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Kevin Gries, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Exercise and Sports Science
(317) 955-6099
University Hall, 02B

Kevin Gries


Kevin Gries, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Exercise and Sport Science. He earned a B.S. in Exercise Physiology at Concordia University of Wisconsin while also competing in cross country and track and field. Upon graduating, Kevin began working as an exercise physiologist in a Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic. He then earned a M.S. in Human Performance at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse while serving as a graduate assistant track and cross-country coach where he assisted the team to three National Championships, one runner-up, and several top-20 performances. He also served as a teaching assistant in Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise Physiology. After graduation, Kevin then earned his Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics at Ball State University where his research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and NASA. His focus was on cardiovascular and skeletal muscle health with lifelong exercise. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship investigating the effects of exercise and aging on muscle physiology and metabolism at the Mayo Clinic.


  • B.S. in Exercise Physiology, Concordia University of Wisconsin
  • M.S. in Human Performance, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics, Ball State University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mayo Clinic

Professional Affiliations

American College of Sports Medicine and American Physiological Society


Kevin’s research focus is investigating the effects of exercise on skeletal muscle metabolism and function to improve the health of others. Specifically, he is interested in the effects of different exercise training paradigms on muscle fiber size and metabolism in a fiber-type specific manner in young/old and men/women. Kevin is also involved in research investigations associated with bone and muscle crosstalk with the Bone and Muscle Research Group (BMRG) at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His work has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, and Runner’s World.


  • ESS-445
  • ESS-336
  • ESS-435
  • ESS-352L
  • ESS-375
  • ESS-498


  • 2019-2020 NIH T32 Training Grant Recipient
  • 2019 Distinguished Dissertation Award at Ball State University
  • 2019 Keystone Symposium Scholarship – New Insights into the Biology of Exercise

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