Prof. Dr. Karsten Köhler


Exercise, Nutrition and Health

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Köhler‘s (*1980) research focuses on the integration of nutrition and physical activity to optimize human health and performance. One particular aspect of his work addresses the various pathways through which exercise and physical activity impact food intake, energy balance and body composition. Prof. Köhler’s laboratory is equipped to conduct well-controlled diet and exercise interventions across all life stages and integrates physiological, endocrine and behavioral approaches.

Prof. Köhler has a background in Nutrition Sciences (University of Hohenheim) and obtained his PhD at the German Sport University Cologne. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University, Prof. Köhler joined the faculty ranks as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where directed the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Lab. In 2019, Prof. Köhler relocated his research program to TUM, where he is an Assistant Professor in Exercise, Nutrition and Health.


    • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2019)
    • Editorial Board Member, Nutrients (2019)
    • Postdoctoral Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (2013)
    • Teaching Excellence Award, German Sport University Cologne (2012)
    • Young Investigator Award, German Sport University Cologne (2012, 2010)

    Koehler K, Boron JB, Garvin TM, Bice MR, Stevens JR: "Differential relationship between physical activity and intake of added sugar and nutrient-dense foods: A cross-sectional analysis". Appetite. 2019; 140: 91-97.


    Koehler K, De Souza MJ, Williams NI: "Less-than-expected weight loss in normal-weight women undergoing caloric restriction and exercise is accompanied by preservation of fat-free mass and metabolic adaptations". European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2017; 71(3): 365-371.


    Koehler K, Williams NI, Mallinson RJ, Southmayd EA, Allaway HC, De Souza MJ: "Low resting metabolic rate in exercise-associated amenorrhea is not due to a reduced proportion of highly metabolically active tissue compartments". American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2016; 311: E480-E487.


    Koehler K, Hoerner NR, Gibbs JC, Zinner C, Braun H, De Souza MJ, Schaenzer W: "Low Energy Availability in Exercising Men is Associated with Reduced Leptin and Insulin but Not with Changes in Other Metabolic Hormones". Journal of Sports Sciences. 2016; 34: 1921-1929.


    Koehler K, Braun H, De Marees M, Fusch G, Fusch C, Schaenzer W: "Assessing energy expenditure in male endurance athletes: validity of the SenseWear Armband". Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2011; 43: 1328–1333.