Daniela Rubin , PhD
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