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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
School of Education

Dr. Joshua S. Wooten

Associate Professor


Post Doctorate, 2011, Baylor College of Medicine
PhD, 2008, Texas Woman’s University        
MS, 2000, University of Houston
BS, 1997, University of Houston

Exercise, Nutrition, Lipid metabolism, Metabolic disease and Obesity


Vadalabene Center 2611

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About Dr. Wooten

Dr. Joshua Wooten is a Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator for Specializations in Exercise Physiology in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. He obtained his Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology from Texas Woman's University and completed his postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine in the Division of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine. His doctoral and postdoctoral training focused on the cellular and molecular aspects of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism in obesity and atherosclerosis. Dr. Wooten presently teaches courses in Advanced Exercise Physiology, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology, and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Research Profile

Dr. Wooten's research is focused on determining the link between obesity-induced lipotoxicity and the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatic inflammation.  His current research focus is to determine the impact of diet (e.g., omega-3 fatty acids and high-fructose) and exercise on glucose and lipid metabolism and inflammatory processes in the liver during obesity, weight loss, and weight regain. Dr. Wooten has published and presented his research both nationally and internationally, and is a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Physiological Society.


Johns, M., Fyalka, R., Shea, J.A., Neumann, W.L., Rausaria, S., Msengi, E.N. Imani-Nejad, M., Zollars, H., McPherson, T., Schober, J., Wooten, J.S., & Kwon, G. (2015). SR-135, a peroxynitrite decomposition catalyst, enhances beta-cell function and survival in B6D2F1 mice fed a high fat diet. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 577-578, 49-59.

Gapin, J., Labban, J., Bohall, S.C., Wooten, J.S., & Chang, Y.C. (2015). Acute exercise is associated with specific executive functions in college students with ADHD: A preliminary Study. Journal of Sport and Health Sciences, 4, 89-96.

Wooten, J.S., Wu, H., Raya, J., Mansoori, A., Perrard, X.D., Perrard, J., & Hoogeveen, R.C. (2014). The influence of an obesity-induced diet on oxysterol metabolism in C57BL/6J mice. Cholesterol: 843468.

Herrick, J.E., Kirk, E.P.  Holly, M.R., Smith, B.S., & Wooten, J.S. (2014). Diastolic blood pressure is predictive of an elevated ventilator efficiency slope in at-risk middle-aged obese adults that are asymptomatic for cardiovascular disease. Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research, 5(1), 7-14.

Wooten, J.S., Gillard, B.K., Nambi, P., Pownall, H.J., Scott, L.W., Ballantyne, C.M., Smith, E.O., Nambi, V., Coraza, I., & Balasubramanyam, A. (2013). Intensive lifestyle modification reduces Lp-PLA2 in dyslipidemic HIV/HAART patients. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(6), 1043-1050.

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