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Nathaniel Thom

Hometown: Stevens Point, WI 

Undergraduate: B.S. in Biology - Univ. of Wisconsin, 2001 

Graduate Program: MS Exercise Science, UGA (2005) 

                                   PhD Kinesiology, UGA (2009)

Nathaniel received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology in 2009 and is doing a post-doc at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, CA. In two collaborative projects between NHRC and the University of California, San Diego, he interested in gaining a better understanding of the neural mechanisms that promote an adaptive response to stress and exploring training programs that promote resilience. He uses EEG, fMRI and combined EEG/fMRI to probe the brains of elite performers. His work was covered in the New York Times magazine in 2012.


Dishman, R.K., Thom, N.J., Puetz T.W., O’Connor, P.O., & Clementz, B.A.  (2010).  Effects of cycling exercise on vigor, fatigue and electroencephalographic activity among young adults who report persistent fatigue.  Psychophysiology, 47(6), 1066-1074.

Paulus, M.P., Flagan, T., Simmons, A.N., Gillis, K., Kotturi, S., Thom, N.J.,Johnson, D.C., Van Orden, K.F., Davenport, P.W., & Swain, J.L. (2012).  The effects of non-hypercapnic breathing restriction on elite athletes: Behavioral and neural signature of optimal performers in extreme environments. PlosOne, 7(1), e29394.

Thom, N.J., Holmes, P.V., and Dishman, R.K. (2008).  Effects of wheel running on male copulatory behavior and galanin mRNA in the medial preoptic area after β-adrenoreceptor blockade.  Submitted to Neuroscience Letters. 

Dishman, R.K., Thom, N.J., Smith, J.C.  (2008).  Effects of acute exercise on Hoffman reflex during affective picture viewing.  In preparation (all data collected, analysis 1/3 completed); to be submitted to Psychophysiology. 

Dishman, R.K., Thom, N.J., Puetz T.W., O’Connor, P.O., and Clementz, B.A. (2008).  Spontaneous EEG activity after acute and chronic aerobic exercise. In preparation (all data collected, analysis 3/4 finished); to be submitted toPsychophysiology. 

Imboden, M., Shi, F., Pugh, T.D., Freud, A.G., Thom, N.J., Hank, J.A., Hao, Z., Staelin, S.T., Sondel, P.M., & Mahvi, D.M. (2003). Safety of IL-12 gene therapy against cancer: A murine biodistribution and toxicity study. Human Gene Therapy, 14(11), 1037-48.


Dissertation proposal presented to the scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health Center for the Study of Emotion and Affect.  Spring, 2008.  Gainesville, FL. 


Clifford Gray Lewis Graduate Assistantship (1/3 time graduate stipend, tuition waver) from the Department of Kinesiology, The University of Georgia, 2008. 

Louise E. Kindig Research Award ($1000) from the Department of Kinesiology, The University of Georgia, Athens Georgia, for best doctoral proposal, 2008. 

Travel funding ($300) from the College of Education at The University of Georgia to present at the national American College of Sports Medicine meeting, 2006, Denver, CO.]

Graduate Student Association Ambassador for the Department of Kinesiology at The University of Georgia.

Invited to be the graduate representative for The University of Georgia's College of Education Dean's Student Advisory Committee.

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