Faculty and Staff

David H. Fukuda, Ph.D. is currently a Professor in the Division of Kinesiology at the University of Central Florida. Fukuda’s undergraduate training in production/operations management at Boise State University offered a systems-based approach to problem-solving, which provides him a unique perspective to both teaching and scientific inquiry within the field of exercise science. While completing his doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma in exercise physiology, he devised a non-invasive approach for the classification of elderly men and women into body composition phenotypes. Fukuda’s research interests include the development of performance-based testing methodologies, the analysis of physiological profiles in athletes, and the assessment of adaptations to exercise training and nutritional interventions in varying populations. He is a fourth-degree black belt in judo and has been involved with the Olympic sport for over 25 years as a competitor, instructor, coach, and referee.

Fukuda has received Fellow status from the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (FNSCA).


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma
  • CSCS*D, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • CISSN, Certified Sports Nutritionist, International Society of Sports Nutrition
  • ACSM-EP, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine


  • Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science
  • Physiology of Work and Exercise Response (POWER) Laboratory
Areas of Specialty
  • Performance-based testing methodologies
  • Exercise training and nutritional interventions in varying populations
  • Fatigue thresholds and metabolic responses to exercise
  • Martial arts and combat sports
Research Lab Affiliations

Research Grants

KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

RF: Evaluation of the protective effects of a novel dietary microalgae supplement (PeLiv) following exercise-induced muscle damage

  • PI: David Fukuda
  • Amount: $262,458 | Timeframe: 08/24/2022 - 12/31/2023
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: MICROPHYT SA
    KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

    RF: The effects of Peak ATP® (adenosine 5’- triphosphate disodium) supplementation vs. Placebo on measures of mood, reaction time and cognitive performance

  • PI: Adam J. Wells
  • Co-PI: Jeffrey Stout
  • Co-PI: David Fukuda
  • Amount: $64,082 | Timeframe: 08/01/2021 - 12/31/2022
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: TSI Group Ltd
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