China
  • 1999 Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Jiangxi Medical College, China


  • EXSC-361: Exercise Assessment & Prescription
  • EXSC-361L: Exercise Assessment & Prescription Lab

Research/Special Projects

My overall research goals are to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for skeletal muscle repair and adaptation to damaging exercise. To accomplish these goals, I plan to conduct primarily human studies to gain insight into the biology of muscle repair and adaptation. More specifically, my near future plan is to extensively characterize and uncover the mechanisms involved in the phenomenon known as the contralateral repeated bout effect, whereby exercising one muscle group induces an adaptation to the contralateral muscle group such that the contralateral muscle is more resistant to damage from a subsequent exercise bout. I hope that our work will discover targets of future therapies to facilitate muscle recovery from injury.

Potential Projects

  • Contralateral repeated bout effect of the knee extensors in young women
  • Alterations in the circulating muscle-specific microRNAs following damaging exercise

Ling Xin in the News

A collage of portraits of ten of the twelve Simmon University SURPASS Scholars for 2024

Congratulations to the 2024 SURPASs Scholars

Twelve undergraduate scholars from different disciplines have been selected to join the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Simmons (SURPASs), a highly competitive, fully funded research and mentorship program. During this six week intensive, students will work with a faculty mentor to execute an independent research project of their own design and development.