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Pronouns: he/him

Phone: 765-494-3179


Ward L. Lambert Fieldhouse and Gymnasium; Room 117
800 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Tim Gavin

Professor, Department Head, Department of Health and Kinesiology

Areas of Expertise

  • The effects of exercise and chronic disease (aging, obesity, diabetes) on skeletal muscle and vascular health.

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Health and Kinesiology Research Area(s)

  • Exercise Physiology


Tim’s laboratory team investigates the communication between skeletal muscle and the vasculature with a focus on the benefits of exercise and detrimental influences of chronic conditions (advanced age, obesity, and diabetes). In addition, he has worked with rural communities in Indiana to lower the rate of obesity through greater access to physical activity and healthy nutrition. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the American Heart Association (AHA) . He is an Active Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Tim serves as a mentor in the Purdue University Horizon Program, the Purdue University Insights Program, the ACSM Leadership and Diversity Training Program (LDTP), the ACSM Women to Fellowship Program, and the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) Leadership Institute.


  • B.S., 1985, Indiana University
  • M.S., 1990, Indiana University
  • Ph.D.. 1996, Indiana University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999, University of California, San Diego

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Purdue University, Horizon’s Faculty Mentor Program
  • American College of Sports Medicine, Leadership and Diversity Training Program (LTDP)
  • American College of Sports Medicine, Mentoring Women to Fellowship Program

Current Courses

  • HK 41500 - Exercise As Medicine

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Active Fellow, National Academy of Kinesiology - September 2019
  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine - June 2006

Selected Grants

  • Principal Investigator, Skeletal muscle microvascular dysfunction in obesity. American Heart Association – Innovative Project Award (20IPA35360013). Period: 01/01/2020-12/31/2021. Total: $200,000.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Academy of Kinesiology
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Heart Association