- Erin Simmons
- Graduate Student Nutrition
Committee Chair: Dr. Steven Riechman
Research Statement: I am interested in applied nutrition, specifically sport nutrition and muscle protein synthesis. My dissertation project involves utilization of deuterium oxide to measure synthesis of muscle protein in an effort to characterize muscle metabolic processes during longer term recovery from exercise. My research project aims to clarify whether athletes/trained individuals in a stable training environment have increased daily protein requirements, whether timing of protein ingestion following intense exercise significantly affects cumulative muscle protein synthesis, and whether there is an interaction between timing of protein ingestion and total daily protein requirements.