Primary Investigators

Trisha VanDusseldorp, Ph.D.

Dr. VanDusseldorp is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Kennesaw State University (KSU). She earned her BS in Exercise Science from Southwest Minnesota State; MS in Human Performance—Applied Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse; and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. VanDusseldorp’s research focuses on the cellular and molecular responses to supplementation and nutritional interventions and examines corresponding changes in muscular strength, power, and body composition. She is a Certified Sports Nutritionist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and currently serves as the President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).

Dr. VanDusseldorp has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including two sports nutrition position stands, and authored three book chapters in the areas of sports nutrition and exercise science. Dr. VanDusseldorp also will serve as the Senior Faculty Advisor for this study.


Mr. Uken is currently a KSU graduate student pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Exercise and Health Science. He also serves as a member of the KSU Coles College of Business Advisory Board. Mr. Uken is the founder and CEO of two health and fitness entities, Vitalyon LLC and its not-for-profit counterpart, The Vitalyon Foundation. He earned his BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College and holds several professional designations in the fields of strength and conditioning and personal training (CSCS, TSAC-F, NSCA-CPT, FMS) and nutrition (CISSN, Pn2).

Before commencing his graduate studies at KSU, Mr. Uken enjoyed a 30-year career in the professional services industry, serving the last twenty years as a senior Partner with the global accounting and consultancy firm Ernst & Young LLP.