Welcome at the Assistant Professorship of Exercise, Nutrition and Health!

Our overarching goal is to understand the interactions between diet and exercise and how we can use this knowledge to improve human health and performance. We are particularly interested in the multiple pathways how exercise affects energy balance, and how acute and chronic under- or overeating impact the regulation of body weight, body composition, metabolism, and musculoskeletal health.


Our team has grown again in 2021 - we are happy to welcome Valentin Nußer and Paulina Wasserfurth at our professorship. [more]

One of our latest publications, "Exercise Shifts Hypothetical Food Choices toward Greater Amounts and More Immediate Consumption", was developed in collaboration with the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (USA) and explores the research question of the relationship between... [more]

On February 9 and 10, the final presentations of the exercise "Nutrition Planning" took place - this year for the first time in a virtual format. The exercise is part of the module "Fundamentals of Nutrition" for the third semester students in the B.Sc. Sports Science program. ... [more]

Since November 2020 Sieglinde Hechenbichler is part of our growing team. Originally, she comes from Brasil and Honduras – following her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at National University of Honduras (UNAH) she worked as a general practitioner at the Honduran Diabetes Center (INADI).... [more]

Together with colleagues from Liverpool John Moores University, Prof. Köhler recently published an invited review in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. The review outlines the strengths and limitations of current knowledge about low energy availability in order to extend... [more]

During the last weeks and months our team has grown - we are happy to welcome Helena Engel and Franziska Saller at our professorship. [more]

Our recent publication in the International Journal of Sports Medicine seeks to parallel and examine differences between the cellular and molecular effects of exercise with those of cold exposure on white and brown adipose tissue. White adipose tissue is the storage form of fat,... [more]

Our recent publication in the European Journal of Applied Physiology examines the response of anabolic hormones, namely Growth Hormone and Insulin-like Growth Factor-1, to a heavy weightlifting session during weight loss. These hormones are important because they help mediate the... [more]

Prof. Köhler was part of a new publication in the journal PLoS ONE led by Dr. Maital Neta from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA). The publication addressed the question whether people who are physically more active are more “positive” – that is, do they interpret situations... [more]

With this paper, we wanted to answer whether normal college women exhibit relationships between eating behavior traits (e.g. dietary restraint, body dissatisfaction, drive for thinness) and health behaviors (e.g. diet and physical activity) frequently seen in eating disorder... [more]