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Duck-Chul Lee

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Kinesiology

Office: 103H Forker, Ames, IA 50011-4008
Phone number: +1 (515) 2948042
Email: dclee@iastate.edu

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Research interests


My primary research interests focus on physical activity epidemiology, especially on the independent and combined effects of aerobic and resistance exercise on various health outcomes in adults and older adults. Over the past 6 years, I have been actively involved in >60 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. These studies include the associations of physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, dietary pattern, and alcohol consumption with various health outcomes such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, sarcopenia, falling, depression, and cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality.

Selected from over 100 peer-reviewed publications (IF=Journal Impact Factor):

  • Lee DC, Brellenthin AG, Thompson PD, Sui X, Lee IM, Lavie CJ. Running as a key lifestyle medicine for longevity. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2017;60(1):45-55. Invited Review. Atlas Award winning article by Elsevier (IF=6.8)
  • Lee DC, Lavie CJ, Vedanthan R. Optimal dose of running for longevity: is more better or worse? J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(5):420-2. Invited Editorial. (IF=20.6) 
  • Lee DC, Pate RR, Lavie CJ, Sui X, Church TS, Blair SN. Leisure-time running reduces all-cause and cardiovascular mortality risk. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;64(5):472-81. Top Ten Publication Award winning artile in 2014 by American Heart Association Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Council (IF=20.6)
  • Ortega FB, Lee DC, Katzmarzyk PT, Ruiz JR, Sui X, Church TS, Blair SN. The intriguing metabolically healthy but obese phenotype: cardiovascular prognosis and role of fitness. Eur Heart J. 2013;34(5):389-97. (IF=22.7)
  • Lee DC, Sui X, Jackson AS, Church TS, Lavie CJ, Blair SN. Changes in fitness and fatness on the development of cardiovascular disease risk factors focusing on hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and hypercholesterolemia. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012;59(7):665-72. (IF=20.6)
  • Lee DC, Park IH, Nam BH, Cho SI, Steven N. Blair, Kim YS. Physical activity and body mass index on the development of type 2 diabetes in Korean men. Am J Epidemiol. 2012;176(1):43-51. (IF=4.5)
  • Lee DC, Sui X, Artero EG, Lee IM, Church TS, McAuley PA, Standford FC, Kohl HW, Blair SN. Long-term effects of changes in cardiorespiratory fitness and body mass index on all-cause and CVD mortality in men: The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study. Circulation. 2011;124(23):2483-90. (IF=23.6)
  • Lee DC, Sui X, Ortega FB, Kim YS, Church TS, Winett RA, Ekelund U, Katzmarzyk PT, Blair SN. Comparisons of leisure-time physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness as predictors of all-cause mortality in men and women. Br J Sports Med. 2011;45(6):504-10. (IF=12.7)
  • Artero EG, Lee DC, Ruiz JR, Sui X, Ortega FB, Church TS, Lavie CJ, Castillo MJ, Blair SN. A prospective study of muscular strength and all-cause mortality in men with hypertension. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011;57(18):1831-7. (IF=20.6)
  • Lee DC, Sui X, Church TS, Lee IM, Blair SN. Associations of cardiorespiratory fitness and obesity with risks of impaired fasting glucose and type 2 diabetes in men. Diabetes Care. 2009;32(2):257-62. (IF=16.0)
  • Lee DC, Sui X, Blair SN. Does physical activity ameliorate the health hazards of obesity? Br J Sports Med. 2009;43(1):49-51. (IF=12.7)

  • List of publicationhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1FulADW_mb-5g/bibliography/42603832/public/?sort=date&direction=descending   
  • YouTube video about running and mortality study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUyU-RU8O1w  


My teaching experience includes both undergraduate and graduate exercise science classes, such as "Weight Training" at Seoul National University, and "Controlled Trials in Exercise Science" and "Physical Activity Epidemiology" at University of South Carolina. At Iowa State University, I tought HS 570 "Physical Activity Assessment for Health Related Research," and continue to teach HS 350 "Human Diseases"  since spring 2013. Also, I developed and started to teach a new undergraduate and graduate dual-listed course, "HS 464/564 Physical Activity Epidemiology" at Iowa State University since spring 2014. 

Certifications and Awards

  • Baeknam Academic Award (4-year undergraduate free tuition and free dormitory borarding) (Hanyang University). 1992.
  • Life Sports Instructor License: Bodybuilding (Korea Ministry of Culture & Tourism). 1998
  • Certificate of Athletic Trainer (The Korean Society of Sports Medicine). 2004.
  • Fitness Specialist for Older Adults (The Cooper Institute. Texas. US). 2005. 
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS, US National Strength and Conditioning Association). 2006. 
  • Physical Activity and Public Health Research Course (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 2009. 
  • The 36th Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (American Heart Association). 2010. 
  • Top 10 Publication Award in 2014, “Leisure-time running reduces all-cause and cardiovascular mortality risk” published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). (American Heart Association). 2015. 
  • Early Achievement in Research Award (College of Human Sciences. Iowa State University). 2015.
  • Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. (American College of Sports Medicine). 2016.
  • Early tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. (Iowa State University). 2017.
  • Atlas Award, "Running as a key lifestyle medicine for longevity" published in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases (Elsevier). 2017.

* My lab is currently recruiting graduate students, especailly PhDs.  If you are interested, please email me at dclee@iastate.edu.