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Christian E. Behrens Jr., MS. RD. CSCS

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Nutrition Sciences
Pre-doctoral Fellow
UAB Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
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Christian is originally from Miami, Florida. He attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, earning his B.S. in Nutrition and Foods, and Exercise Science as well as his M.S. in Dietetics. Christian’s research interests include oxidative metabolism, the formation of reactive oxygen species and the role nutrition may play in attenuating possible negative effects. Christian is also interested in dietary nitrate supplementation and the potential effects this may have on cardiometabolic health outcomes. Additionally, Christian works with UAB’s Athletic Department as a Sports Dietitian, assisting UAB’s athletes with attaining maximum performance and body composition for their respective sport.


  1. Christian Behrens, Jose Fernandez, Doug Moellering, Khandaker Ahmed, Rakesh Patel, Gordon Fisher, Examination of the Independent Effects of Beetroot Juice on Exercise Capacity and Cardiometabolic Health in Individuals with Obesity. In preparation
  2. Ashley Delk Licata1, Christian Behrens1, Jose Fernandez1, Brenda Bertrand1, Paula Chandley-Laney1, Dan Benardot3, Eric Plaisance1,2 Timed Protein Intervention Should Consider Energy Balance to Have an Impact on Body Composition in a Collegiate Football Team. In preparation
  3. Christian Behrens1, Ashley Delk Licata1, Dan Benardot3, Brenda Bertrand1, Paula Chandley-Laney1, Eric Plaisance1,2, Jose Fernandez1The Relationship Between Hourly Energy Balance and Fat Mass in Female Collegiate Soccer Players. Journal of Human Sport & Exercise – Accepted 7/4/2019
  4. Ashley Delk Licata1, Christian Behrens1, Jose Fernandez1, Brenda Bertrand1, Paula Chandley-Laney1, Dan Benardot3, Eric Plaisance1,2 The Association Between Dietary Protein Intake Frequency, Amount, and State of Energy Balance on Body Composition in a Women’s Collegiate Soccer Team. International Journal of Sports and Exercise MedicineAccepted 2/15/2019
  5. Gordon Fisher1, Barbara A. Gower2, Samuel T. Windham3, Christian Behrens2, Gary R. Hunter1,2 Effects of 12-Weeks of Aerobic Exercise Training and the Acute Effects of Exercise Intensity on Insulin Sensitivity Measured Under Energy Balance Condition in Women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. – Accepted 12/10/2018
  6. Christopher Demczar1, Christian Behrens2, Lindsay Baltz2, Vincent Georgescu1, Daniel Arminavage1, Jason C. Brown1, Devin Fussell1, T. Cate Trate3, Steve R. McAnulty1, Lisa S. McAnulty2, Edward K. Merritt1 Six weeks of daily blueberry consumptions does not alter aged skeletal muscle inflammation profile or inflammatory response. Journal of Aging: Research and Clinical Practice. – Accepted 11/23/2017
  7. Georgescu, Vincent; de Souza Junior, Tacito; Behrens, Christian; Barros, Marcelo P; Alves Bueno, Carlos; Utter, Alan C.; McAnulty, Lisa S.; McAnulty, Steven R. Effect of exercise-induced dehydration on circulatory markers of oxidative damage and antioxidant capacity. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism – Accepted 2/1/2017

Years: 2017 - present
Mentor(s): Jose Fernandez, PhD, Gordon Fisher, PhD, and Brenda Bertrand, PhD

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32HL105349 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or the National Institutes of Health.