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Erik Hanson, PhD, CSCS

Associate Professor – Exercise Physiology
Co-Director, Exercise Oncology Laboratory

Department of Exercise and Sport Science
315 Woollen, CB#8605
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Email:  |  Phone: 919-962-0816


Erik Hanson is a Kulynych/Story Fellow and Associate Professor in the Exercise Physiology specialization. He completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Saint John’s University (MN), his Master’s Degree at UNC-Chapel Hill in Exercise and Sport Science, his PhD at the University of Maryland in Kinesiology, and his postdoctoral fellowship in muscle physiology at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Erik’s primary research focus includes exercise testing and training in clinical populations, with an emphasis in prostate cancer. He is interested in the role of exercise to improve skeletal muscle function during anti-cancer therapies. He also examines how the immune system responds to acute and chronic exercise during cancer treatment, both as a potential therapy and means of reducing disease recurrence. He is currently a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control group within the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Society of Exercise Immunology.