Dojin Ryu to head Division of Food, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences

June 16, 2023

Dojin Ryu has been named director of the Division of Food, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (FNES) in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP) in CAFNR and the School of Medicine, effective Aug. 1, 2023.


Parks receives 2023 Edwin Bierman Award for diabetes research

June 16, 2023

The award, presented by the American Diabetes Association, recognizes Parks as a leading scientist who has made outstanding contributions in the field of macrovascular complications, such as heart disease, and the treatment of diabetes.

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Making Connections

Jan. 12, 2023

Exercise and physiology faculty use strong collaboration at MU to learn more about body systems. What do little girls dreaming of being an astronaut and women with sleep apnea have in common? They may both benefit from the research of Jackie Limberg, assistant professor in nutrition and physiology.

Jaume Padilla

Jaume Padilla Receives the 2023 EEP Impact Award

June 21, 2022

Jaume Padilla, associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, will be presented the 2023 Environmental and Exercise Physiology (EEP) Impact Award at the American Physiology Summit 2023 in Long Beach, California, in April. The EEP Impact Award recognizes a mid-career primary EEP member who has either established a line of impactful research or has made…


The Bench-Bedside Interface

Feb. 11, 2022

Finding new strategies to improve vascular health in diabetes Padilla along with his collaborators Camila Manrique-Acevedo, associate professor in medicine and Luis Martinez-Lemus, professor in medical pharmacology and physiology, recently moved to the newly opened NextGen Precision Health building. The new state of the art facility will further strengthen and expand the scope of the…

Roseann Durbin (left) and her daughter Hannah just finished their first semester in the accelerated master’s coordinated program in dietetics, through the nutrition and exercise physiology (NEP) degree program. The duo shared a handful of courses last semester, have spent time together at the Mizzou Rec and have found their favorite study spots throughout campus.

Sharing New Experiences

Jan. 26, 2022

Hannah Durbin and her mother, Roseann, are embarking on a new adventure in the nutrition and exercise physiology degree program Roseann Durbin (left) and her daughter Hannah just finished their first semester in the accelerated master’s coordinated program in dietetics, through the nutrition and exercise physiology (NEP) degree program. The duo shared a handful of courses…

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Call for Postdoctoral Scholars

Sept. 30, 2021

The University of Missouri’s Research Excellence Program (REP) Program is designed to enhance research activity at the university. The REP program provides funding to selected high performing University of Missouri (MU) faculty to hire postdoctoral scholars to further research productivity and postdoctoral preparation for grant writing and careers in the professoriate. Current Call for Applications…

2022 NEP Spring Seminar Series

Sept. 30, 2021

The 2022 Spring Seminar Series will be held Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m. NEP Seminar Schedule Spring 22 (PDF) For questions, contact Ben Sauro, 573-882-4288,

Researchers left to right: Jaume Padilla, PhD; Camila Manrique-Acevedo, MD and Luis Martinez-Lemus, DVM, PhD

Researchers Receive More Than $6 Million to Study Diabetes-Related Cardiovascular Disease

July 7, 2021

Two grants will fund diabetes-related cardiovascular disease research into potential treatments to improve vascular function. Researchers left to right: Jaume Padilla, PhD; Camila Manrique-Acevedo, MD and Luis Martinez-Lemus, DVM, PhD Over the past two decades, the number of new diabetes cases has almost tripled in the U.S., and 80% of patients with Type 2 diabetes…

NEP 2021 Graduation Celebration!

April 23, 2021

Congratulations to the class of 2021!

Mary Moore

Congratulations to NEP Graduate Student Award Winners

April 15, 2021

Mary Moore won the Graduate School Donald K Anderson Award. This award celebrates the significant impact of graduate student's scholarship on the field of study and exemplifies an extraordinary intellectual accomplishment. Mary also won the HES Distinguished Graduate Research Award. Tom Jurrissen won the Graduate School The Donald K. Anderson Award. This award celebrates the…

Clayton Ivie

Student Awards

March 17, 2021

Congratulations to our award winning NEP students: Eric Lis Undergraduate Student Outstanding Poster Award at Cardiovascular Research Day Clayton Ivie Undergraduate Student Barbara A Horowitz and John M. Horowitz Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award for his upcoming presentation at EB 2021 Brian Shariffi PhD Student Cardiovascular Section Research Recognition Award & Martin Frank Diversity Travel Award…

Jennifer Bean

Congratulations Professor Jennifer Bean – MU Undergraduate Teaching Award

Feb. 10, 2021

Jennifer Bean, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, College of Human Environmental Sciences - 2020 MU Undergraduate Teaching Award Winner Jennifer is aware effective use of educational technology supports intellectual growth and promotes good citizenship online and in the workplace. Technology is not a one-size-fits-all teaching prop, and use without thought of curriculum support or teaching abilities…

