Zidong Li - Directory - Christopher Newport University


Zidong Li

Department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry

Zidong Li

Assistant Professor

Forbes Hall 3032
(757) 594-7063


  • Ph D in Exercise Physiology, University of New Mexico
  • MS in Exercise Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • BE in Sports Science, Beijing Sport University


Exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, sports nutrition.


Muscle physiology, exercise in the heat and hypoxia, interventions on exercise performance and recovery.


I joined Christopher Newport University in Fall 2022. As an exercise physiologist, I strive to promote the health benefits of physical activity for everyone. In addition, caring about the health and performance in athletes, firefighters, military personnel, etc., I study potential adverse effects of exercise in the scenarios where the exercise is prolonged, performed in the heat, and induces muscle damage.
I am originally from China and have been in the US since I was in graduate school. I am a big sports fan and enjoy watching and playing soccer, tennis and pickleball.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2024). Strategies to Mitigate Acute Kidney Injury Risk during Physical Work in Hot Environments. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology.
  • Conference Proceeding
    (2023). Does a Caffeinated Fitness Drink Affect Performance and Physiological Responses during a VO2max Test? – A Pilot Study. JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SPORTS NUTRITION. Volume, 20. Issue, S2. Pages, 34-35.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2022). Interventions to Prevent Exercise-Induced Gastrointestinal Permeability through HSP Induction. Scientific Scholar. Volume, 26. Pages, 43-51.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2022). The effect of prolonged interval and continuous exercise in the heat on circulatory markers of intestinal barrier integrity.. European Journal of Applied Physiology. Volume, 122. Issue, 12. Pages, 2651-2659.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2022). The combined effects of exercise-induced muscle damage and heat stress on acute kidney stress and heat strain during subsequent endurance exercise.. European journal of applied physiology. Volume, 122. Issue, 5. Pages, 1239-1248.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2021). The Potential Role of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage in Exertional Heat Stroke.. Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.). Volume, 51. Issue, 5. Pages, 863-872.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2021). Autophagy in peripheral blood mononuclear cells is associated with body fat percentage.. Archives of physiology and biochemistry. Pages, 1-7.
  • Rachel Chenoweth, Zidong Li, International Society of Sports Nutrition Annual Meeting, "Does a Caffeinated Fitness Drink Affect Performance and Physiological Responses during a VO2max Test? – A Pilot Study," Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (2023)
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