Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging


Our goal is to investigate and determine effective exercise and nutritional interventions that can prevent and/or slow the progression of chronic diseases and functional declines associated with aging and sharing these findings into practical recommendations for clinicians and the general public.

Examples of projects conducted include the investigation of exercise and nutrition interventions for chronic conditions such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, cardiovascular diseases, sarcopenia and sarcopenic obesity, cancer, gastrointestinal health, and brain degenerative diseases.

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Areas of Focus

The center focuses on developing unique exercise and nutritional interventions in the treatment of chronic diseases and functional declines that occur in aging with the intent to better quality of life and longevity.

Our core research areas include:

  • Musculoskeletal health and obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Women’s health
  • Cognitive function and brain health
  • Cancer prevention and survivorship


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Bahram Arjmandi, PhD

Professor and Director of Center for Advancing Exercise & Nutrition Research on Aging

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Jeong-Su Kim, PhD

Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director

College Affiliates

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Michael Delp, PhD

Betty M. Watts Professor

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Michael Ormsbee, PhD

Professor and Director for the FSU Institute of Sports Sciences & Medicine

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Lynn Panton, PhD


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Gloria Salazar, PhD

Hazel K. Stiebeling Professor

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Prashant Singh, PhD

Assistant Professor, Food Science

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FSU Affiliates

College of Medicine

Cathy W. Levenson, PhD

Professor, Biomedical Science & Neuroscience

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Samuel C. Grant, PhD

Associate Professor, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Victor Schepkin, PhD

Research Faculty

Non-FSU Affiliates


Sara Campbell, PhD

Assistant Professor

Colorado State University

Sarah Johnson, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Marcus Elam, PhD

Assistant Professor

Life University (Marietta, GA)

Negin Navaei, PhD, RDN

Assistant Professor

University of Virginia

Shirin Pourafshar, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Virginia

Kelli George, PhD, RDN, LD

Teaching Assistant Professor

Taylor Behl

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Ph.D., Nutrition & Food Science

Research Interests

  • Gut Microbiome
  • Aging
  • Functional Foods
  • Cognition and concussions
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Ph.D., Exercise Physiology

Research Interests

  • Hydration
  • Thermoregulation
  • Relationship between hydration / metabolism
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Ph.D., Nutrition & Food Science

About Amy

Amy Mullins is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, at Florida State University, pursuing a degree in Nutrition Science under the direction of Dr. Bahram Arjmandi.  Amy has Bachelor’s degrees in Health Science Education (University of Florida) and Food and Nutrition (Florida State University), and a Master’s degree in Clinical Dietetics (Florida State University).  She is a Registered Dietitian and Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Educator with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension Service (UF/IFAS) where she develops and implements community programs focused on nutrition, chronic disease prevention, general health/wellness, and food safety.  Amy’s research focus is in the area of bioactive phytochemical components of plants and nutritional intervention for prevention and management of chronic inflammatory mechanisms.

Ph.D., Nutrition & Food Science

Research Interests

  • The effects of functional food and phytonutrients on cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and cognitive health and function
  • The effects of sports nutrition and supplementation on sports performance, recovery and body composition

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406 Sandels Building
120 Convocation Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1493

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