Laura  Stewart 
Associate Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): Exercise Science, Colorado State University, 1998. Biology, University of Mary Washington, 1996.
Master's Degree: Health Promotion, Purdue University, 2000.
PhD: Interdisciplinary Program in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, Purdue University, 2005.
Other Degrees: Postdoctoral Fellow, Experimental Obesity and Botanicals, 2007.
Phone: 225-578-3549
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Fax: 225-578-3680
Office: 135 Huey P. Long Field House


Dr. Stewart is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology in the exercise science specialization. She holds an adjunct appointment at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  Dr. Stewart’s research is centered on the influence of exercise and natural dietary interventions on inflammation.  She teaches graduate level courses in sport nutrition, exercise physiology and health and disease as well as undergraduate courses in exercise physiology and the physiology of endurance training.

Selected Publications

Henagan T, Phillips MD, Cheek D, Kirk M, Barbee J, Stewart LK.  The Melanocortin 3 Receptor: A Novel Mediator of Exercise-Induced Inflammation.  (2011). Journal of Aging Research 2011:  1-7.  


Hasek B, Stewart LK, Henagan TM, Boudreau A, Black C, Shin J, Huypens P, Malloy V, Krajcik R, Orentreich N, and Gettys T. Dietary methionine restriction enhances metabolic flexibility and increases uncoupled respiration in both fed and fasted states. (2010).  American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 299(3):  R728-R739.


Curry JR, Fazio-Griffith L, Carson RL, Stewart LK.  Qualitative Findings from an Experientially Designed Exercise Immunology Course: Holistic Wellness Benefits, Self-Efficacy Gains, and Integration of Prior Course Learning. (2010).  International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 4(1) 1-15. 


Phillips MD, Flynn MG, McFarlin BK, Stewart LK, Timmerman KL. Resistance training at eight-repetition maximum reduces the inflammatory milieu in elderly women.  (2010). Med Sci. Sports Exerc.  42(2): 314-25.  


Stewart LK, Earnest CP, Blair SN, Church TS.  Effects of different doses of physical activity on c-reactive protein among women.  (2010). Med. Sci Sports Exerc.  42(4):  701-707.


Stewart LK, Wang Z, Ribnicky D, Soileau JL, Cefalu WT, Gettys TW.  Failure of quercetin to alter the temporal progression of insulin resistance among tissues of C57BL/6J mice during the development of diet-induced obesity.  (2009). Diabetologia. 52(3): 514-23.


Morrison CD, Huypens P, Stewart LK, Gettys TW.  Implications of crosstalk between insulin signaling during the development of diet-induced obesity.  Special Issue:  Diabetes BBA Section.  (2009).  BBA-Molecular Basis of Disease. 1792(5): 409-16.  


Selected Presentations


Henagan, TM, Dietrich M, Rietschier H, Tuuri G and Stewart LK.  Resistance exercise alters monocyte receptor expression. ACSM National Conference, 2011.  


Fuller S, Stewart LK, Nelson A, Acute cortisol response to an acute bout of stretching.  Experimental Biology Conference, 2010.  


Smith JW, Zachwieja JJ, Pascoe DD, Passe D, Ruby BC, Stewart LK.  Evidence of a carbohydrate dose and prolonged exercise performance relationship.  ACSM National Conference, 2010.  


Hengan TM, Lenard N, Gettys TM, Cefalu W, Stewart LK.   Quercetin causes dose-related increases in energy expenditure and PGC1&[alpha] in muscle of C57BL/6J mice.  Experimental Biology Conference, 2010.  


Daray L, Henagan TM, Zanovec M, Tuuri G, Earnest C, and Stewart LK.   An evaluation of endurance and combined endurance and resistance training on fitness and C-reactive protein.  Experimental Biology Conference, 2010.  


Henagan TM, Phillips MD, Stewart LK.  Melanocortin 3 Receptor: A Novel Mediator Of Exercise-induced Inflammation.  ACSM National Conference, 2009.  


MD Phillips, Cheek D, Stewart LK,  Henagan TM.  Resistance Training Decreases C-reactive Protein Without Changing Inflammatory Cytokines Or Body Mass Index.  ACSM National Conference, 2009.  


Winchester JB, AG Nelson, LK Stewart, and MH Stone. Testosterone to cortisol ratio shows strong relationship with adaptation to a strength and power training regimen in American-style collegiate football players. ACSM National Conference, 2009.


Selected Grants/Funded Projects


Stewart LK (PI) Dean’s Fund.  December 2010 – December 2012.  Vitamin D, Body Composition and Performance. ($8,000).   


Stewart LK (PI), LSU-Chandler Fund.  January – June 2010.  Changes in physical activity and dietary habits during endurance training.  ($1,500).  


Stewart LK (PI), LSU-BOR Pfund.  December 2009 - December 2010.  Are Melanocortin Receptors The Key To Understanding the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Exercise?  ($10,000).

Stewart, LK (PI).  Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Botanical Research Center Pilot Study Program.   May  2008 – July 2009.  Phenolic Flavonoids and Metabolic Syndrome:  Mechanisms for Protective Effects of Quercetin. ($33,000).  




Curriculum Vitae