Laboratory Director

Kenneth Wilund, Ph.D.

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Phone: 217.265.6755
Fax: 217.244.7322
Wilund CV November 2020



Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Maryland, 2000

Research and Professional Interests

Ken Wilund, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.  He also has faculty appointments in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine. Professor Wilund has a B.S. degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. He also completed postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Professor Wilund’s research examines the effects of exercise training and nutritional factors on cardiovascular health and muscle wasting in patients with kidney failure. He is particularly interested in the role that dietary sodium has on both chronic fluid overload, a condition that contributes to heart failure, as well as muscle sodium accumulation, which may contribute to deficits in muscle strength and function. His long-term goal is to develop strategies that shift the focus of the care of dialysis patients from predominantly pharmacological approaches to strategies that rely on lifestyle management, such as improved nutrition and physical activity. This has led him to be on the organizing committee for the Global Renal Exercise Summit.

See curriculum vitae for information about awards, academic and professional honors, publications, professional associations and certifications.