Dr. Tinna Traustadóttir
Tinna Traustadóttir is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, where she has been a faculty member since 2011. She is the Chair of the NAU Institutional Review Board and a member of NAU’s Research Conflict of Interest Committee.
Dr. Traustadóttir received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Exercise Physiology from Arizona State University, and her B.S. degree from the University of Vermont.
Her doctoral work investigated the effects of aging on neuroendocrine stress resilience and the role of regular exercise in attenuating these age-related changes. During her post-doctoral work at the Kronos Longevity Research Institute (KLRI), the focus shifted to redox biology of aging. She studied the role of regular exercise in the redox balance of aging, and whether age-related deficits seen in sedentary older individuals can be restored through exercise or a phytonutrient intervention. At NAU, she has continued this work and developed a model of exercise hormesis and redox balance. The work in her laboratory continues to test and expand various aspects of this model.
Dr. Traustadóttir maintains a vibrant research program with involvement of both undergraduate and graduate students. Many of her undergraduate students have received research funding through the NAU Hooper Undergraduate Research Award program to conduct independent projects. She received the NAU Provost’s award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Scholarship 2015-2016 and has twice been named the faculty member having the most significant impact on the success of students receiving the Golden Axe, NAU’s highest honors for graduating seniors.
Dr. Traustadóttir teaches two capstone classes that co-convene with graduate courses: Advanced Exercise Physiology (BIO 420C/514) and Advanced Clinical Exercise Science (BIO 465C/565).
Oh, and the last name: She is from Iceland where surnames are father’s (or mother’s) first name plus daughter or son.