Kirk Personius, PT, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science

Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Contact Information

530 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-6940
Fax: (716) 829-3217


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Research Interests: neuromuscular development and regeneration, animal models of neuromuscular disorders, and sarcopenia.


Kirk Personius, PT, PhD, is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Personius also holds an appointment in UB’s Neuroscience program. His research focuses on how communication between motor neurons and muscle fibers guides the development of the neuromuscular junction and how this communication breaks down during disease, trauma and aging. Ultimately, Personius is interested in identifying potential targets to be used by regenerative medicine for treatment of denervation, sarcopenia or muscle-wasting diseases. Personius teaches Foundations in Physical Therapy 1 (PT 509) and Integumentary (PT 612).

Education and Training

  • Postdocatoral training, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the Department of Neuroscience
  • PhD, Physiology from the University of Arizona (1998)
  • BS, Physical Therapy from Northeastern University (1989)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Society for Neuroscience