Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

JIM MARTIN, PhD portrait
  • Associate Professor, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology
  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology


Research Summary

My research has been focused on neuromuscular function, metabolic cost, and fatigue. Applications for my research range from basic aspects of neuromuscular function to human performance in a variety of settings including sport, disease, rehabilitation, and aging. Recently, I have branched into the treatment and prevention of metabolic disorders with two lines of research: single leg cycling exercise and prolonged low intensity exercise in workplace and classroom settings.

Research Statement

My research focus has been understanding basic aspects of neuromuscular function during dynamic contractions. I have used a cycling model and thus my work has application in basic science and in cycling exercise in a broad range of settings. I have recently branched out into treatment and prevention of diabetes. In a recently study we found that six workouts with single leg cycling dramatically increased proteins associated with glucose uptake, insulin sensitivity, and respiratory capacity. The next step is to determine if similar gains can be realized in a diabetic population and if those gains will reduce complications of diabetes. Finally, I am interested in facilitating low intensity exercise in work place and classroom settings and developed prototypes of an ActiveDesk with integrated workstation and exercise bike.

Research Keywords

  • Neuromuscular function, Interest Level: 5
  • Obesity, Interest Level: 4
  • Human Performance, Interest Level: 4
  • Diabetes, Interest Level: 4
  • Biomechanics, Interest Level: 4

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • ACTIVE DESK ENGINE FUNDING. PI: MARTIN,JIM. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEARCH FO, 11/01/2012 - 10/30/2013. Total project budget to date: $3,000.00
  • SINGLE LEG CYCLING IN DIABETES. PI: MARTIN,JIM. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEARCH FO, 12/19/2011 - 12/30/2013. Total project budget to date: $35,000.00
  • WEARABLE SPRINGS IN CYCLING. PI: MARTIN,JIM. ADIDIAS INTL INC, 05/01/2011 - 12/31/2011. Total project budget to date: $25,985.00
  • ECCENTRIC MUSCLE DAMAGE. PI: MARTIN,JIM. GATORADE SPORTS SCIENCE INSTIT, 09/01/2006 - 06/30/2009. Total project budget to date: $63,246.00