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Kinesiology Department

Zacharias Papadakis, MS, ACSM EP-C

ZachariasPapadakisMr. Papadakis joined the Department of Kinesiology as a Lecturer in July 2015, and he brings the European flavor, as a Greek native, to our department. He envisions assisting the department to grow even more through his dynamic personality and approach. He teaches in the area of Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning. Currently, he is teaching Exercise Epidemiology, Case Studies in Human Performance, Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Exercise Physiology Laboratory. Mr. Papadakis is an ACSM's certified Exercise Physiologist.  

His research interests are aimed at understanding how the human body responds to various exercise, nutritional and pharmaceutical stimuli, and how these responses influence vascular reactivity, inflammatory, and metabolic processes in humans.

Mr. Papadakis holds a BSC (1998) of the Physical Education and Sport Science program at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The Aristotelian University is the largest university in Greece, with approximately 95,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Both the University in general and the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science are very well respected.

He obtained a MS degree (2005) from the Faculty of Health and Well-being at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. Sheffield Hallam University is the sixth largest in the UK, with more than 30,000 students. The university's research on "sports-related studies" (as the category is labeled in this country's Research Assessment Exercise system) is ranked 4th out of the 39 programs that submitted data.

Beyond academic qualifications, Zacharias also has a number of professional experiences, as he has worked for several years as a physical education teacher in elementary and secondary schools, as well as, teaching University of Crete's sports related classes. He worked as a personal trainer in fitness clubs, as a rehabilitation specialist in clinics, and as strength and conditioning specialist for basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams. For five years, before his acceptance to the doctoral program at Baylor University, he had also established his own exercise sport and exercise science laboratory, geared toward clients who wanted a science-based approach to their sport or exercise training.

Currently, he is working on obtaining his doctoral degree from Baylor University, something that he anticipates happening in December 2015.

Zacharias is an avid athlete, as he used to be a semi-professional basketball player and a track and field athlete (thrower). He is into health and fitness lifestyle by lifting weights and running outdoors, playing sand-volleyball, so if you are active enough most probably you will see him working out in the recreation center. Do not hesitate to say hello and greet him anytime you see him in and out of the campus. He loves spending time with his Doberman - Enzo, a long life dream that recently became a true.

You may contact Mr. Papadakis at  zacharias.papadakis@rice.edu