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Matthew W. Hulver, PhD

Executive Director, Fralin Life Sciences Institute
  • Professor, HNFE
Matt Hulver - Executive Director of Fralin Life Sciences Institute. Photo courtesy of Alex Crookshanks for Virginia Tech.
Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech
Steger Hall
1015 Life Science Circle
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States


Matt Hulver is the Executive Director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute and Professor of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Matt joined Virginia Tech in 2006 and has held multiple leadership roles, including Department Head of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (2013- 2019), Co-Founding Director of the Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (2016-2020), and Assistant Dean of Health Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (2018-2020).

Matt's research program has focused on elucidating mechanisms governing metabolic adaptation to changes in diet and physical activity and/or inactivity; and the etiology of skeletal muscle metabolic inflexibility in context of overfeeding, obesity, and insulin resistance. His research program has spanned the translational research spectrum by using tools of molecular and cellular tools of discovery through human clinical interventions, with 15+ years of continual grant support from funding agencies such the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association, and various industry partners.


  • B.A. Fitness Management 1993 Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio
  • M.S. Exercise Science 1998 McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland
  • Ph.D. Exercise Physiology 2001 University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas