Jeff Forsse, Ph.D.

Jeff Forsse, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Research Labs, HHPR
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Clinical Assistant Professor

Director of Research Labs, HHPR

Specialty/Interest Area

In a broad sense, my research is concerned with the effects of exercise and nutritional interventions on attenuating and improving cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. More specifically, the impact of nutrition, aerobic, and resistance exercises on inflammatory cytokines and various metabolic pathways that influence the vascular endothelium and its influence on renal health and filtration. It is well established that vascular inflammation and oxidative stress are major contributors to endothelial dysfunction owing to attenuated endothelial nitric oxide production and reduced nitric oxide bioavailability. Endothelial dysfunction has been linked to chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and numerous other diseases. The primary focus of my research is on the maintenance and prevention of renal decline in various diseased and healthy populations.

Current Courses Taught

HP 4450 Exercise Testing and Interpretation I

HP 4471 Exercise Testing and Interpretation I

HP 2306 Anatomical Kinesiology

HP 1421 Human Physiology

HP 1420 Human Anatomy

Select Publications
  1. Jeffrey S. Forsse*, Zacharias Papadakis, Matthew N. Peterson J. Kyle Taylor, Nicholas Schwedock, Burritt W. Hess, Jackson O. Griggs, D. Crawford Allison, Ronald L. Wilson, and Peter W. Grandjean. The Influence of an Acute Bout of Aerobic Exercise on Vascular Endothelial Function in Mid-Spectrum CKD. Life, 2022 DOI.org/10.3390/life12010091
  2. Jeffrey Forsse*, David Buckley, Ahmed Ismaeel, Kathleen Adair, Autumn Oliver, and Panagiotis Koutakis. The Effect of Moderate-Intensity Aerobic Exercise on Novel and Traditional Biomarkers of Renal Health and Function in a Wide-Spectrum of Healthy Individuals. Biology, 2022 DOI.org/10.3390/biology11040527
  3. Zacharias Papadakis, Peter W. Grandjean, and Jeffrey S. Forsse. Effects of Acute Exercise on Cardiac Autonomic Response and Recovery in Non-Dialysis Chronic Kidney Disease Patients. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2022 DOI:10.1080/02701367.2022.2057401
  4. Jeffery L. Heileson, Jared McGowen, Jose Seiba-Moris, Tomas Chapman-Lopez, Ricardo Torres, LesLee K. Funderburk, and Jeffrey S. Forsse. Body Composition, Eicosapentaenoic acid, and Vitamin D are Associated with Army Combat Fitness Test Performance. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2022 DOI.org/10.3390/ijerph19095758
  5. Jeffrey Heileson, Zacharias Papadakis, Ricardo Torres, Kathleen Adair, Ahmed Ismaeel, LesLee Funderburk, Andrew Gallucci, Panagiotis Koutakis, and Jeffrey S. Forsse*. Can Total Body Composition be Used as a Predictor of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in the Absence of Cardiometabolic Diseases? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2022 DOI.10.3390/ijerph19095758
  6. Riccardo Torres, Kathleen A. Richardson, Catherine Lowry, Cassidy Beeson, Ahmed Ismaeel, Panagiotis Koutakis, and Jeffrey S. Forsse*. The Influence of an Acute Bout of HIIE on HRV Indices and Stress Index in the Absence of Cardiometabolic Diseases. Research Directs in Health Sciences, 2022 DOI:10.53520/rdhs2022.10430
  7. Jeffrey Forsse*, David Buckley, Ahmed Ismaeel, Kathleen Adair, Ricardo Torres, Catherine Lowry, Anurag Dhillon, and Panagiotis Koutakis. Is Age an Independent Factor in Assessing Renal Health and Function in Healthy Individuals? A Pilot Study. Journal of Nephropathology, 2021 DOI: 10.34172/jnp.2022.17224
  8. Ricardo Torres, Panagiotis Koutakis, and Jeffrey S. Forsse*. The Effects of Different Exercise Modalities and Intensities on Cortisol Production: A Review. Journal of Exercise and Nutrition, 2021 DOI.org/10.53520/jen2021.103108
  9. Kathleen E. Adair, Jeffery L. Heileson, Matthew N. Peterson, Rodney G. Bowden, and Jeffrey S. Forsse*. Dietary Assessment of Males and Females with Mid-Spectrum Chronic Kidney Disease. International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, 2021 DOI.org/10.22230/ijdrp.2021v3n2a255
  10. Kathleen E. Adair, Kelly R. Ylitalo, Jeffrey S. Forsse, LesLee K. Funderburk, and Rodney G. Bowden, Ph.D. Metabolic Constellations, Clusters, and Renal Function: Findings from the 2013-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Journal of Life, 2021 DOI.org/10.3390/life11090888

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jeffrey-Forsse

Education & Training
  • Ph.D.  Kinesiology/Exercise/Nutrition/Health Promotion, Baylor University, TX, 2018
  • M.S.    Exercise Science, University of Louisiana Monroe, LA, 2011
  • B.S.     Exercise Science, University of Louisiana Monroe, LA, 2009
Certification & Licensure
  • American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Excise Physiologist (EP)
  • American Heart Association – Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Certified Dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) Operator
Contact Information

Baylor University
College of Health & Human Sciences, HHPR
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, Texas 76798-7313

Office: Rena Marrs McLean Gymnasium 110.09
Phone: 254-710-3900
Fax: 254-710-3527
Email: Jeff_Forsse@baylor.edu