NEP Virtual Meet and Greet for Graduate Students

Feb. 5, 2021

Join us on Feb. 12th from 9-10:30 am for an opportunity to virtually meet and interact with faculty and other graduate students in the department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Tour our facilities virtually. Contact Ben Sauro for more information. Zoom Link

Jaume Padilla

NEP Faculty Selected for NextGen Precision Health Building Move-In

Jan. 25, 2021

The College of Human Environmental Sciences is proud to have three faculty members selected for the NextGen Precision Health Building Move-In. They were chosen because their work aligns with one or more of the six guiding pillars of NextGen and the building’s specific resources will significantly enhance their research efforts. Most importantly, they are committed…

S.T.A.R. Student Training for Advancing Research

NEP Students Accomplish Great Feats in the Face of Great Challenges

Dec. 14, 2020

As Mizzou pivoted to new forms of learning and engagement in Fall of 2020, the Office of Undergraduate Research designed and delivered a robust set of online workshops to provide students a means to create community and enhance their skills, in preparation for a time when they would return to mentored research and creative scholarship.…

Mary Moore

NEP Students Place at 37th Annual RCAF

Dec. 2, 2020

The Graduate Professional Council (GPC) announced its 37th Annual Research & Creative Activities Forum (RCAF), which took place on November 13 & 14, 2020. This event offered an  invaluable opportunity for students to showcase their academic projects in front of an audience of their professors, mentors, research colleagues, and visiting faculty from other institutions in…

Breanne Baker

NEP Student Awards at Health Sciences Research Day

Nov. 16, 2020

More than 200 research projects were virtually displayed during the 2020 Health Sciences Research Day. The annual event showcased research from MU undergraduate, medical and nursing students, as well as pre- and post-doctoral trainees. The event featured a range of health research, including immunology, nutrition and exercise physiology, diabetes, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and health psychology. Students…

Maggie Fitzgerald Receives STAR Recognition

Oct. 27, 2020

Maggie Fitzgerald, NEP undergraduate student, has earned her Student Training for Advancing Research (STAR) recognition from the MU Office of Undergraduate Research. After having attended five professional development workshops (and she is planning to do more!), Maggie will be recognized by having her name listed in the Fall Forum booklet and receipt of a small…

Rebecca Mott

USDA-NIFA Invests More Than $53 Million to Help U.S. Farmers Prosper

Oct. 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced grant investments of more than $53 million across three unique programs for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and military veterans to support American agriculture. This year, USDA-NIFA awarded grants to four regional entities contributing to the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. Long-term,…

Elizabeth Parks

Dr. Parks Elected to Leadership at The Obesity Society

Oct. 13, 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Parks, Professor in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, has been elected to begin a 4-year leadership path in The Obesity Society (TOS). Established in 1982, TOS is the leading professional organization focused on the science-based understanding of the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of obesity, with approximately 2,500 members world-wide. Beginning this November, Dr.…

Jacqueline Limberg

Dr. Limberg to Speak at American Physiological Society Webinar

Oct. 13, 2020

Join the American Physiological Society (APS) and partner ADInstruments on November 19, 2020 for a free webinar discussing the basics of human autonomic research as well as tips and tricks for successful human testing. This practical skills program is ideal for trainees or established scientists who want to refresh their autonomic research knowledge. Dr. Jacqueline…

Steve Ball

Dr. Steve Ball Interviewed on Inside Mizzou Athletics Podcast

Oct. 1, 2020

Dr. Steve Ball, NEP Professor & State Specialist as well as Mizzou baseball alum, was recently interviewed on the Inside Mizzou Athletics Podcast. Listen now

2020 Fall Seminar Series

Aug. 14, 2020

The 2020 Fall Seminar Series will be held on Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Due to social distancing guidelines, in–person seminars will be closed to the general public. Seminars will be available to everyone via Zoom. Links will be distributed prior to each seminar. For more information, contact Ben Sauro at (573) 882-4288 or…

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Advising Changes in NEP

Aug. 14, 2020

The NEP Advising Office has gone through a few changes this summer. We have a new advisor and new home. Katie Barthel joined our team in May. She will be working on recruiting for the department, meeting with prospective students and advising some of the new Human Performance students. The Advising Office has moved to…

NEP Graduation Send-Off

May 15, 2020

NEP faculty and staff would like to congratulate our class of 2020 graduates!

