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Jared Dickinson

Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion


 (602) 827-2269


  • Postdoc - University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. Muscle Biology/Rehabilitation Sciences
  • PhD - Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Human Bioenergetics
  • MS - Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. Exercise Physiology
  • BS - Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR. Exercise Science

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on understanding the mechanisms that contribute to the loss of muscle size and function with aging (i.e., sarcopenia) and how exercise and nutrition can be utilized to improve muscle health in older adults and clinical populations. My research incorporates the use of exercise and functional testing in combination with several laboratory-based techniques. In particular, I examine key regulatory mechanisms in human skeletal muscle (i.e., gene expression, cell signaling, protein metabolism) and how these regulatory mechanisms are altered in response to aging, exercise, nutrition, and inactivity. The goals of these studies are to facilitate the development of evidence-based exercise and nutritional strategies that can effectively preserve muscle health in older adults and accelerate functional recovery in at-risk clinical populations.

Research Publications

  • Dickinson, J.M., and B.B. Rasmussen.  Amino acid transporters in the regulation of human skeletal muscle protein metabolism. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, 16:638-644, 2013. (PMCID: In Process)
  • Dickinson, J.M., E. Volpi, and B.B. Rasmussen.  Exercise and nutrition to target protein synthesis impairments in aging skeletal muscle. Exercise and Sports Science Reviews, 41:216-223, 2013.  (PMCID: In Process)
  • Drummond, M.J., K.L. Timmerman, M.M. Markofski, D.K. Walker, J.M. Dickinson, M. Jamaluddin, A.R. Brasier, B.B. Rasmussen, and E. Volpi.  Short-term bed rest increases TLR4 and IL-6 expression in skeletal muscle of older adults. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory Integrative & Comparative Physiology, 305:R216-223, 2013.  (PMCID: In Process)
  • Reidy, P.T., D.K. Walker, J.M. Dickinson, D.M. Gundermann, M.J. Drummond, K.L. Timmerman, C.S. Fry, M.S. Borack, M.S. Cope, R. Mukherjea, K. Jennings, E. Volpi, and B.B. Rasmussen.  Protein blend ingestion following resistance exercise promotes human muscle protein synthesis.  Journal of Nutrition, 143:410-6, 2013. (PMCID: PMC3738242)
  • Fry C.S., M.J. Drummond, E.L. Glynn, J.M. Dickinson, D.M. Gundermann, K.L. Timmerman, D.K. Walker, E. Volpi, and B.B. Rasmussen. Skeletal muscle autophagy and protein breakdown following resistance exercise are similar in younger and older adults. Journals of Gerontology: Medial Sciences, 68:599-607, 2013. (PMCID: PMC3623482)
  • Dickinson, J.M., M.J. Drummond, J.R. Coben, E. Volpi, and B.B. Rasmussen.  Aging differentially affects human skeletal muscle amino acid transporter expression when essential amino acids are ingested after exercise.  Clinical Nutrition, 32:273-80, 2013. (PMCID: PMC3517689)
  • Dickinson, J.M., M.J. Drummond, C.S Fry, D.M. Gundermann, D.K. Walker, K.L. Timmerman, E. Volpi, and B.B. Rasmussen.  Rapamycin does not affect post-absorptive protein metabolism in human skeletal muscle.  Metabolism, 62:144-151, 2013. (PMCID: PMC3680880)

Research Activity

  • Dickinson,Jared M*. Whey protein and exercise to accelerate recovery of muscle mass and function after acute hospitalization in previously independent older adults. UTMB(10/1/2013 - 12/31/2016).