Daniela Rubin, PhD Daniela Rubin PhD

Associate Professor

Location: KHS 138 
Telephone: (657) 278-4704
Fax: (657) 278-5317
Email:  drubin@fullerton.edu
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Laboratories that I direct or co-direct: Dual x-ray absorptiometry (KHS-004C), Biochemical Analyses (KHS-04B), Exercise Physiology (KHS-016), Fitness Assessment (KHS-004), Irvine Center Kinesiology Laboratory (IRVC-106)

Course(s) Taught: Physiology of Exercise (KNES 348), Physiology of Exercise Laboratory (KNES 348 L), Nutrition for Sports and Exercise (KNES 470), Advance Study of Exercise Physiology (KNES 551), Cardiovascular Exercise Testing and Prescription (KNES 354), Internship (KNES 495/550), Independent Study (KNES 499/599), Thesis or project (KNES 598)


My interest in the topic of exercise endocrinology, inflammation and obesity led to several projects comparing   hormonal,   metabolic, and   inflammatory responses   to exercise in   lean   and   obese adults   and children, including   youth with Prader-Willi Syndrome   (PWS). Prader-Willi syndrome is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder which hallmark is the lack of satiety, and is the best characterized form of congenital obesity. As I became more involved in understanding the challenges faced by people with PWS, I collaborated with colleagues to   examine exercise aspects in this syndrome   from a multidimensional perspective. We characterized   physical activity patters using accelerometry, examined motor aspects in terms of sensory reception and integration and   motor proficiency,   cardiorespiratory responses to exercise,   energy expenditure,   body composition and phenotype. We also developed and tested the effect of a 48 weeks physical activity intervention in 116 children with and without PWS (Active Play at Home©,   FunDoRoo©).   Using a game-based approach we involved parents to do activity with their children and showed improvements in   child motor proficiency,   health-related   quality of life and   inflammatory and metabolic factors. My last intervention study involved children ages 4-7 doing physical activity with their parents. In my last collaboration we identified neuromuscular impairment affecting the rate of force development and sensorial reception and integration deficits affecting balance in adults with PWS. My interest in nutritional practices in female athletes has led to an on-going project on the topic of nutrition and the menstrual cycle.

Interest Area: Exercise Physiology, Pediatric Exercise Science, Endocrinology and Exercise Metabolism, Obesity, Prader-Willi syndrome, Physical Activity Promotion in Children and Adolescents, Body Composition, Nutrition in Female Athletes