NEP Staff Prepares Meals for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19

May 7, 2020

Contact: Pate McCuien, 573-882-4870, As hospitals have become increasingly full, The University of Missouri’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology has stepped up to help MU Health Care workers. In just two weeks, members from the department have cooked and prepared 500 frozen meals to help MU Health Care provide food to nurses, physicians…

Jill Kanaley

Dr. Kanaley Selected as Fellow

April 22, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Jill Kanaley, NEP Professor and Associate Chair, on her selection as an active fellow for the National Academy of Kinesiology. Election into the Academy is a sign of the high esteem and respect held by peers in the field for Dr. Kanaley's scholarship and leadership. Congratulations Dr. Kanaley on achieving this high…

Jennifer Bean

Healthy Eating Tips from Professor Bean

April 6, 2020

NEP Assistant Professor, Jennifer Bean, spoke with Vox Magazine about 5 tips to keep you sane while cooking in quarantine. How to eat right so you can feel good. Read article

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NEP to Prepare Meals for MU Healthcare Workers

April 3, 2020

Realizing that the surge in Mid-Missouri is 2-3 weeks away, the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology has decided to utilize their research kitchen and chef to help MU Health Care. With approval of the provost and Gary Ward, and working with MU Healthcare dining, NEP chef Kenny Williams will begin making 500 packaged and…

Jennifer Bean

Jennifer Bean Speaks to ABC17 About Stress Eating

April 2, 2020

Jennifer Bean, Assistant Teaching Professor at NEP, was interviewed by ABC17 about stress eating. Many people turn to food during stressful times, such as the COVID-19 outbreak. Watch video

Rory Cunningham

Rory Cunningham Receives Mizzou 18 Award

March 6, 2020

Congratulations to NEP graduate student, Rory Cunningham for being chosen as a Mizzou 18 award receipient. In the spirit of service, first modeled by the University's founding families in 1839, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou 18 Award. This award is dedicated to honoring 18 University of Missouri graduate and professional students…

Dain Jacobs

Dain Jacob, NEP Graduate Student Receives Award

March 4, 2020

NEP Graduate Student Dain Jacobs is a recipient of the 2020 Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award. This award is for $500, plus reimbursement to attend the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting. This year the Women in Physiology Committee received 150 applications to review. The Committee had a difficult time selecting only 53 awardees from…

Zach Grunewald receiving award

NEP Graduate Students Receive Poster Awards

Feb. 28, 2020

NEP graduate students Dain Jacobs and Zach Grunewald were selected as two of the top poster winners among 40+ other presenters at the American Physiological Society’s CV Day on Feb. 25th. Both Dain and Zach were acknowledged with "Certificates of Excellence" and received a $100 monetary award. In total, only six awards were given out.Congratulations…

Zachary Grunewald

Congratulations Zachary Grunewald, PhD Student at NEP

Jan. 27, 2020

Zachary Grunewald, PhD student at NEP, was selected as a finalist by the American Physiological Society-Cardiovascular Section Awards Committee for the 2020 APS-Cardiovascular Section Outstanding Graduate Student Trainee Awards. Zachary's abstract entitled "TRAF3IP2 ablation protects against obesity-associated glycemic dysregulation, elevated blood pressure, and endothelial dysfunction," was amongst the most highly rated applications within a number…

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Dr. Hardin Elected as ACDP President

Dec. 20, 2019

Dr. Chris Hardin has been elected as the 2021 President elect of the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology. Dr. Hardin was the 2017 Chairman of the Board of the Association for Nutrition Departments and Programs.

Alisha Perry accepting award

MU School of Medicine Health Sciences Research Day 2019

Nov. 27, 2019

Three students working in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology research labs received research awards at this year’s MU School of Medicine Health Sciences Research Day. More than 200 research projects were presented during Health Sciences Research Day highlighting research from MU undergraduate, medical, and nursing students, as well and pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees. School of Medicine…

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Students Recognized at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Nov. 19, 2019

Mizzou was well represented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) hosted in Anaheim, California. Twenty-three of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) scholars participated, with 19 presenting their research. Once again, Mizzou had a 100% abstract acceptance rate. For the ninth year in a row, at least one IMSD Scholar…

Jay Porter accepting award

NEP Doctoral Student Receives NEACSM Award

Nov. 19, 2019

Posted: Nov. 19, 2019 Congratulations to NEP doctoral student, Jay Porter who won the Doctoral Student Investigator Award at the 2019 New England American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) meeting in Providence, RI.

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Congratulations to the Stay Strong Stay Healthy Team

Oct. 30, 2019

Dr. Steve Ball, Kelsey Weitzel, Kristin Miller, Susan Mills-Gray and Elena Doctor have been selected as the 2019 MU Team Engagement Award winners for their collaboration with Missouri Orthopedic Institute and School of Health Professions.