Christine Kiff Apgar
Department Office Administrator
Administrative Support Assistant
Chet Ray, Ph.D.
Department Chair & Professor of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences
Director of the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine
- Neural control of the circulation
- Vestibular control of sympathetic nerve activity
- Autonomic and cardiovascular adjustments to physical and mental stress
- Cardiovascular adaptations to exercise training
- Effect of microgravity on cardiovascular and autonomic function
- Hypertension and the sympathetic nervous system
- B.S., Ithaca College
- M.A., University of Georgia
- Ph.D., University of Georgia
Bob Moffatt, PhD
Exercise and lipoprotein metabolism, effects of cigarette smoking and cessation from smoking on energy balance and lipoprotein metabolism.
Awards / Honors
Named the Georgia Alice Stamford Professor in 2000.
Bahram Arjmandi, PhD
Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph.D, RD is currently the Margaret A. Sitton Named Professor at Florida State University (FSU) and is the founder and Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging (CAENRA) at FSU. He has also served in numerous capacities at FSU, including being a member of the FSU Biomedical Advisory Committee, the Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and as the chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences for eight years. Dr. Arjmandi is a Registered Dietitian who received his Ph.D. from the Department of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University where he studied the effect of soluble fiber on sterol synthesis and later completed his postdoctoral work in the area of estrogen and bone physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center. His current research emphasis is women’s health including cardiovascular health, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis. In recognition of his accomplishments in women’s health, he received the Abbott Nutrition Award in Women’s Health in 2013. He was one of the first investigators to provide evidence for estrogen receptors in the gut to aid in calcium transport and to demonstrate the efficacy of dried plum in protecting bone in both animal models of osteoporosis and postmenopausal women. He has also conducted clinical studies examining the beneficial effects of berries, including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries on cardiovascular health. He has received grants from USDA, NIH, NASA and state agencies to support his research and has also served as a panel member for NIH and panel member and panel manager for USDA/NRI. Dr. Arjmandi was one of the twelve invited US forum delegates to the Traditional Indian Systems of Medicine Symposium sponsored by the NIH and the Indian government. He has published more than 125 peer reviewed journal articles and has received numerous recognitions for his scholarly research and graduate student advisement including the Margaret Scruggs Award for Meritorious Research, the Regents Distinguished Research Award at Oklahoma State University (OSU), and Distinguished Research Award at Kansas State University.
In addition to his research endeavors, Dr. Arjmandi was awarded the Outstanding Mentor Award three times at OSU and was recognized as an Outstanding Alumni from the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University, and was the recipient of The Dr. Masoro Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2012. Dr. Arjmandi is serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Food & Nutrition Disorders and as editorial board member of several other journals including the Journal of Diabetes Mellitus and Preventative Nutrition and Food Science. He is also a member of several worldwide organizations including the International Bone and Mineral Society and the North American Menopause Society.
Michael Delp, PhD
Dean & Betty M. Watts Professor
Upon completion of graduate work at the University of Georgia, where he earned a doctorate in exercise physiology and a Master of Arts degree in exercise physiology, Dr. Michael Delp served as the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Missouri.
Prior to coming to Florida State University, Delp was a Professor and Chair of the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida, a Professor and Vice Chair in the Division of Exercise Physiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and a faculty member in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Michael Delp’s research is primarily focused on understanding the effects of physical activity on the cardiovascular system and, more specifically, the microcirculation. To accomplish this goal, his laboratory has used exercise training to investigate the effects of high levels of physical activity on cardiovascular function, while aging, microgravity (simulated and actual) and type II diabetes have been used as models where low levels of physical activity is a key component of the condition. According to the American Heart Association, physical inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disorders. It also contributes to other risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, low levels of HDL cholesterol, and diabetes. Work from the Delp laboratory has focused on the full spectrum of physical activity on smooth muscle and endothelial cell function of resistance arteries, and how activity-related alterations in vasomotor function alters control of arterial pressure and tissue perfusion.
Specific areas include:
- The effects of aging and exercise training on vascular control mechanisms in skeletal muscle.
- The effects of actual and simulated microgravity on microvascular control mechanisms in the brain, splanchnic tissue and skeletal muscle, and how these alterations contribute to health risks associated with spaceflight.
- The possible coupling of diminished blood flow and microvascular endothelial function to bone loss associated with disuse, old age and type II diabetes.
