UMass Boston

Huimin Yan

Exercise & Health Science
Associate Professor
Quinn Administration Floor UL

Areas of Expertise

Cardiometabolic Risk, Health Disparities, Cancer, Exercise Training Intervention, Lab-based Research


PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
MS, Iowa State University
BS, Beijing Sport University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Dr. Yan’s program of research focuses on examining the interaction of diet and exercise on vascular function in health, disease and disability throughout the human lifespan, with a specialization in health disparities (racial differences). Dr. Yan is using (1) a minimally invasive microdialysis technique to examine muscle and adipose tissue microcirculation and (2) non-invasive techniques to assess cardiac function, vascular function and arterial stiffness. Her current pilot research project is to assess microvascular function, sympathetic reactivity, and the effect of exercise training in modulating microvascular function and sympathetic reactivity in obese and hypertensive African Americans and Caucasians, funded by the American Heart Association (AHA). 

American Heart Association Funds Professor’s Study of How Blood Vessels Respond to Exercise Training

THRIVEing and surviving: UMass Boston, Dana Farber team studies how exercise helps Black and Hispanic patients recover from chemo


Dr. Yan is now accepting Ph.D. students for Fall 2023.

Teaching Expertise

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Program Design

Awards and Accomplishments

New Investigator Award, New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2018


  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Physiological Society