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Meet the Faculty

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Holden S. MacRae

Professor of Sports Medicine
Coordinator of Sports Medicine

Division: Natural Science Division
Office: Rockwell Academic Center (RAC) 197
Phone: (310) 506-4278
E-mail: holden.macrae@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Physiology, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1991
  • M.Ed., Exercise Physiology, University of Texas at Austin, 1984
  • B.S., Sports Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1981
  • B.A., English and Physical Education, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 1979


  • Human Physiology
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Exercise in Health & Disease
  • Research in Sports Medicine
  • Exercise Seminar

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Research Physiologist, Division General Medicine, V.A. Greater Los Angeles Health Care System.
  • Editorial Board, ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal
  • American Physiological Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Southwest Chapter, American College of Sports Medicine
  • $18,550 Veterans Administration, 1999 (Co-investigator)
  • $8,855 CardioDyne, 1996 (Principal investigator)
  • $1,694,340 National Institute on Aging, 1995 (Co-investigator)
  • $20,000 Claude Pepper Older Adult Independence Center, 1995 (Principal investigator)

Academic Interests:

  • Determination of optimal training thresholds in sub-elite and elite cyclists and runners.
  • Exercise intervention strategies in clinical populations to reduce morbidity associated with the disease process.
  • The metabolic, cardiovascular, and muscular variables that contribute to optimal exercise performance during high-intensity exercise.