Marialice Kern

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Professor Marialice Kern is the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology with research interests focused on the exercise effects of diabetic metabolic control, various dietary manipulations on body composition, use of various tools to accurately measure body composition, different types of measuring devices to access the metabolic costs of activity (including wearable teachnology and virtual reality). Over the past 10 years, her research interests have primarily focused on assisting her graduate students to better design their Thesis projects, especially when their studies involve assessing metabolic rate and blood metabolite levels.


  • 1975-1979:      University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
  • 1979-1981:     University of California, Davis, M.A.
  • 1981-1987:     University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.

Select Publications

  • Valentino, T.R., K.J. Stuempfle, M. Kern, M.D.  HoffmanThe Influence of Hydration on Thermoregulation during a 161-km Ultramarathon.  Res. in Sports Med. 24 (3), 197-206, 2016.
  • Kern, M. Exercise and type 1 diabetes. ACSM Certification News.  June, 2007
  • Fredrick, D., B. Miller, and M. Kern. Validation of a new maximum steady state protocol for cyclists. Intern. J. Sports Med. 2005

  • Yee, A. J., T. Fuerst, L. Salamone, M. Visser, M. Dockrell, M. Van Loan, and  M. Kern. Validation of the Bod Pod:  method for estimating percent body fat in an elderly population.  Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 74 (5): 637-642, 2001.


  • KIN 697/698: Integrated Senior Research/Research Seminar
  • KIN 683: Applied Exercise Physiology
  • KIN 740: Advanced Metabolism

Memberships and Awards

  • 2015:   Southwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Recognition Award winner.
  • 2014:         SFSU: Sabbatical leave for Spring 2015
  • 2014:         Invited Speaker: The 8th International Taekwondo Symposium. In Taekwondowon, Republic of Korea
  • 2008-present:   Southwest Regional Chapter Representative to the National Organization, Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • 2003:        Member: Aging Task Force, S.F., CA.
  • 2001:        Privately Funded Grant: Juvenon  
  • 2001:        President, Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • 2000:        Invited Speaker:   Seniors on the Move Conference, S.F., CA.
  • 2000:        SFSU: Sabbatical leave for Fall, 2001
  • 1999:        CSU's  Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service
  • 1999:        SFSU, Office of Biomedical Research Grant
  • 1999:        NSF:CCLI Grant: Integrative workstations to enhance undergraduate learning of metabolic and physiological responses to exercise.
  • 1998:        CSU's  Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching
  • 1998:        CSU's  Community Service Learning Grant
  • 1997:        Member-at-Large, Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • 1997:        Invited Speaker:   The '97 Seoul International Sports Science Congress, Seoul, Korea.
  • 1997:        Invited Speaker:  4th Pacific Rim Conference on Exercise and Sports Medicine, Corvallis, Oregon.
  • 1997:        CSU's Mini-Grant, Summer Stipend
  • 1997:        SFSU, Office of Biomedical Research Grant
  • 1996:        CSU's Mini-Grant
  • 1996:        CSU's Affirmative Action Faculty Development Grant
  • 1995:        Presidential Award for Professional Development
  • 1995:         CSU's Affirmative Action Faculty Development Grant
  • 1992:  Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • 1991:  President's Fellow, University of California
  • 1990:  Am. Diabetes Assoc. Mentor Based Fellowship (Gerald M. Reaven)
  • 1989:  Chosen guest to attend the Conference on Diabetes in American Indians and  Alaskan Natives (financial assistance provided by NIDDKD)
  • 1989:  Invited fellow to attend Research and Therapeutic issues in Diabetes: An International Conference.  Etiology and Treatment of Type I and Type II Diabetes, Complications of Diabetes and Diabetic Pregnancies. (financial assistance provided by ADA, Virginia Affiliate)
  • 1989:  ECU School of Medicine "starter" research grant
  • 1988:  NIH Postdoctoral Fellow