Colleen Muñoz, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor, Kinesiology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Research now supports low fluid intake and osmotic perturbations as a stress capable of impacting quality of life and long-term health. Because of the barriers that currently prevent exploration of hydration practices on health outcomes, my current and previous work conducted at California State University, Fullerton and the University of Connecticut focuses on: 1) habitual fluid intake practices among healthy American populations, 2) the efficacy of traditional and novel hydration biomarkers suited for specific contexts to accurately assess hydration dynamics, and 3) acute hormonal, cellular and genetic responses to acute fluid losses. Much of my work examines responses of acute fluid losses in healthy populations in laboratory and field settings to gather fundamental paradigms through which larger and more complex questions can be answered; this work utilizes a range of applied and basic evaluative techniques including osmometry, enzyme-linked spectrophotometry, cell and mRNA isolation, qPCR, and flow cytometry. My future scientific aims will address how chronic fluid intake influences genetic, cellular, and systemic health outcomes. This research relates to every individual at every life stage, and might lead to establishing well-investigated fluid intake guidelines to serve as a relatively simple behavior change to promote health and well-being.


Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Science – May 2014
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Master of Science in Kinesiology – August 2010
California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Minor in Music – May 2008
California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Kinesiology
2095 Hillside Road, Unit 1110
Storrs, CT 06269-1110