301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1124
Muscle Biology, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Sarcopenia, Amino Acid and Protein Metabolism
Blake Rasmussen, PhD, is a Professor & Chair in the Department of Nutrition & Metabolism in the School of Health Professions (SHP) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Dr. Rasmussen is also the Lloyd and Sue Ann Hill Professor of Healthy Aging, the Interim Associate Dean for Research of SHP, the Director for the UTMB Center for Recovery, Physical Activity & Nutrition (CeRPAN), and a senior fellow of the Sealy Center on Aging.
Dr. Rasmussen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University in 1992, a Master of Science in Exercise Science from Utah State University in 1993, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Zoology and Cell Biology from Brigham Young University in 1997.
Grants & Funding
- Grant# U01 AR07115012/07/2016 - 11/30/2022
- Title: University of Texas Adult Clinical Center (MoTrPAC)
- Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIAMS
- Objective: The major goals of this center grant are to recruit 450 participants into exercise training clinical trials as part of the NIH Common Fund Initiative to develop a molecular map of how physical activity alters the human body. Our role will be to serve as one of 6 adult clinical centers responsible for recruiting 3,000 participants nationwide to enroll in aerobic and resistance exercise training clinical trials and to obtain blood, muscle and adipose samples before and after both acute and chronic exercise.
- Role: Principal Investigator with Dr. Nicolas Musi (UT Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
- Grant# MEJ00110/01/2017 - 03/31/2019
- Title: Effect of Whey Protein Hydrolysate on Human Muscle Protein Synthesis
- Source: Meiji Co., Ltd
- Objective: The primary goal of this industry funded project is to determine if a specific combination of whey protein or hydrolysate can activate mTORC1 and muscle protein synthesis in humans.
- Role: Principal investigator
- Grant# P30 AG02483206/01/2010 - 04/30/2020
- Title: Metabolism & Biology Resource Core (MB-RC2), UTMB Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
- Source: National Institute on Aging, NIA
- Objective: The major goals of this center grant are to support basic and clinical research on ways for elderly Americans to lead a more independent life for as long as possible. The center is focused on translating basic findings of muscle biology in aging to improve functional outcomes and recovery from illness in older adults.
- Role: Metabolism & Biology Resource Core Leader
- Brightwell, C.R., M.M. Markofski, T. Moro, C.S. Fry, C. Porter, E. Volpi, and B.B. Rasmussen. Moderate Intensity Aerobic Exercise Improves Skeletal Muscle Quality in Older Adults. Translational Sports Medicine, In Press, 2019
- Graber, T.G., C.S. Fry, C.R. Brightwell, T. Moro, R. Maroto, N. Bhattari, C. Porter, M. Wakamiya, and B.B. Rasmussen. Skeletal muscle specific knockout of DEP domain-containing 5 increases mTORC1 signaling, muscle cell hypertrophy, and mitochondrial respiration. Journal of Biological Chemistry, In Press, 2019.
- Lavin, K.L., B.M. Roberts, C.S. Fry, T. Moro, B.B. Rasmussen, and M.M. Bamman. The importance of resistance exercise training to combat neuromuscular aging. Physiology (Bethesda), In Press, 2019.
- Markofski, M.M., K. Jennings, K.L. Timmerman, J.M. Dickinson, C.S. Fry, M.S. Borack, P.T. Reidy, R.R. Deer, A. Randolph, B.B. Rasmussen, and E. Volpi. Effect of aerobic exercise training and essential amino acid supplementation for 24 weeks on physical function and muscle metabolism in healthy, independent older adults: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, In Press, 2019.
- Moro, T., C.R. Brightwell, R.R. Deer, T.G. Graber, E. Galvan, C.S. Fry, E. Volpi, and B.B. Rasmussen. Muscle protein anabolic resistance to essential amino acids does not occur in healthy older adults before or after resistance exercise training. Journal of Nutrition 148(6): 900-909, 2018.
Note: A complete list of all publications can be found on the abbreviated CV.