- B.S., Oral Roberts University
- M.A., University of Georgia
- Ph.D., University of Georgia
Kirk Evanson, PhD
Dr. Kirk Evanson received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in 2011. Dr. Evanson was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) from 2011-2015. While at UTHSC, Dr. Evanson was a recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH/NHLBI) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (2012-2015).
Dr. Evanson’s research focus is on ion channel regulation of arterial contractility. Ion channels are specialized proteins that span cell membranes to provide passage for charged particles (ions). In excitable vascular smooth muscle, ion channels are primary regulators of cell membrane potential and arterial diameter, and ion channel dysfunction in vascular smooth muscle is associated with vascular disease. Dr. Evanson is interested in identifying novel ion channel proteins and mechanisms that could improve our understanding of vascular function in normal and pathophysiological conditions. Dr. Evanson uses a comprehensive approach to study vascular smooth muscle protein expression and function. Techniques include RT-PCR, Western blotting, surface biotinylation, patch-clamp
Bradley Gordon, PhD
Dr. Brad Gordon has a long-standing interest in understanding the molecular factors that contribute to changes in skeletal muscle mass and function during disease and non-diseased states. Work in this area has utilized various in vitro and in vivo model systems (e.g. high frequency muscle contractions, synergistic ablation, aerobic treadmill exercise) to identify the efficacy of therapeutic modalities to treat muscle disease, understand how nutrients regulate the anabolic response in skeletal muscle, as well as identify the factors that contribute to the beneficial adaptations to skeletal muscle following physical activity.
- B.A., Millersville University
- M.S., East Stroudsburg University
- Ph.D., University of South Carolina
- Post-Doc, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Michele Garber, MS, ATC, LAT
Michele Garber is a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences. Her primary responsibilities as the Associate Program Director are within the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE) accredited Athletic Training Education Program. In addition to teaching courses and advising athletic training students, Garber maintains program compliance with accreditation standards.
Garber is also the assistant director of the College of Human Sciences Living Learning Community (LLC) in Reynolds Hall. Specifically designed for first-year students, the LLC program focuses on the transition to college life with an emphasis on wellness. In addition to residing in a close-knit, supportive community, living learning community participants are given the opportunity to interact with faculty and other students who share common academic interests.
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Techniques in Rehabilitation
- Static, Semidynamic and Dynamic Balance Training Exercises in Regaining Balance and Postural Equilibrium
Hyun Seok Hwang, PhD
Dr. Hyun Seok Hwang received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Seoul National University in South Korea and a PhD in kinesiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Hwang has studied sudden cardiac death in arrhythmia research (cardiac electrophysiology) at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as a postdoc. His research was supported by American Heart Association postdoc-fellowship. Prior to joining the FSU in 2015, Hwang was working as research instructor at Vanderbilt University. Hwang’s work has published in several leading journals including Nature Medicine, Circulation Research, etc. Hwang’s current study is to understand how oxidative stress contributes irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) and contractility in various cardiac diseases (Myocardial infarction, hypertension, diabetic cardiomyopathy etc.).
Jasminka Ilich-Ernst, PhD, RD
Dr. Jasminka Ilich-Ernst earned her PhD at the Ohio State University and the University of Zagreb, Croatia in Medicinal Sciences and her MS at the University of Utah in Foods and Nutrition. She is a registered dietitian (RD) and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN). She joined the FSU in 2006 after her tenure at the University of Connecticut, preceded by a position at the Ohio State University. Her research resulted in over 100 publications in peer-review scientific journals, as well as14 book chapters/symposia volumes. She has been a recipient of several federal (NIH and USDA) and numerous extramural grants and served as a major professor and mentor for numerous undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. She is also an active member of several professional societies, is a reviewer or serves on editorial board for many journals and grant–review panels,. Dr. Ilich-Ernst received several prestigious awards and is a frequently invited speaker by conference organizers for presentation of her research findings as well as by different organizations and forums for presentations and lectures on women’s health.
FOREIGN COLLABORATIVE INSTITUTIONS:
- Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia (since 1994)
- Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital, Rijeka, Croatia (since 2004)
- Department of Food Quality Control, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia (since 2006)
- Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa (since 2010 – established Collaborative Agreement with FSU in 2012)
Dr. Ilich-Ernst’s research is comprehensive and multifaceted and includes:
with nutritional intervention in human subjects incorporating behavioral modification and modes of physical activity for augmentation of bone and body composition (muscle and fat tissues). In 2012, Dr. Ilich-Ernst has identified a triad incorporating bone loss, muscle loss and adipose tissue expansion in older individuals and termed it “osteosarcopenic obesity syndrome”. Recently, she started investigating the newly discovered hormone, irisin, in connection with brown- and beige-fat activation.
