Bob McMurray, PhD


Smith Gunter Distinguished Professor 

Adjunct Professor 
Allied Health Sciences

Bob McMurray’s Biosketch 
Curriculum Vitae


305 Woollen Gym 
Campus Box 8605 
Chapel Hill 27599-8605 
T: 919-962-1371 
F: 919-962-0489


1968  SUC at Cortland  BSE, Physical Education

1968  Ball State University  MA, Physical Education

1976  Indiana University  PhD, Human Performance

Research activities

Dr. McMurray’s research focuses on the effect of exercise on cardiovascular disease risk factors, insulin and adipokines in children. He is part of a research team that has been funded for over two decades to develop strategies for implementing cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk reduction programs in youth and improving physical activity levels in youth. He has worked on the 14-year Cardiovascular Health in Children Study, the Energy Expenditure of Physical Activity, the 6-year Trial for Activity in Adolescent Girls, and 7-year middle school diabetes prevention project. He works as part of the coordinating center for the National Hispanic Community Health Study – Solinas. He is presently working on an obesity reduction program for obese parents and children. He is also interested in factors controlling metabolism during exercise. He is the Smith Gunter Distinguished Professor in Exercise and Sport Science, a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, and Past President of the Southeast College of Sports Medicine. He has served as a reviewer for a variety of exercise and medical journals as well as the NIH.