James Madison University

PHOTO: Dr. Nicholas Luden

Dr. Nicholas D. Luden

  • Office: Godwin 209 E
  • Phone: 540-568-4069
  • Email: ludennd@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    261 Bluestone Drive MSC 2302
    Department of Kinesiology
    Harrisonburg, VA  22807


  • B.S. Slippery Rock University
  • M.S. James Madison University
  • Ph.D. Ball State University

Undergraduate Teaching Area:

  • Exercise Science

Graduate Teaching Area:

  • Exercise Science

Research Interest:

  • Dr. Luden’s research interests revolve around human skeletal muscle plasticity as it relates to athletic performance and healthy living. More specifically, he is interested in how nutritional and training strategies can be manipulated to create optimal cellular and molecular environments (satellite cell physiology, energetics, and fiber size) for recovery, adaptation and ultimately performance. Most of his work has incorporated aspects of endurance performance.
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  • Family
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  • May 12 – August 15
    JMU Summer Hours
    Offices are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • May 20
    Richmond, VA: Alumni Networking Event
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Welcome from Kinesiology

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Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology! Kinesiology involves the study of human movement and our faculty and students do so from a physiological, biomechanical, and psychosocial perspective. More >