OUTREACH TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
for education and health promotion interventions to foster obesity prevention, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors and overall healthier lifestyle.
in animal models with feeding studies and investigating the bioavailability of calcium, magnesium, and zinc and their competitive interaction during absorptive processes. This includes metabolic and balance studies of those minerals in human subjects, and in vitro and in vivo experiments in animals.
investigating nutritional influences on mesenchymal stem cell differentiation into osteoblasts (bone forming cells) and adipocytes (fat cells) lineages and cross-talk with myocytes (muscle cells). Insight into the pathways and nature of the metabolites involved will lead to better understanding and regulation of the overall functioning of bone, adipose, and muscle tissues and their inter-connective trajectories.
Dr. Ilich Ernst has started two new projects:
- Determining the prevalence of osteosarcopenic obesity in women of a wide age range and individuals with other chronic diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes) and its influence on functional abilities and metabolic profile. Osteosarcopenic obesity is a new concept, fashioned by Dr. Ilich-Ernst in 2012, and includes low bone and muscle mass and strength (osteoporosis and sarcopenia) coexistent with obesity.
- Investigating the irisin-brown-fat axis in humans and animal models. Irisin is a newly discovered signaling protein released by muscle cells upon exercise. Irisin activates thermogenic processes in white adipose tissue causing its “browning” and leads to increased mitochondrial biogenesis, heat production and energy expenditure. Delineating functions of this messenger system in humans will determine whether irisin and some other related factors could be targets for therapeutic approaches for conditions caused by excess energy consumption, such as obesity and diabetes.
Jeong-Su Kim, PhD
Prior to joining to the faculty at the Florida State University in 2007, Dr. Kim received his B.S. degree in Physical Education from Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. Following his B.S. degree, Dr. Kim moved his family to the United States to continue his studies in Exercise Physiology. He obtained his M.S. from the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2002. He continued his research by completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, Muscle Research Laboratory, VAMC/Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Birmingham, AL. Dr. Kim spent an additional two years at UAB as a research associate in the same laboratory and has been involved with an NIH funded project examining the effects of training and detraining on older adults. He was also involved with a Department of Veteran’s Affairs project examining the causes and factors related to sarcopenia. Dr. Kim’s primary research interests focus on the study of sarcopenia (i.e., age-related atrophy of skeletal muscle) and other neuromuscular changes related to aging, exercise, and physical function. His emphasis for future research projects includes the age-related and exercise (load)-induced cellular and molecular adaptations in human skeletal muscle, and the prevention of physical disability and maintenance of independence through physical activity by designing/optimizing proper exercise interventions for healthy or “at risk” older adults.
Emphasis for Dr. Kim’s future research projects include the age-related and exercise (load)-induced cellular and molecular adaptations in human skeletal muscle, and the prevention of physical disability and maintenance of independence through physical activity along with adequate dietary supplements. Dr. Kim and his colleagues have recently demonstrated that older adults exhibit blunted cellular and molecular responses of myofiber hypertrophy to 16 weeks of a resistance training program when compared to the young. Based on these promising findings, he is currently working on a grant proposal (NIH) and conducting pilot studies to investigate whether the supplementation of essential amino acids (EAA) will reverse the age-related attenuations of load-mediated cellular and molecular responses.
Dr. Kim’s responsibilities include teaching, grant proposal submissions, conducting research projects, writing manuscripts, mentoring graduate students and honors students as a major professor, and serving as a committee member in different capacities. He is also currently serve as a faculty advisor for Heath Occupations Students of America (HOSA Florida State University Chapter, 2008 - Present) and for the FSU Field Hockey Club (2010 - Present)
Prashant Singh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Food Science
Dr. Prashant Singh obtained his Ph.D. in Food Science and also a Food Safety and Defense Graduate Certificate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2015. Upon completing his Ph.D., he moved to the University of Georgia where he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Food Science and Technology. Dr. Singh’s research group focuses on the application of multiple-hurdle approach for beef and produce safety. He has performed extensive research in the area of development of rapid methods for the detection of foodborne pathogens and antibiotic resistant pathogens. Additionally, he has been also working in the area of dairy microbiology and probiotics.
