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Nathan T. Jenkins

  • Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology (Exercise Science Programs)

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Office Location

115M Ramsey Center
330 River Road
Athens, Georgia 30602


Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • exercise physiology
  • vascular biology
  • adipose tissue
  • inflammation
  • oxidative stress
  • nitric oxide

Research Interests

  • exericse as prevention and treatment for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases

Programs of Study


Research Summary

I am a vascular cell biologist with a primary research interest in determining the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for beneficial vascular adaptations induced by exercise as well as the processes underlying the cardiovascular consequences of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Focus areas include hemodynamic forces, such as shear stress, as well as circulating factors, e.g. inflammatory cytokines, cell membrane microparticles, and especially circulating angiogenic cells (CACs). I have had a particular interest in determining the regulatory effects of exercise on the balance between beneficial (e.g., nitric oxide) and deleterious (e.g., superoxide, peroxynitrite) free radicals in these regenerative cells. My work incorporates experimental methodologies and approaches from multiple disciplines including physiology, cell biology, functional genomics, and biochemistry.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
B.S. Ed. Exercise and Sports Science University of Georgia 2005
M.S. Exercise Science University of Georgia 2007
Ph.D. Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) University of Maryland 2011
Postdoc Vascular Biology University of Missouri 2013

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2009 Michael Pollock Student Scholar Award American College of Sports Medicine
2010 Dean's Graduate Scholar Award University of Maryland School of Public Health
2012 Writing Award Scholar American Academy of Kinesiology
2014 New Investigator Award American College of Sports Medicine