David C. Nieman, DrPH, FACSM

Dr. David Nieman is a professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University, and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC. Nieman is a pioneer in the research area of exercise and nutrition immunology, and helped establish that

1) regular moderate exercise lowers upper respiratory tract infection rates while improving immunosurveillance,

2) heavy exertion increases infection rates while causing transient changes in immune function, and

3) that carbohydrate and flavonoid ingestion by athletes attenuates exercise-induced inflammation.

Nieman’s current work is centered on investigating unique nutritional products as countermeasures to exercise- and obesity-induced immune dysfunction, inflammation, illness and oxidative stress using a multi-omics approach. He has received more than $10.5 million in research grants and published more than 370 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books.

Nieman is the Editor-in-Chief of the Sports Nutrition section of the journal Nutrients, and sits on 10 journal editorial boards including Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Nieman’s Google Scholar h-index is 101, and his publications have been cited more than 37,000 times. He is the author of nine books on health, exercise science and nutrition, including Nutritional Assessment (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2019, now in its 7th edition). Nieman served as vice-president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), president of SEACSM and two terms as president of the International Society of Exercise and Immunology.

Nieman received the “100 Scholars Faculty Research Award” from Appalachian in 1997, the Montoye Scholar Award from the Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine in 2006, the Appalachian College of Fine and Applied Arts researcher of the year award in 2006, The American College of Sports Medicine’s Citation Award in 2013 and represented Appalachian four times as the Oliver Max Gardner nominee (Appalachian’s highest award). He was an acrobatic gymnast and coach for 10 years, and has run 58 marathons (PR 2:37) and ultramarathons. 

Complete CV available here.


Dr. Nieman giving a presentation

Title: Professor, Principal Investigator, App State NCRC Human Performance Laboratory
Department: Department of Biology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (704) 250-5352

Office address
ASU-NCRC Human Performance Laboratory
North Carolina Research Campus
600 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081


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