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William Kraemer

Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Kinesiology

(614) 688-2354


Dr. Kraemer’s status in his field is made obvious by his 2013 Expertscape Award, which names him the nation’s top expert in resistance training research. He is one of only a handful of researchers investigating resistance training for the entire body, including the cellular, biochemical and endocrinological levels.

With a total of 38,916 citations on Harzing’s Publish or Perish lists, his scholarly impact is impressive. He is a strength-testing consultant for both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Before taking his current position at The Ohio State University in 2014, he was a full professor at the University of Connecticut, Ball State University and Pennsylvania State University where his research garnered millions of dollars of external funding from federal, corporate and institute funding sources.

He has examined many different physiological contexts including aging, nutritional supplementation and disease pathologies (e.g., breast cancer). He also had a unique interest in human ergonomics and compressive garment interfaces for performance and recovery. His research into pituitary function demonstrated that aggregate clusters of growth hormone (GH) may be more important than the individual GH monomer with aging. Together with a recent work in neuroscience, the integration of systems physiology and effects of various interventions has been the focus of his research teams and collaborations.


  • PhD, Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, 1984
  • MS, Allied Health Professions, Exercise Physiology, University of Wyoming, 1978
  • BS, Health and Physical Education, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1975

Selected Publications

  1. Kraemer WJ, Hatfield DL, Comstock BA, Fragala MS, Davitt PM, Cortis C, Wilson JM, Lee EC, Newton RU, Dunn-Lewis C, Häkkinen K, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Flanagan SD, Looney DP, White MT, Volek JS, Maresh CM.  Influence of HMB supplementation and resistance training on cytokine responses to resistance exercise. J Am Coll Nutr.; 33(4):247-55, 2014.
  2. Gordon SE, Kraemer WJ, Looney DP, Flanagan SD, Comstock BA, Hymer WC. The influence of age and exercise modality on growth hormone bioactivity in women. Growth Horm IGF Res. Apr-Jun; 24(2-3):95-103, 2014.
  3. Szivak TK, Kraemer WJ, Nindl BC, Gotshalk LA, Volek JS, Gomez AL, Dunn-Lewis C, Looney DP, Comstock BA, Hooper DR, Flanagan SD, Maresh CM. Relationships of physical performance tests to military-relevant tasks in women.  US Army Med Dep J. Apr-Jun: 20-26, 2014.
  4. Joseph MF, Lillie KR, Bergeron DJ, Cota KC, Yoon JS, Kraemer WJ, Denegar CR. Achilles tendon biomechanics in response to acute intense exercise. J Strength Cond Res. May; 28(5):1181-6, 2014.
  5. Maresh CM, Sökmen B, Armstrong LE, Dias JC, Pryor JL, Creighton BC, Muñoz CX, Apicella JM, Casa DJ, Lee EC, Anderson JM, Kraemer WJ. Repetitive box lifting performance is impaired in a hot environment: implications for altered work-rest cycles. J Occup Environ Hyg.;11(7):460-8, 2014.
  6. Flanagan SD, Mills MD, Sterczala AJ, Mala J, Comstock BA, Szivak TK, DuPont WH, Looney DP, McDermott DM, Hooper DR, White MT, Dunn-Lewis C, Volek JS, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ. The relationship between muscle action and repetition maximum on the squat and bench press in men and women, J Strength Cond Res. Sep;28(9):2437-42, 2014.
  7. Smith RA, Martin GJ, Szivak TK, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Hooper DR, Flanagan SD, Looney DP, Volek JS, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ. The effects of resistance training prioritization in NCAA Division I Football summer training.  J Strength Cond Res. Jan; 28(1):14-22, 2014
  8. Kraemer WJ, Flanagan SD, Volek JS, Nindl BC, Vingren JL, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Hooper DR, Szivak TK, Looney DP, Maresh CM, Hymer WC. Resistance exercise induces region-specific adaptations in anterior pituitary gland structure and function in rats. J Appl Physiol., Dec; 115(11):1641-7, 2013.
  9. Ballard KD, Quann EE, Kupchak BR, Volk BM, Kawiecki DM, Fernandez ML, Seip RL, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS. Dietary carbohydrate restriction improves insulin sensitivity, blood pressure, microvascular function, and cellular adhesion markers in individuals taking statins. Nutr Res.  Nov; 33(11):905-12, 2013.
  10. Kraemer WJ, Solomon-Hill G, Volk BM, Kupchak BR, Looney DP, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Flanagan SD, Maresh CM, Volek JS. The effects of soy and whey protein supplementation on acute hormonal responses to resistance exercise in men. J Am Coll Nutr., 32(1):66-74, 2013.
  11. Volek JS, Volk BM, Gómez AL, Kunces LJ, Kupchak BR, Freidenreich DJ, Aristizabal JC, Saenz C, Dunn-Lewis C, Ballard KD, Quann EE, Kawiecki DL, Flanagan SD, Comstock BA, Fragala MS, Earp JE, Fernandez ML, Bruno RS, Ptolemy AS, Kellogg MD, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ. Whey protein supplementation during resistance training augments lean body mass.  J Am Coll Nutr. 2013; 32(2):122-35., 2013.
  12. Kraemer WJ, Looney DP, Martin GJ, Ratamess NA, Vingren JL, French DN, Hatfield DL, Fragala MS, Spiering BA, Howard RL, Cortis C, Szivak TK, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Hooper DR, Flanagan SD, Volek JS, Anderson JM, Maresh CM, Fleck SJ. Changes in creatine kinase and cortisol in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I American football players during a season. J Strength Cond Res. Feb;27(2):434-41, 2013.
  13. Kraemer WJ, Fragala MS, van Henegouwen WR, Gordon SE, Bush JA, Volek JS, Triplett NT, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Szivak TK, Flanagan SD, Hooper DR, Luk HY, Mastro AM. Responses of proenkephalin Peptide F to aerobic exercise stress in the plasma and white blood cell biocompartments.  Peptides.  Apr;42:118-24, 2013.
  14. Apicella JM, Lee EC, Bailey BL, Saenz C, Anderson JM, Craig SA, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS, Maresh CM. Betaine supplementation enhances anabolic endocrine and Akt signaling in response to acute bouts of exercise Eur J Appl Physiol.  Mar;113(3):793-802, 2013.
  15. Anzell AR, Potteiger JA, Kraemer WJ, Otieno S. Changes in height, body weight, and body composition in American football players from 1942 to 2011. J Strength Cond Res. Feb;27(2):277-84, 2013.
  16. Evans RK, Negus CH, Centi AJ, Spiering BA, Kraemer WJ, Nindl BC. Peripheral QCT sector analysis reveals early exercise-induced increases in tibial bone mineral density J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. Sep; 12(3):155-64, 2012
  17. Nindl BC, Urso ML, Pierce JR, Scofield DE, Barnes BR, Kraemer WJ, Anderson JM, Maresh CM, Beasley KN, Zambraski EJ. IGF-I measurement across blood, interstitial fluid, and muscle biocompartments following explosive, high-power exercise.  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. Nov 15;303(10):R1080-9, 2012.
  18. Kraemer WJ, Szivak TK. Strength training for the warfighter. J Strength Cond Res. Jul; 26 Suppl 2:S107-18, 2012.
  19. Flanagan SD, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Maresh CM, Volek JS, Denegar CR, Kraemer WJ. Cortical Activity during a Highly-Trained Resistance Exercise Movement Emphasizing Force, Power or Volume Brain Sci.  Nov 20; 2(4):649-66, 2012.