- Application of multiple-hurdle approach for beef and produce safety
- Development of rapid methods for the detection of foodborne pathogens and antibiotic resistant pathogens
- Dairy microbiology and probiotics
- B.S., Delhi University
- M.S., Vellore Institute of Technology
- Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Georgia
Haiyan Maier, PhD, RD
Dr. Maier earned her M.S. degree in Biochemistry from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany and her Ph.D. degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Florida State University. Her research focuses on the relationship of dietary and lifestyle factors that cause delayed chronic wound healing in patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers, and the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Overweight and Obesity, as well as Wound Healing. Prior to become a teaching faculty at NFES, Dr. Maier worked as a Registered Dietitian in Bureau of Child Care Food Programs, Florida Department of Health where she promoted community nutrition and the health of children in Florida by conducting nutrition workshops and individual counseling.
Michael Ormsbee, PhD
Dr. Ormsbee has a Ph.D. in Bioenergetics (interdisciplinary program in Exercise Science, Physiology & Nutrient Biochemistry) from East Carolina University. He earned his M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from South Dakota State University and his B.S. in Exercise Science and Business from Skidmore College. He is a faculty member at the Institute of Sport Science and Medicine and the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging and is an affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity. Dr. Ormsbee is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He teaches both the undergraduate and graduate Sport and Exercise Nutrition Classes and Exercise/Nutrition Endocrinology. His research and expertise involves the interaction of exercise training, nutrition and supplementation to achieve optimal body composition, human performance, and health in both athletes and clinical populations. His laboratory has had a major emphasis on nighttime feeding for metabolism, body composition, recovery and performance since 2010. He was a 2013 Transformation Through Teaching Award Winner and a 2014 Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award Winner. In addition, Dr. Ormsbee was honored with both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (2012) and Dymatize Nutrition Sports Performance Institute (2013) Young Investigator Awards and was named one of the FSU 2013 Newsmakers of the Year.
Dr. Ormsbee was a student athlete (ice hockey) at Skidmore College and East Carolina University (where he still holds the ECU record for goals in a season, points in a season and goals in one game). He now competes in triathlon at the Sprint, Olympic, and 70.3 Ironman distances, is an avid lifter, and attempts to call himself an athlete. Current PhD Students (area of focus) Amber Kinsey (Nighttime Feeding, Lipolysis, and Hormone Changes in Clinical Populations) Chris Bach (Environmental Influence on Human Metabolism and Performance) Dan Baur (Pre, During, and Post-exercise Feeding Strategies for Endurance Athletes) Brittany Allman (Exercise and Dietary Supplement Influence on Clinical Populations) Ann Frost (Protein’s Influence on Body Composition of Professional Dancers) Vince Kreipke* (Herbal Supplements and Strength Training to Alter Anabolic Hormones) Current MS Thesis Students (area of focus) Katie Gorman (Nighttime Feeding and Morning Endurance Performance) Beth Miller (Nighttime Feeding, Hydration Status, and Health) Sam Kramer (Dietary Nitrate Use for Crossfit Athletes) Stacy Cappadona (Nighttime Feeding, Hunger and Satiety in Obese Men).
- Exercise training and nutritional interventions to prevent obesity-related diseases, achieve optimal body composition, and maximize human performance in both healthy (athletes) and diseased populations.
- Sports nutrition and dietary supplements
- Protein intake and exercise training to combat osteosarcopenic obesity (Dr. Ormsbee’s term for low bone mass, low muscle mass, and high fat mass) and improve energy metabolism.
- Macronutrient choices and timing/chronobiological eating, exercise, and their influence on health and human performance.
- Hormonal influence on performance, energy metabolism, and body composition.
All of the research in Dr. Ormsbee’s lab has a focus on improving human performance. Current and upcoming research projects include investigating which macronutrients are most appropriate to consume at night before bed, the impact of multi-ingredient dietary supplements on performance and body composition in both athletes and sedentary obese people, and their role in preventing exercise-induced muscle damage in athletes. Future studies include the role of resistance exercise and protein intake to improve ostesarcopenic obesity and performance in breast cancer survivors and in HIV patients (collaborative efforts with the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa).
Lynn Panton, Ph.D.
