Ravi Patel

Mentor: Dr. Leonardo Ferreira
College of Human Health and Performance
"I recognized the importance of research and that most of the advances in medicine and technology would not have been possible without research. I wanted to be a part of something bigger and help progress the knowledge of our society a little bit more."


Applied Physiology and Kinesiology



Research Interests

  • Muscle Biology
  • Contractile Function
  • Muscle Recovery

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program(2016-2017)
  • Judy B. Ford Scholarship (2016-2017)
  • Dean's List - Multiple Semesters
  • President's Honor Roll - Multiple Semesters


  • Florida Trail Gators


  • Balance 180 Adaptive Gymnastics
  • Balance 180 Special Olympics Young Athletes Program
  • Mobile Outreach Clinic

Hobbies and Interests

  • Soccer
  • Weight Lifting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing

Research Description

The Effects of Dietary Nitrates on the Regenerative Capacity of Skeletal Muscle
Dietary nitrates can be converted, by the body, into nitrite, and subsequently into nitric oxide. Thus, by increasing nitrate uptake, through supplementary dietary nitrates, one would effectively be increasing one’s nitric oxide bioavailability. Nitric oxide has several important physiological effects on skeletal muscles including the ability to effect: blood flow, muscle contractility, glucose and calcium homeostasis, and mitochondrial respiration and biogenesis. My research aims to investigate the effects of dietary nitrates on the regenerative capacity of injured skeletal muscle with respect to contractile function and muscle biology.