Michael K Connor

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

LSB 423B
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 77206

Email address(es):


Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


Ph.D. - 1999
York University

B.Sc. (HK) - 1990
University of Guelph

M.Sc. - 1993
York University

Selected Publications


Santa Mina, D., M.K. Connor, S.M.H. Alibhai, P. Toren, C. Guglietti, A. Matthew, J. Trachtenberg and P. Ritvo. The Effects of Home-Based Exercise on Adipokines and the IGF-1 Axis in Men with Prostate Cancer. Can. Urol. Asooc. J. 7, E692-E698, 2013.


Dionyssiou, M.G., S. Ehyai, E. Avrutin, M.K. Connor and J.C. McDermott. Glycogen synthase kinase 3β represses Myogenin function in Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. Cell Death Dis. 5, e1054; doi: 10.1038/cddis.2014.58; 2014.

Thomas, M.M., D.C. Wang, D.M. D’Souza, M.P. Krause, A.S. Layne, D.S. Criswell, H.M. O’Neill, M.K. Connor, J.E. Anderson, B.E. Kemp, G.R. Steinberg and T.J. Hawke. Muscle-Specific AMPK β1-β2-null mice display a myopathy resultant from impairments in blood flow. Faseb J. 28, 2098-2107, 2014.



Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Dr. Connor's research focuses on two areas. His graduate research focused on the molecular adaptations of skeletal muscle to alterations in contractile activity, while his post-doctoral fellowship was directed at researching the molecular mechanisms responsible for the development and progression of Breast and Prostate Cancer. Current research projects address cell cycle regulation in 2 model systems. 1) The paracrine relationship between adipocytes and mammary and protate epithelial cells, which ultimately underlies the molecular link between obesity and these cancers; and 2) The role of cell ceycle regulation in skeltal muscle development and differentiation.