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Researcher of the Month

Dr. Nicholas BurdDr. Nicholas Burd, an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health, has been named the CHAD Researcher of the Month for the month of April. Dr. Burd recently won the Peter J. Reeds Memorial Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Nutrition. This award is annually given to an investigator who displays outstanding research regarding macronutrient metabolism. Dr. Burd researches the effects of nutrition and exercise on the regulation of skeletal muscle mass. Through measuring protein metabolism and skeletal muscle mass, Dr. Burd can determine how a variety of factors (e.g., weight, age, nutrition, athleticism, etc) effect skeletal muscle adaptive response. Ultimately, this research can be used to develop more effective exercise and nutritional strategies to optimize physical performance in athletes and more clinically compromised patient groups(aging/obesity).

Dr. Burd completed his Ph.D. at McMaster University, earning his doctorate in Kinesiology though his thesis titled "Contractile and Nutritional Modulation of Human Skeletal Muscle Protein Synthesis." After completion of his doctorate, Dr. Burd did his postdoctoral research fellowship at Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands focused on human nutrition. His position at the University of Illinois began in 2013, and he routinely teaches three courses, related to bioenergetics, performance nutrition, and the scientific basis of physical performance. In the future, Dr. Burd would like to perform research in clinical populations (e.g., chronic kidney disease patients), and conduct more research in athletes as well as human obesity.

This University's caliber for research is what drew Dr. Burd to seek a position here. The top class faculty and phenomenal research opportunities allow for consistent collaboration and expanded research. Dr. Burd has recently become a father, and was a three sport athlete in high school (football, wrestling, and track). For more information on Dr. Burd, please visit Dr. Nicholas Burd.