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Christian E. Behrens Jr.

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. 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. In Preparation
  2. Ashley Delk Licata1, Christian Behrens1, Jose Fernandez1, Eric Plaisance1,2, Brenda Bertrand1, Paula Chandley-Laney1, Dan Benardot3 Dietary Protein Frequency and Body Composition in Female Soccer Players. In Preparation
  3. Christian Behrens1, Ashley Delk Licata1, Jose Fernandez1, Eric Plaisance1,2, Brenda Bertrand1, Paula Chandley-Laney1, Dan Benardot3 Energy Balance and Body Composition in Female Soccer Athletes. In Preparation
  4. 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
  5. 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.