Joseph Kindler

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutritional Sciences

Assistant Professor

Dr. Joseph Kindler is a nutritionist and bone biologist studying the role of diet and chronic disease in peak bone mass attainment and maintenance.

281 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

kindlerj@uga.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Certificate Executive Project Management University of Georgia 2023
Fellowship Adolescent Medicine Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 2020
Certificate Translational Research The University of Pennsylvania 2019
Ph.D. Foods and Nutrition The University of Georgia 2017
B.S. Applied Nutritional Sciences The Pennsylvania State University 2012

Research

Dr. Kindler is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Georgia (UGA) and the Director of the UGA Nutrition and Skeletal Health Laboratory. His research program seeks to unveil novel biological mediators of diabetes-related bone fragility and to develop innovative tools for identifying patients with increased fracture risk in the clinical setting. He also serves academic and medical communities by providing consultation and services involving clinical bone densitometry for clinical trials.

The strategic mission of Dr. Kindler's research program is rooted in core principles of clinical nutritional sciences and translational research. Prior to joining the faculty at UGA, he was an NIH-NCATS-funded TL1 Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) while earning a Certificate in Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine's Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. Areas of training included bioinformatics, clinical epidemiology, endocrinology, and therapeutics. He was also a Nutrition Fellow in the CHOP Division of Adolescent Medicine's Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded Leadership Education in Adolescent Health training program, which prepares health professionals for leadership roles in areas of public health, clinical care, and advocacy. As such, the lab's long-term goal is to inform evidence-based strategies to improve the health and well-being of patients with bone-related disorders by leveraging state-of-the-art clinical research methods and by effectively translating research to lay, academic, and medical audiences.

Dr. Kindler is actively involved in several trans-disciplinary collaborations with medical care providers and researchers that have led to novel findings relating to fracture vulnerability in clinical populations. As examples, recent studies have focused on children with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, children with Alagille syndrome, and survivors of pediatric stem-cell transplantation. Supported by an NIH-NCATS KL2 grant, he is currently studying the role of "incretin" hormones, GIP and GLP-1, on bone metabolism in adults with cystic fibrosis and diabetes and how individual nutrients and diet patterns might augment the functional "gut-bone axis." 

Teaching

FDNS 4510/6510 - Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle

FDNS 2100 - Human Nutrition and Food

FDNS 2100e - Human Nutrition and Food (online)

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine Nutrition Fellow 2019-2020
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Research Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2020
Purdue University, Department of Nutrition Science Post-Doctoral Research Associate 2017-2018
The University of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant 2012-2017
The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Kinesiology Undergraduate Research Assistant 2010-2012

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Early Career Faculty Research Award UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2023
Pacesetter Award UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2023
Top Poster Presentation in Patient-Oriented Research Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Poster Day 2019
Excellence in Research by Graduate Students Award in Professional and Applied Sciences University of Georgia Graduate School 2018
Emerging Professional – Undergraduate Degree Award Alumni Society of the College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University 2017
Young Investigator Award International Symposium on Nutritional Aspects of Osteoporosis 2017
President's Award American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2016
Young Investigator Award European Calcified Tissue Society 2016
Mary Creswell Research Fund Award University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2016
Young Investigator Award American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2016
Bess Dawson Hughes Best Poster Award International Symposium on Nutritional Aspects of Osteoporosis 2015
Endsley-Peifer Student Research Award University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2015
Ruth Rowan Morrison Scholarship University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2015
June and Bill Flatt Graduate Scholarship University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2014
Mary Creswell Research Fund Award University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2014
Graduate Student Poster Award Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietet 2013

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