Jennifer Steiner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Get to know Dr. Steiner


My research interests include the role of nutrition and exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease as well as the promotion of optimal health and performance. More specifically, my work investigates the impact of alcohol, and/or different dietary/exercise treatments on the maintenance of skeletal muscle health in relation to its interaction with other organ systems. The majority of my research uses mouse models and includes both behavioral/functional testing as well as molecular techniques. Our current projects include investigation of the effects of alcohol on circadian rhythms and the core molecular clock, as well as in mouse models of cancer cachexia, aging and pregnancy (i.e. prenatal alcohol exposure).

If you are interested in becoming a doctoral or master’s student pursuing research in these areas, please contact Dr. Steiner at


  • B.S.Ed. in Exercise Physiology, University of Virginia
  • M.S. in Exercise Physiology, University of Virginia
  • Ph.D. in Applied Physiology, University of South Carolina
  • Postdoctoral Training in Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

A complete list of publication can be found here:


  • 2011: Doctoral Student Travel Scholarship, American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR)
  • 2013: Student Research Award winner, Experimental Animal Nutrition Research Interest section, American Society of Nutrition (ASN)
  • 2014: Campbell Award for Endocrinology and Metabolism section of APS
  • 2014: NIH F32 Post-Doctoral fellowship from National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • 2015: Outstanding Post-Doctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey PA.
  • 2015: Virenda B. Mahesh Award of Excellence in Endocrinology, APS Endocrinology and Metabolism Section
  • 2021: The McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship Award, Florida Education Fund.
  • 2022: American Physiological Society- Endocrinology and Metabolism Section New Investigator Award