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Phone: 765-494-7113


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800 W Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Daniel Hirai

Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology

Faculty Associate, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University

Areas of Expertise

  • Heart Failure
  • Skeletal Muscle Microcirculation

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Health and Kinesiology Research Area(s)

  • Exercise Physiology


My research focuses on the (dys)regulation of oxygen transport and utilization at the muscle microcirculatory level with an emphasis on exercise tolerance in health and disease. We utilize a translational approach with investigations in pre-clinical rodent models and patients to identify therapeutic targets and improve microvascular and muscle function with rehabilitation and pharmacological/non-pharmacological interventions


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2018, Kansas State University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2015, Queen's University
  • PhD, 2012, Kansas State University
  • MS, 2007, Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL)
  • PT, 2004, Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL)

Current Courses

  • HK468 - Advanced Exercise Physiology II
  • HK590 - Skeletal Muscle Oxygen Transport

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, Dept. of Health and Kinesiology, Purdue University - 2021

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