Assistant Professor Jessica Knurick joined the Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences department during fall 2015 and teaches undergraduate and graduate programs for Nutrition Sciences.
Knurick’s research focuses on integrating diet and exercise strategies to prevent chronic disease and enhance athletic performance. Her current work investigates how walking after a meal affects postprandial hyperglycemia (rise in blood sugar), shown to be a predictor of cardiovascular disease, in a prediabetic population Ultimately, Knurick wants to identify strategies that bridge the gap between knowledge and action among those susceptible or in the early stages of metabolic disease.
Knurick earned her M.S. in Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in Physical Activity, Nutrition, & Wellness from Arizona State University. She received the 2015 Gail E. Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award from the American College of Sports Medicine, and is a board member for the international Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise & Sport.