Assistant Professor

Dr. Gutierrez is an assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Exercise Science. Concurrent with her SPHHS assignment, she assists Dr. Loretta DiPietro, chair of the Department of Exercise Science, with research at the USDA Food Intake and Energy Regulation Lab, where they are evaluating the blood glucose response to various physical activity protocols in older people.

Dr. Gutierrez is also interested in how lack of physical activity, sleep loss, and high-fat/high-energy diets influence metabolism, and seeks to translate clinical and laboratory science to public health practice. As a teacher, Dr. Gutierrez looks for ways to deliver challenging content about exercise physiology, nutrition, and sports in a format that engages her students. And in her spare time, she is a competitive powerlifter who can bench press 185 pounds and dead lift 250.


2006-2009 Ph.D. in Exercise, Nutrition and Preventive Health (August 2009), Baylor University (Waco, TX)
2004-2006 M.S. in Nutrition Research (June 2006), State University of New York at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
2000-2004 B.S. in Nutritional Sciences (May 2004), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)


EXSC 2119: Basic Nutrition
EXSC 6203: Advanced Exercise Physiology II (graduate)
EXSC 6240: Nutrition Across the Lifespan (graduate)
EXSC 1118: Sport and Nutrition


Professor Gutierrez is interested in the role of physical activity in modulating metabolic flexibility (the body's ability to quickly switch fuel sources in response to changes in nutrient status and/or physical activity) and variability following metabolic stressors, such as disuse, high-fat/high-energy diets or acute and chronic sleep loss (deprivation). The ultimate goal is to effective, population-specific (e.g. insulin resistant people) interventions for the prevention of chronic diseases.