Dr. Panton’s research interests are in the area of exercise training and its effects on body composition, muscular strength and functional outcomes of healthy older adults and chronically diseased populations. Her recent research has focused on the effects of resistance training and functional impact training in women breast cancer survivors.
- B.S., Emory University
- M.S., University of Florida
- Ph.D., University of Florida
Quinchun Rao, PhD
Dr. Qinchun Rao has a Ph.D. in Food and Nutrition from Florida State University. His research interests lie in utilizing food chemistry, especially immunochemistry and physical chemistry, as a tool to answer questions arising in both food safety and food quality disciplines. His research related to food safety primarily focuses on the development of rapid methods for the detection of harmful or prohibited substances in food products such as undeclared allergenic food residues (AFR). His research related to food quality primarily focuses on studying 1) the fundamental mechanisms and external factors influencing the interactions of proteins and other ingredients in foods and 2) the bioavailability of nutrients and bioactive components in foods.
Gloria Salazar, PhD
Dr. Gloria Salazar obtained a M.S. in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile. She moved to Atlanta in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, where she studied membrane trafficking events involve in synaptic vesicle biogenesis. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences at Florida State University. Dr. Salazar research focuses on vascular aging or senescence and its impact in age-related diseases such as atherosclerosis. These studies are significant because the increase in life expectancy, in particular in developed countries, has considerably increased the population at risk of developing age-related diseases. Dr. Salazar’s research has established a novel interplay among mitochondrial function, autophagy and zinc metabolism in the regulation of vascular aging. These studies will provide a foundation for novel therapeutic interventions to promote healthier aging and prevent/delay age-related diseases including atherosclerosis.
- vascular aging, atherosclerosis, mitochondrial dysfunction, autophagy and zinc
Shridhar Sathe, PhD
- Physicochemical and nutritional aspects of food chemistry. Research emphasis in protein biochemistry and food allergies.
Angela Sehgal, EdD, ATC, LAT
Sehgal coordinates the daily operations of the athletic training including all didactic, clinical and field experiences for undergraduate majors and direct the Living Learning Community at Reynolds Hall on behalf of the College of Human Sciences.
- Co-authored a book entitled: "Where It Hurts and Why".
- Basic Health Publications, 2005
- "Where It Hurts and Why" - DVD - Producer - 2006
Maria Spicer, PhD, RD, LDN
Dr. Spicer has been a registered dietitian since 1985 and has had clinical nutrition experiences in pediatric surgery, long term care and OB-GYN. Her research focuses on the relationship of factors that cause obesity and insulin resistance, and, in the treatment of metabolic syndrome using complementary and alternative approaches to therapy and the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney and cardiovascular disease. In addition to research and teaching graduate courses in dietetics, Dr. Spicer is the Director of the Graduate Dietetic Internship Program which is designed to provide supervised experiences in community, clinical and management dietetics which prepare graduate students for the registration exam of the Commission on Dietetic Registration and for practice in the diverse field of nutrition. The internship experiences include rotations in nutrition research, health promotion and sports dietetics.
Dr. Spicer’s research focuses on the effects of lifestyle practices on health and the development chronic diseases. This includes the detrimental effect of malnutrition and the lack of physical activity on body weight and the consequent health problems resulting from insulin resistance due to excess body weight. Overweight youth are suffering from chronic diseases that young people rarely experienced decades ago. The early detection of insulin resistance in children and adolescents should be a trigger for instituting early lifestyle interventions that promote positive lifelong changes in health behavior resulting in the prevention of chronic disease especially in at risk populations. Her research has shown that chronic high fat intake during the growing period results in the greater accumulation of body fat and hypersecretion of insulin in response to a glucose challenge in rats especially during the prepubertal period. Dr. Spicer's research team found that C-peptide concentrations were the single, most sensitive and specific indicator of insulin resistance in overweight Native American children compared to HOMA-IR and earlier than fasting glucose would indicate. Measuring C-peptide is less invasive, less time consuming, less complex and less expensive than glucose tolerance tests or glucose clamps. Thus, she is exploring the predictive ability and accuracy of C-peptide concentrations in detecting insulin resistance in overweight children with the ultimate goal of promoting lifelong healthy habits and a better quality of life.
Robert Hickner, PhD
Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies and Professor
- Nitric oxide
- Nutritive blood flow and lipolysis in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue
- B.S., Indiana University
- M.S., Ball State University
- Ph.D., The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden