Neil  Johannsen 
Assistant Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): BS in Chemistry, South Dakota State University
PhD: Ph.D. in Health & Human Performance, Iowa State University
Phone: (225)578-5314
Fax: (225)578-3680
Office: 83 Huey P. Long Field House


Neil M. Johannsen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University.  In 1998, he graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.  His graduate training was conducted at Iowa State University where he obtained a Ph.D. within the Department of Health and Human Performance in 2007 with a focus on the Biologic Basis of Exercise, in particular, exercise metabolism and physiologic responses to fluid intake during exercise.  During his time at Iowa State University, he was awarded the Future Faculty Fellowship Award for demonstrating outstanding scholarship and promise for becoming a faculty member in higher education.  From 2007 until 2012, he was at Pennington Biomedical Research Center as a Post-doctoral Researcher and later, an Instructor, in the Department of Preventive Medicine.  His research focus at Pennington was the study of physical activity and exercise training effects on chronic disease and special populations where he played an integral role in more than 10 research studies involving populations ranging from young lean adults to older adults, overweight/obese people, individuals with type 2 diabetes, and women with a history of breast cancer.  Dr. Johannsen remains on the Preventive Medicine team at Pennington as a Adjunct Assistant Professor.

Selected Publications


Nauta MM, Swift DL, Myers VH, Earnest CP, Johannsen NM, Champagne CM, Parker BD, Levy E, Cash KC, and Church TS.  Cancer survival through weight loss and exercise (CASTLE): a pilot study.  Accepted, Int J Behav Med, 3/2012. 


Earnest CP, Lupo M, Thibodaux J, Hollier C, Lejeune E, Johannsen NM, and Church TS.  An examination of improving insulin sensitivity using interval training in patients at risk for pre-diabetes. Accepted, Int J Sports Med, 2/2012. 


Johannsen NM, Swift DL, Earnest CP, Blair SN, and Church TS.  Effect of different doses of aerobic exercise on total white blood cell (WBC) and white blood cell subfractions.  PLoS One, 2012 Feb 17, [Epub].  


Swift DL, Johannsen NM, Earnest CP, Blair SN, and Church TS.  Effect of exercise training modality on C-reactive protein in type 2 diabetes.  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011 Dec 12. [Epub].  


Swift DL, Johannsen NM, Earnest CP, Blair SN, and Church TS.  The effect of different doses of aerobic exercise on total bilirubin levels.  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011 Sept 3. [Epub].  


Galgani JE, Johannsen NM, Bajpeyi S, Costford SR, Zhang Z, Gupta AK, and Ravussin E.  Role of skeletal muscle mitochondrial density on exercise-stimulated lipid oxidation. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Jun 16 [Epub].


Johannsen NW, Priest EL, Dixit VD, Earnest CP, Blair SN, and TS Church.  Association of white blood cell subfraction concentration with fitness and fatness.  Br. J. Sports Med. 2010, Jun; 44(8): 588-93.  


Church TS, Blair SN, Cocreham S, Johannsen N, Johnson W, Kramer K, Mikus CR, Myers V, Nauta M, Rodarte RQ, Sparks L, Thompson A, and Earnest CP.  Effects of aerobic and resistance training on hemoglobin A1c levels in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized trial.  JAMA 2010; 304(20):2253-2262.  


Johannsen NM, Lind E, King DS, and Sharp RL.  Effect of pre-exercise electrolyte ingestion on fluid balance in men and women. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc, 2009; 41(11): 2017-2025. 


Church TS, Thompson AM, Katzmarzyk PT, Sui X, Johannsen N, Earnest CP, and Blair SN.  Metabolic syndrome and diabetes, alone and in combination as predictors of cardiovascular disease mortality among men. Diabetes Care 2009; 32(7):1289-1294.  


Johannsen NM, and Sharp RL.  Effect of preexercise ingestion of modified cornstarch on substrate oxidation during endurance exercise.  Int. J. Sport Nutr. Exerc. Metab. 2007; 17: 232-243.  


Johannsen DL, Johannsen NM, and Specker BL.  Influence of parents’ eating behaviors and child feeding practices on childrens’ weight status.  Obesity 2006; 14(3):431-9.  


Johannsen N, Binkley T, Englert V, Neiderauer G, and Specker B.  Bone Response to jumping is site-specific in children:  a randomized trial.  Bone 2003; 33(4):533-9.  


Finn K, Johannsen N, and Specker B.  Factors associated with physical activity in preschool children.  J Pediatr 2002; 140(1):81-5.   


Specker BL, Johannsen N, Binkley T, and Finn K.  Total body bone mineral content and  tibial cortical bone measures in preschool children.  J Bone Miner Res 2001; 16(12):2298-305.