2014-2015: Michael Joyner

Michael Joyner was named the 2014-2015 Pease Family Scholar by the Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology. Joyner is a physician-researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and one of the world’s leading experts on human performance and exercise physiology.


Joyner received his bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science and his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Arizona. He completed his residency and research training at Mayo Clinic, where he continues to practice anesthesiology.

As the current Frank R. and Shari Caywood Professor of Anesthesiology and director of the Integrative Physiology Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, Joyner has made major contributions to understanding muscle and skin blood flow, blood pressure regulation, the body’s adaptations to physical stresses, and human athletic performance. He has also provided significant educational opportunities for students and trainees, many of whom have established independent research programs at leading institutions throughout the world.

Additionally, Joyner has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NASA and has held leadership positions with prestigious scientific journals. His ideas about human performance are widely quoted in both the popular media and scientific publications


As the 2014-2015 Pease Family Scholar, Joyner presented “Physical inactivity: Should we consider it a disease?” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His talk was free and open to the public.