Marian Kohut

Marian KohutMarian Kohut

Associate Professor

Department of Kinesiology

Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award

The Iowa State College of Human Sciences aims to use research to improve the health and well-being of Iowans and people everywhere. Marian Kohut has been perfecting that practice for the last decade.

Kohut's multidisciplinary research into the effects of exercise and aging on the human immune system has earned her national and international recognition. The significance of her work is highlighted by the fact that she was the first to demonstrate the beneficial effects of exercise on vaccine responses in older adults. In addition, she is currently serving as a co-investigator on a Botanical Center Grant aimed at determining the impact of herbal extracts on influenza. The integrative nature of her work is evidenced by her collaborations with immunologists, physiologists, nutritionists, virologists and clinicians at Iowa State.

Kohut has published more than 30 papers in outstanding peer-reviewed journals and garnered more than $4 million of funding as a principal investigator. Much of her research funding has come from The National Institutes of Health, a highly selective agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has also engaged in grant-supported collaborative work totaling more than $8 million.

Colleagues consistently remark on the innovation and relevance of her work, with one describing it as "timely and of great public health importance."  Her sterling reputation among the research community seems primed to grow even brighter as she continues to delve deeper into the interactions of exercise, aging and disease.