Kyle Smith, Ph.D., RD

Kyle Smith, Ph.D., RD

Assistant Professor

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Get to know Dr. Smith


My research is primarily focused on how diet, exercise, and stress alter the immune system. Changes in lifestyle factors can drastically affect how our immune cells respond to insults, and much of my laboratory’s work is aimed at developing economical adjuvants to current cancer immunotherapies. Related to this work, I also investigate the effects of spaceflight on the immune system in an effort to bolster immune function for future long-duration missions. Lastly, I am interested in dietary modification and supplementation to enhance sports performance in a variety of different settings.



  • BS, Dietetics (University of Georgia, Athens, GA)
  • MS, Exercise Physiology (Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL)
  • PhD, Physiology (University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ)


Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

A complete list of my publications can be found here:

My Bibliography – NCBI (



  • International Society of Exercise and Immunology (ISEI) – Early Career Investigator Award
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) – Doctoral Fellowship
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) – Doctoral Scholarship
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – NASA Space Physiology Doctoral Research Grant



Introduction to Exercise Physiology (PET3102)

Functional Anatomy and Physiology I (PET3322)