Faculty Profiles


Baynard, Tracy

Academic Title

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Contact Info

Phone: 312-413-1962
Email: tbaynard@uic.edu
Office Location: 1919 W. Taylor St. (AHSB), Room 527, MC 517

Program Affiliations

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, PhD in Kinesiology and Nutrition
Cancer Center: Diet & Behavior Assessment—Shared Resource; Honors College Faculty Fellow


Baynard's initial training started as a clinical exercise physiologist with a strong emphasis on cardiovascular function during my Master’s at George Washington University and also my doctorate work at Syracuse University. She was involved in an extensive study whereby we examined the effects of aerobic exercise training on autonomic function and hemodynamics in a group of obese individuals with and without type 2 diabetes. While at Syracuse, her doctorate work involved an examination of heart and vascular function in obese individuals with and without the metabolic syndrome following a short-term training period. After Syracuse, she worked with Jeff Woods, PhD, in the Dept. of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for one year. During this time she learned about the effects of exercise on inflammation and immune function and was able to apply this and her interest in obesity to animal models of obesity. After her post-doc, she transitioned to an assistant professor at UIUC with specific interests in examining the effects of different lengths of exercise training (e.g. short-term to long-term) on inflammation in visceral adipose tissue of mice exposed to a high-fat diet.

In 2011 she became an assistant professor in the Dept. of Kinesiology & Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago and took this opportunity to return to her roots as a clinical researcher, particularly with Chicago at her back door. Her brief work with mouse models has really helped to broaden her understanding of the physiology of obesity and she feels better equipped to conduct high-impact research in this area. Her current work is aimed at understanding the interaction between the heart and vasculature in persons with diastolic heart failure, specifically at identifying possible sex differences that would help explain why women have a worse prognosis with this disease than men. She hopes to extend initial findings by examining the effects of exercise training in this population. With diastolic heart failure considered the fastest growing cardiovascular disease with no known treatment of proven benefit, her lab is poised to make important contributions to this area.

Current Research:
Baynard's work has a clinical focus and she is interested in the interaction between cardiovascular function, obesity, and exercise. This includes the interplay of inflammation and glucose control on these parameters. She is currently examining the role of hyperglycemia on heart and vascular function in diastolic heart failure patients. She also has research interests in special populations in regards to cardiovascular function and exercise tolerance (e.g.individuals with Down syndrome and persons with multiple sclerosis).

Selected Publications

JA Kanaley, S Goulopoulou, RF Sosnoff, T. Baynard, R Carhart, Jr., RS Weinstock, B Fernhall. Exercise training improves hemodynamic recovery to isometric exercise in obese men with type 2 diabetes but not in obese women. Metabolism. In press, 2012.

 AD Lane, S Ranadive, L Rossow, H Yan, T. Baynard, K. Wilund, B Fernhall. Aortic reservoir function is attenuated following steady state or interval exercise. Clinical Physiology & Functional Imaging. In press, 2012.

Ranadive S., H Yan, M Weikert, AD Lane, MA Linden, T Baynard, RW Motl, B Fernhall. Vascular dysfunction and physical activity in multiple sclerosis. Medicine Science Sports Medicine. 44:238-42, 2012.

Agiovlasitis S, T. Baynard, KH Pitetti, B Fernhall. Heart rate complexity in response to upright tilt in persons with Down syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 32:2102-7, 2011.

Goulopoulou S., T. Baynard, RM Franklin, B Fernhall, R Carhart, Jr., RS Weinstock, JA Kanaley. Exercise training improves cardiovascular autonomic responses to metabolic stress in obese adults with and without type 2 diabetes. Metabolism. 59:901-10, 2010.

Current Grants and Contracts

Chancellor’s Discovery Fund
Sex specific differences in ventricular-arterial coupling during hyperglycemia in heart failure
Role: PI (Co-I—Samuel C. Dudley, MD)

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Exercise, Subclincial Atherosclerosis, and Mobility in Multiple Sclerosis
Role: Co-I (PI: Bo Fernhall, PhD)

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Project METS in MS—Multimodal exercise training stimulus in multiple sclerosis
Role: Site PI (PI: Rob Motll, PhD)

Courses Taught

KN152 An Introduction to Exercise Science and Health
KN594 Selected Topics in Kinesiology

Current Activities

Professional Memberships

Grant Reviewer, American Heart Association


PhD in Exercise Sciences, Syracuse University, 2007
MS in Exercise Science/Clinical Exercise Physiology, The George Washington University, 2001
BA in Physical Education/Exercise Science, Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), 1993

Professional Experience

2011-present - Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago
2008-2011 - Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2007-2008 - Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign