Neil M. Johannsen
Louisiana State University
Neil M. Johannsen, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University and has been at the University for the past 7 years. In 1998, he graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. His graduate training was conducted at Iowa State University where he obtained a Ph.D. within the Department of Health and Human Performance in 2007 with a focus on the Biologic Basis of Exercise, in particular, exercise metabolism and physiologic responses to fluid intake during exercise. During his time at Iowa State University, he was awarded the Future Faculty Fellowship Award for demonstrating outstanding scholarship and promise for becoming a faculty member in higher education. From 2007 until 2012, he was at Pennington Biomedical Research Center as a Post-doctoral Researcher and later, an Instructor, in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Currently, Dr. Johannsen remains a part of Clinical Cores at Pennington as the Scientific Director of Exercise Testing and Intervention. Dr. Johannsen’s research focus is the study of physical activity and exercise training effects on chronic disease and special populations. In the past 15 years, Dr. Johannsen has played an integral role in large clinical research involving populations ranging from children to older adults, elite athletes, overweight/obese people, individuals with type 2 diabetes, and women with a history of breast cancer. In addition, Dr. Johannsen conducts smaller research studies examining the effectiveness of acute exercise on metabolic, cardiovascular, and fluid balance outcomes at LSU, and is a Director of Sport Science working closely with LSU Athletic Training to conduct research in elite athletes spanning hydration, concussion, performance, sickle cell trait, and over-training. Dr. Johannsen has a thriving graduate program with 10 PhD students and 5 Master’s students currently in his laboratory.