Colin Kennedy

 Colin Kennedy
Mentor: Dr. David Criswell
College of Health and Human Performance
"The human body is a magnificent work of art. I have always been fascinated by its intricate design and sheer efficiency at which it performs the necessary functions of life. Research allows me to study this physical machine and illuminate a fraction of its mysteries. I'm honored by the opportunity to advance the knowledge of the human body in the field of applied physiology and kinesiology."


Applied Physiology and Kinesiology


Business Administration

Research Interests

  • Muscular Regeneration
  • Metabolic Control
  • Molecular Signaling

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Dean's List
  • Florida Bright Futures


  • UF Men's Lacrosse


  • Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
  • March of Dimes

Hobbies and Interests

  • Nature
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Books

Research Description

The Effect of Nitrate Supplementation on Functional Recovery from Muscle Injury in Aged Mice
As we age, our muscle's ability to regenerate declines. Muscle regeneration in aged adults is hindered by the impaired activation of satellite cells and elevated inflammation. Increased dietary intake of inorganic nitrates elevates nitric oxide production, and may limit the detrimental effects on aged muscle, thereby spurring muscle recovery and regeneration. This project will test the proposed idea of nitrate supplementation and potentially support a novel strategy to aid physical rehabilitation in older adults.