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Faculty Profile - Brian Hunt

Brian Hunt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Applied Health Science, Chair

On Faculty since 2008
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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 cornfields 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.

University of Colorado
Ph.D., Kinesiology, 1998

University of Colorado
M.S., Kinesiology, 1996

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

  • Physical Activity in Lower-limb Amputees
  • Kinesiology
  • Divinity and the Human Body
  • Human Cardiovascular System
  • Religious Perspectives on Health & Wellness
  • Theology and Health
  • AHS 361 - Integrative Human Physiology
  • AHS 281 - Biostatistics
  • AHS 452 - Applied Physiology

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.

Current Projects

  • Predicting Medicaid Functional Class Level in Lower-Limb Amputees
  • Evaluating heart rate as an indicator of exertion level in lower-limb amputees

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

The accuracy and robustness of a simple algorithm to measure vessel diameter from B-mode ultrasound images, Journal of Applied Physiology
Hunt BE., Flavin DC., Bauschatz E., Whitney HM., 2016

Validity and reliability of a glucometer against industry reference standards, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Salacinski AJ., Alford M., Brevets K., Hart S., Hunt BE., 2014

A method-comparison study regarding the validity and reliability of the Lactate Plus analyzer, BMJ Open
Hart S., Drevets K., Alford M., Salacinski A., and Hunt BE., 2013