Tracy Baynard

Tracy Baynard

Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Director, Integrative Physiology Laboratory, College of Applied Health Sciences

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1919 W. Taylor St., 527 AHSB

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By appointment


I am a clinical exercise physiologist with over 18 years’ experience working with a variety of patient populations, such as obese individuals with and without type 2 diabetes, individuals with Down syndrome, individuals with multiple sclerosis and heart failure. My overall research program is aimed at understanding how exercise can be utilized to maximize health among populations with chronic conditions. As such, my work has developed to examine the interactions between exercise, cardiovascular function and obesity/diabetes. Individuals with diabetes often have extreme exercise intolerance, which is not well understood to date. My current projects are aimed at understanding how physiologic markers can assist in developing a more personalized exercise prescription that will yield larger benefits.

Selected Grants

American Diabetes Association, Heart Rate Variability-Guided Exercise Training in Type 2 Diabetes, PI

NIH, Pro-Inflammatory Effects of Acute Exercise in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia, Site-PI

Dept. of Defense, Mechanisms of Low Physical Work Capacity, Fatigue, and Reduced Mobility in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis, Co-I

Discoery Partners Institute of Illinois , Development of the Kidney Wellness Institute of Illinois, Co-I

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Leadership in the Profession

Medicine Science Sports & Exercise, Associate Editor

American Physiological Society, Exercise Councilor on the Exercise & Environmental Physiology Section Steering Committee (Secretary & Treasurer)

American Physiological Society, Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee member

Notable Honors

2007 - Michael L. Pollock Scholarship Award, The American College of Sports Medicine

2013 - Fellow, The American College of Sports Medicine

2016 - Fellow, The Obesity Society

2020 - Fellow, The American Heart Association


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