Kim Beals is an assistant professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also an associate director of the University of Pittsburgh's Neuromuscular Research Laboratory (NMRL). Beals completed her PhD in Exercise Phyisiology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics. Her research interests include nutrition and exercise strategies to modify body composition and to enhance physical performance. In addition, she is interested in the evaluation of dietary constituents and their role in reducing systemic inflammation due to exercise stress, recovery and long-term health.