Brian Hunt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Applied Health Science, Acting Chair
On Faculty since 2008



Ph.D. Kinesiology, University of Colorado, 1998

M.S. Kinesiology, University of Colorado, 1996

B.S. Biology, University of Northern Colorado, 1985

About Brian Hunt

I received my B.A. in Biology at the University of Northern Colorado. After several years of teaching high school science, I returned to school and earned my M.S. and Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I was then awarded a postdoctoral fellowship through the Division on Ageing at Harvard Medical School. So we gave up summers in the Rocky Mountains for summers on Cape Cod. I then spent 3 years as an Instructor in Medicine at HMS running tutorials on cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine. During this time we adopted our oldest son, Tyrone. I was then appointed an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We then adopted our second son, Moses. In 2008 I was appointed an Associate Professor in Applied Health Science at Wheaton College. So we gave up the Atlantic ocean for the corn fields of the Midwest. When I'm not teaching about human physiology and how exercise can be used as medicine, or performing research on cardiovascular function, I enjoy playing my guitars and worshiping with my family. And, if the need arises and time permits, I also enjoy some woodworking.

Courses Taught

  • AHS 361 - Integrative Human Physiology
  • AHS 281 - Biostatistics
  • AHS 452 - Applied Physiology

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Physiological Society


The Cardiovascular Research Program examines the divine design of the human cardiovascular system. At this time our research is focused on the effects of nutrition and exercise on vascular function.

    Recent Publications

    Thom NF., Early AR., Hunt, BE., Harris RA., Herring MP. Eating and arterial endothelial function: a meta-analysis of the acute effects of meal consumption on flow-mediated dilation. Obesity Rev. 2016. Doi: 1111/obr.12454

    Hunt BE., Flavin DC., Bauschatz E., Whitney HM. The accuracy and robustness of a simple algorithm to measure vessel diameter from B-mode ultrasound images. J Appl. Physiol. June:120(11): 1374-1379, 2016.

    Salacinski AJ., Alford M., Brevets K., Hart S., Hunt BE. Validity and reliability of a glucometer against industry reference standards. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 1(1):95-99, 2014

    Hart S., Drevets K., Alford M., Salacinski A., and Hunt BE. A method-comparison study regarding the validity and reliability of the Lactate Plus analyzer. BMJ Open 2013;3:e001899.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001899

    Hunt, BE. Measurement of arterial function and reactivity in Neuropsychology and cardiovascular disease. Edited by Cohen, RA and Gunstad, J. Oxford University Press, New York, 2010.

    Hunt, BE., Tamisier, R., Gilmartin, GS., Curley,M., Anand, AN., Weiss, JW. Baroreflex responsiveness during ventilatory acclimatization in humans. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 295: H1794-1801, 2008. (PDF)

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