Faculty & Staff

photo of Tongjian  You

Tongjian You, FACSM, FTOS

  • Associate Professor, Department of Exercise and Health Sciences
  • Telephone: 617.287.5934
  • Office Location: S-301-19

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 31)
1. 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), 2014. In press.
2. Disanzo BL*, You T. Effects of chronic exercise on indicators of adipose tissue angiogenesis and hypoxia in obese rats. Metabolism 63: 452-455, 2014.
3. You T, Disanzo BL*, Arsenis NC*. Aerobic exercise training attenuates obesity-related hypogonadism in male rats. Med Sci Sports Exerc 45:1244-1251, 2013.
4. 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.
5. You T, Wang X, Yang R, Lyles MF, Gong D, Nicklas BJ. Effect of exercise training intensity on adipose tissue hormone sensitive lipase gene expression in obese women under weight loss. J Sport Health Sci 1: 184-190, 2012.
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. Wang X, You T, Lenchik L, Nicklas BJ. Resting energy expenditure changes with weight loss: racial differences. Obesity (Silver Spring) 18: 86-91, 2010.
8. Nicklas BJ, Wang X, You T, Lyles MF, Demons J, Easter L, Berry MJ, Lenchik L, Carr JJ. Effect of exercise intensity on abdominal fat loss during calorie restriction in overweight and obese postmenopausal women: a randomized, controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr 89: 1043-1052, 2009.
9. 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.   
10. Wang X, Lyles MF, You T, Berry MJ, Rejeski WJ, Nicklas BJ. Weight regain is related to decreases in physical activity during weight loss. Med Sci Sports Exerc 40:1781-1788, 2008.
11. You T, Sonntag WE, Leng X, Carter CS. Lifelong caloric restriction and interleukin-6 secretion from adipose tissue: effects on physical performance decline in aged rats. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 62:1082-1087, 2007.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. You T, Ryan AS, Nicklas BJ. The metabolic syndrome in obese postmenopausal women: relationship to body composition, visceral fat and inflammation. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 89:  5517-5522, 2004.
15. 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 Student)

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
  2. the effects of mind-body exercise on physical and cognitive functions in older adults.

Profesor You has published more than 30 peer-reviewed research papers. His research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (R21 AG043883).

Teaching Expertise
Metabolic Response to Exercise, 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)