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 currently serving as the the Chair of Biological Sciences. She is a member of the NAU Institutional Review Board and the NAU 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 in sedentary adults. At NAU, she has continued this work and developed a model of exercise hormesis and adaptive redox response. 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 is also a mentor in the RISE program and LSAMP, programs that focus on increasing participation of underrepresented minorities in research. She received the NAU Provost’s award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Scholarship 2015-2016 and has 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, numerous times.
Oh, and the last name: She is from Iceland where surnames are father’s (or mother’s) first name plus daughter or son.