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Tianou Zhang

Tianou Zhang is Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology within the College of Health, Community and Policy (HCaP) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Tianou’s research interest is sports and exercise nutrition and currently he is the director of the Laboratory of Exercise and Sports Nutrition at UTSA. His primary research focus is to explore the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of phytochemicals (plant extracted compounds) supplementation in sports-related inflammation and inflammatory conditions under chronic diseases, such as atherosclerosis and obesity. Tianou was awarded the 2016-2017 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship at the University of Minnesota for his novel research on dietary antioxidants and exercise. He has published several original research and review articles on nutritional supplementation and exercise, and currently he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN). He is also an Associate Editor of IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) Food Science & Nutrition-Online Reference work. As the principal investigator of three internal grants, he is driven to explore the benefits of dietary bioactive compounds and skeletal muscle health. He was a representative of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee in the College of HCaP, working with his colleagues to develop initiatives and prepare students for a diverse and global world. Now he serves on the Academic Policy & Curriculum Committee in the Department of Kinesiology and Graduate Studies Committee in the College of HCaP, to review and develop curriculum for student success at UTSA.