Dr. Joaquin U. Gonzales will begin his duties as assistant professor in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences in the fall of 2010, teaching courses in the exercise physiology program.
Dr. Gonzales earned his B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas in 2000 and a M.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Texas Tech University in 2002. While on a NIH-funded pre-doctoral fellowship, Gonzales earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Science in 2008 from The University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. From 2008-2010, Gonzales was a NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow working in Noll Laboratory, a physiological research center, at Penn State University.
His research background is in studying sex differences in skeletal muscle fatigue and the influence of hemodynamic forces during exercise on vascular function. His current research examines the impact of aging and menopause on peripheral vascular health. His long-term research objective is to improve quality of life by reducing cardiovascular disease-related morbidity and mortality by evidence-based promotion of physical activity as a therapeutic strategy.