J. Timothy Lightfoot directs the Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A&M University, where his research focuses on the genetics of daily physical activity and exercise endurance. His lab also has a unique interest in the physiological responses of athletes in a variety of non-traditional venues such as auto racing and in musicians. Lightfoot’s research has been featured in numerous general media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Time.com, National Public Radio, and NBC’s Today Show. He began his career as a research consultant at NASA’s Biomedical Laboratory and has been on the faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is currently the Omar Smith Endowed Professor of Kinesiology at Texas A&M.
As the 2017-2018 Pease Family Scholar, J. Timothy Lightfoot presented “Can You Be Born a Couch Potato? The Genetics of Physical Activity” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. His talk was free and open to the public.
- Pease Family Scholar-in-Residence and Scholarship
- Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)