A leading expert in exercise and sport physiology, Brad Wilkins’ passion lies in understanding and dissecting the physiological underpinnings at the limits of human performance.
Brad received his Ph.D. from theUniversity of Oregon and trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the Mayo Clinic. Over the last 25 years, his research has explored questions related to cardiovascular control during environmental and exercise stress, impact of interventions on performance outcomes, and the bioenergetic factors constraining endurance performance. This work has led to over 40 published manuscripts and patents.
Brad is currently an Assistant Professor at Gonzaga University. As a teacher, he emphasizes the importance of critical & independent thinking, creative problem solving, and scientific curiosity. In this way, he encourages his students as they find their purpose and build their body of work. Brad’s laboratory at Gonzaga University explores the interaction between cardiovascular control mechanisms and the bioenergetics underlying the limits of human endurance performance.
In addition to his teaching and research, Brad has been a leader at the intersection of science and business for over a decade, integrating the scientific process with creative innovation strategies and product development. An accomplished scientist at Nike, Brad held a number of scientific leadership positions including founding the Nike+ Sport Performance Laboratory, directing Next Generation Research teams, and leading the scientific team for Nike’s attempt at a sub 2-hour marathon (Breaking2). Brad is a founder and consultant at W124°, focused on helping companies translate and apply insights gleaned from scientific research to innovations and strategies that push the boundaries of human performance.