Director, Professional Studies | Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Dennis Koch, PhD completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at Canisius College, with intentions of becoming a medical doctor. However, by the end of his junior year, he began to realize that medicine was not his calling. His love of sports, and running in particular, led him to pursue an exercise science minor, under the tutelage of Dr. Khalid Bibi. This sparked a passion that led him to pursue his doctorate in Physiology at Pennsylvania State University. He was awarded a graduate fellowship from the National Institute of Health to study the effects of stress on physiology at Penn State's Noll Physiological Research Center. In his doctoral research, Dr. Koch examined on the effects of age on the regulation of blood flow to exercising muscles, and his dissertation focused specifically on the control of blood flow by the sympathetic nervous system. In the Spring of 2004, Dennis was awarded a Caroline tum Suden award for outstanding student research by the American Physiological Society at the annual FASEB meeting.
Koch has co-authored several abstracts and manuscripts. He has been published in The Journal of Physiology, The Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, The Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology, The American Journal of Physiology, and Adultspan. Recently, Koch collaborated with Bibi to co-author a chapter entitled "Metabolic Calculations" in ACSM's Certification Review, Third Edition, which was published in the spring 2009. This textbook is used by many students each year who are pursuing certification as a Certified Health Fitness Specialist (CHFS) or a Clinical Exercise Scientist (CES) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In 2009, more than 7,000 copies of the book were sold.
Koch has been a faculty member at Canisius College since Fall 2004, and has directed the Health and Human Performance program since Fall 2006. He is passionate about educating his students on the many positive health benefits of exercise and proper nutrition, and looks forward to extending health promotion services to the Western New York community.
Outside of work, Koch is married and enjoys hiking, backpacking, and photography. He has been a competitive runner, cyclist, and triathlete for many years, and he began playing ice hockey in 2007.