Nicolas Knuth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Nicolas Knuth, Ph.D.

Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 120 H
T/Th 10:00-11:00am
W 1:00-2:00pm.


Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 2007

M.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan, 2000

B.S., Chemistry, University of St. Thomas, 1998

Select Publications

  • Hall KD, Kerns JC, Brychta R, Knuth ND, Response to "Overstated metabolic adaptation after 'The Biggest Loser' intervention". Obesity. 2016 Oct;24(10):2026. Epub 2016 Sep 1.
  • Ferrucci L, de Capo R, Knuth ND, and Studenski S. Of Greek heroes, wiggling worms, mighty mice, and old body builders. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 2012 Jan;67(1):13-6. Epub 2011 Nov 23.
  • Fothergill E, Guo J, Howard L, Kerns JC, Knuth ND, Brychta R, Chen KY, Skarulis MC, Walter M, Walter PJ, Hall KD. Persistent metabolic adaptations 6 years after The Biggest Loser Competition. Obesity. 2016 Aug; 24(8):1612-9. Epub 2016 May 2.
  • Dobrosielski DA, Phan P, Miller P, Bohlen J, Douglas-Burton T, Knuth ND. Associations between vasodilatory capacity, physical activity and sleep among younger and older adults. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2016 Mar;116(3):495-502. Epub 2015 Dec 7.
  • Hall KD, Bemis T, Brychta R, Chen K, Courville A, Crayner EJ, Goodwin S, Guo J, Howard L, Knuth ND, Miller BV, Prado CMM, Siervo M, Skarulis M, Walter M, Walter PJ, Yannai L. Is a Calorie a Calorie?Metabolic Fat Loss with Selective Restriction of Dietary Carbohydrate vs. Fat in Obese Adults. Cell Metab. 2015 Sep 1;22(3):427-36. Epub 2015 Aug 13.
  • Knuth ND*, Johannsen DL*, Tamboli RA, Marks-Shulman PA, Huizenga R, Chen KY, Abumrad NN, Ravussin E, Hall KD. Metabolic adaptation following massive weight loss is related to the degre of energy imbalance and changes in circulating leptin. Obesity. 2014 Dec;22(12):2563-9. Epub 2014 Sep 19. (* denotes authors contributed equally to this work)
  • Schrack JA, Knuth ND, Simonsick EM, and Ferrucci L. "IDEAL" Aging is associated with lower resting metabolic rate: the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. J Am Geriatr Soc, 2014 Apr;62(4):667-72.Epub 2014 Mar 17.
  • Ferrucci L, Schrack JA, Knuth ND, and Simonsick EM. Aging and the energetic cost of life. J Am Geriatr Soc, 2012 Sept:60:1768-9.
  • Johannsen DL*, Knuth ND*, Huizenga R, Rood J, Ravussin E, and Hall KD. Metabolic slowing with massive weight loss despite preservation of fat-free mass. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 2012 Jul;97(7):2489-96. Epub 2012 Apr 24. (*denotes authors contributed equally to this work)


  • Obesity
  • Body Composition
  • Macronutrient Metabolism
  • Energy Expenditure Across the Lifespan

Courses Taught 

  • KNES 313 Physiology of Exercise 
  • KNES 420 Advanced Exercise Physiology