Exercise Physiology

Paul M. Gordon, Ph.D., MPH

01Paul Gordon

Dr. Paul M. Gordon is professor of health, human performance and recreation and chair of Baylor's HHPR Department. In December 2013, he was named as a top ranked expert in the United States on resistance training by Expertscape, a website that designate experts on specific biomedical topics.

Gordon has been principal investigator or co-investigator on several National Institute of Health (NIH) funded projects including a Nutrition and Obesity Research Center Program grant and a series of multi-center projects as a member of the Genetics and Exercise Research Consortium, which investigates genetic and environmental factors associated with health outcomes.

Gordon's current research focuses on physical activity and lifestyle-based research related to obesity and associated disorders. He is also the co-author of the Textbook of Clinical Exercise Physiology, which was released in its third edition in 2013. One of his most recent research studies on lack of sleep and obesity and other health risks in teenagers was featured in The Journal of Pediatrics.

Dr. Gordon came to Baylor in the fall of 2013 with nearly 20 years of experience in academia and medicine. He most recently served as director of the Laboratory for Physical Activity and Exercise and as associate professor at the University of Michigan's School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Gordon is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Specialist for Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Programs and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

He earned four degrees at the University of Pittsburgh: BA in economics, MS in exercise physiology, MPH in epidemiology, and the Ph.D. in exercise physiology.

To interview Dr. Gordon, contact Tonya Lewis, (254) 710-4656, or the Office of Media Communications at (254) 710-1961.

Darryn Willoughby, Ph.D.

Darryn Willoughby, Ph.D.

Dr. Darryn S. Willoughby is an associate professor of health, human performance and recreation and directs Baylor University's Exercise and Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory. He studies molecular physiology and biochemistry of exercise and nutrition, cellular and molecular physiology of muscle, exercises and sport nutrition, neuromuscular exercise physiology and strength training and sport conditioning.

Willoughby specifically researches the effects of training and nutritional intervention on the physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle strength, hypertrophy and atrophy in athletes. He has published articles on his findings in Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Journal of Medicinal Food.

Willoughby is a certified sport nutritionist, exercise physiologist, nutrition specialist and strength and conditioning specialist. He is a fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, the American Society of Exercise Physiologists and the American College of Sports Medicine. He has been on the Baylor faculty since 2002.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in health and fitness from Tarleton State University in 1986, he earned his master of education degree there in 1989. He earned his doctoral degree in neuromuscular exercise physiology and biochemistry from Texas A&M University in 1993.

To interview Dr. Willoughby, contact Tonya Lewis, (254) 710-4656, or the Office of Media Communications at (254) 710-1961.