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Tongjian You, FACSM, FTOS

  • Associate Professor, Department of Exercise and Health Sciences
  • Telephone: 617.287.5934
  • Office Location: S-301-54

Areas of Expertise

Metabolic and Physical Dysfunctions Associated with Obesity and Aging, Adaptations to Diet and Exercise


PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Exercise Physiology)
MEd, National Research Institute of Sports Science (Exercise Physiology)
BM, Chengdu Institute of Physical Education (Sports Medicine)

Additional Information

Professional Publications & Contributions
(Selected from a total of 36)
1. Ogawa EF*, You T, Leveille SG. Potential benefits of exergaming for cognition and dual task function in older adults: A systematic review. J Aging Phys Act, 2015. In press.
2. You T, Wang X, Murphy KM, Lyles MF, Demons JL, Yang R, Gong D, Nicklas BJ. Regional adipose tissue hormone/cytokine production before and after weight loss in abdominally obese women. Obesity (Silver Spring) 22:1679-1684, 2014.
3. Disanzo BL*, You T. Effects of chronic exercise on indicators of adipose tissue angiogenesis and hypoxia in obese rats. Metabolism 63: 452-455, 2014.
4. You T, Disanzo BL*, Arsenis NC*. Aerobic exercise training attenuates obesity-related hypogonadism in male rats. Med Sci Sports Exerc 45:1244-1251, 2013.
5. You T, Arsenis NC*, Disanzo BL*, LaMonte MJ. Effects of exercise training on chronic inflammation in obesity: current evidence and potential mechanisms. Sports Med 43:243-256, 2013.
6. You T, Disanzo BL*, Wang X, Yang R, Gong D. Adipose tissue endocannabinoid system gene expression: depot differences and effects of diet and exercise. Lipids Health Dis 10: 194, 2011.
7. You T, Nicklas BJ, Ding J, Penninx BWJH, Goodpaster BH, Bauer DC, Tylavsky FA, Harris TB, Kritchevsky SB. The metabolic syndrome is associated with adipokines in older adults across a wide range of adiposity.  J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 63:414-419, 2008.   
8. You T, L, Murphy KM, Lyles MF, Demons JL, Lenchik L, Nicklas BJ. Addition of exercise training to dietary weight loss preferentially reduces abdominal adipocyte size. Int J Obes 30: 1211-1216, 2006.
9. You T, Yang R, Lyles MF, Gong D, Nicklas BJ. Abdominal adipose tissue cytokine gene expression: relationship to obesity and metabolic risk factors. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 288: E741-E747, 2005.
10. You T, Berman DM, Ryan AS, Nicklas BJ. Effects of hypocaloric diet and exercise training on inflammation and adipocyte lipolysis in obese postmenopausal women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 89: 1739-1746, 2004.
(* Undergraduate/Graduate Students)

Tongjian You completed his postdoctoral training in gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM), and was an instructor of medicine at WFUSM and an assistant professor in exercise and nutrition sciences at SUNY Buffalo. His current research focuses on: 1) the effects of diet and exercise interventions on adipose tissue metabolism and endocrine function in obese individuals; and 2) the effects of mind-body exercise on physical and cognitive functions in older adults.

Teaching Expertise
Exercise Metabolism, Exercise and Aging, Research Methods

Awards and Accomplishments
Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
Fellow, The Obesity Society
Chair, Research Awards Committee, American College of Sports Medicine (2013-2016)