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Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences

Office location

2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Office hours

Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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Catherine Saenz

Areas of Specialization

Exercise Metabolism, Macronutrient Manipulation, Sport Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Gut Microbiome, Exercise Genomics


  • Ph.D, Exercise Science & Nutrition, The Ohio State University
  • M.A., Exercise Science, University of Connecticut
  • B.S., Kinesiology, University of Maryland
  • Dietetic Internship, Iowa State University

Professional Information

Dr. Catherine Saenz joins Jacksonville University as an Assistant Professor for the 2018 Fall semester after completing a postdoctorate fellowship with the Cleveland Indians in Nutrition and Sport Science. She specializes in exercise metabolism and physiology. Her main areas of study include the mechanisms and applications of ketogenic diets and bridging the gap between exercise science and sport nutrition. Her research interests extend into how diet manipulation and exercise may affect human genomics and gut microbial communities. She is keen on how to best translate this information to the applied setting for optimizing health, wellness, and performance. Dr. Saenz is especially passionate about sharing how exercise and nutrition can support each of these areas with the classroom, athletics, community, and minority/Spanish-speaking populations.