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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
  • inflammation
  • oxidative stress
  • metabolism
  • energy systems and their applications

Research Interests

  • exercise as prevention and treatment for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases
  • non-traditional approaches to studying exercise, especially high-intensity functional training
  • exercise and metabolic flexibility
  • exercise and nutrition

Programs of Study

Research Summary

Dr. Jenkins is an integrative exercise physiologist with a primary research interest in determining the impact of acute an chronic exercise on cardiovascular and metabolic health. Historically, the lab's focus areas have included hemodynamic forces, such as shear stress, as well as circulating factors, e.g. inflammatory cytokines, cell membrane microparticles, and especially circulating angiogenic cells (CACs). Dr. Jenkins’ current research aims to characterize the cardiovascular and metabolic responses to high-intensity functional training. The overall hypothesis driving this work is that the anaerobic demand of the exercise stimulus is directly proportional to its cardiometabolic benefits, in direct contrast to the field’s consensus thinking (cf., 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines). To date, Dr. Jenkins has published over 75 articles in the academic literature, which collectively have been cited over 2500 times.


I am a proud 'double dawg', having received both my undergraduate and master's degrees in Exercise Science from UGA. After completing PhD and postdoctoral training at the U of Maryland and U of Missouri (respectively), I was very excited to return to UGA as a faculty member in 2013. I am equally committed to the instructional and research missions of the department. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of exercise physiology, metabolism, cardiovascular biology, and chronic disease. My lab's research complements these areas.

I maintain close collaborations with the Non-Invasive Muscle Physiology Lab directed by Dr. Kevin McCully, the Muscle Dysfunction Laboratory directed by Dr. Jarrod Call, and the Human Nutrition Laboratory directed by Dr. Jamie Cooper. My research has been suported by the NIH as well as industry partners.

Outside of the University, I enjoy spending time with my wife, our two dogs and two cats (pictures available upon request), and training at my local CrossFit gym. I am also an avid mountain biker.


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