University of Vermont

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Faculty - Robert S. Tyzbir

Robert Tyzbir, PhD, Professor

  • PhD, Biochemistry, University of Rhode Island, 1971
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Rhode Island, 1966
  • Dr. Tyzbir's C.V.
Professional Affliations
  • American Institute of Nutrition
  • Nutrition Society of Great Britain
  • Sigma Xi

Area of expertise


Contact Information

Phone: 802-656-0671

Office Location: 228 Marsh Life Science

Office Hours: by appointment


"Feeding your head is the best revenge."

Robert Tyzbir is internationally known for his research on diet-induced, hormone-mediated alterations in intermediary metabolism. More recently, he has begun to investigate the link between people`s attitudes about eating and exercise and their body size, shape and composition.

Professional interests:

Prof. Tyzbir's enthusiastic teaching style and his ability to communicate to students the cultural relevance of nutrition research and study has earned him the 1988 Joseph E. Carrigan Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, the 1990 UVM Alumni Association`s George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2004 U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Prof. Tyzbir writes a monthly column on sports nutrition for Varsity New England.

  • NFS 163: Sports Nutrition
  • NFS 263: Nutritional Biochemistry
Recent Publications
  • Tyzbir, R.S., Sports Nutrition: Understanding Dietary and Physiological Effects on the Human Body (First Edition). Cognella Academic Publishing Company. 2012

  • Connolly, D.A.J., Henkin, J.A., and Tyzbir, R.S. Changes in Selected Fitness Parameters Following Six Weeks of Snowshoe Training. J. Sports Med. and Physical Fitness. 42; 14-18 (2002).

  • Ballor, D.L., Roeder, A., Horowitz, G.M., Pintauro, S.J. and Tyzbir, R.S. PFK Activity in Muscle and Heart Tissue is Differentially Affected by Dietary Restriction. International Journal of Obesity. 19; 138-142 (1995).

  • Arciero, P.J., Goran, M.I., Gardner, A.W., Ades, P.A., Tyzbir, R.S., and E.T. Poehlman. A Practical Equation To Predict Resting Metabolic rate In Older Females. J. Am. Geriatrics Soc. 41; 389-395 (1993).

  • Arciero, P.J., Goran, M.I., Gardner, A.W., Ades, P.A., Tyzbir, R.S., and E.T. Poehlman. A Practical Equation to Predict Resting Metabolic Rate in Older Men. Metabolism. 42; 950-957 (1993)

  • Vatnick, I., Tyzbir, R.S., Welch, J.G. and A.P. Hooper. Regression of Brown Adipose Tissue Mitochondrial Function and Structure in Neonatal Goats. Am. J. Physiol. 252; E391-E395 (1987).
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