Are some people predisposed to enjoy exercise while others are destined to struggle? The answer could be buried deep within a person’s genetic makeup.

tigerstudyFor the past two years, engineering students have been among the more than 1,600 UAB students participating in a groundbreaking study that seeks to determine how a person’s genetic makeup could alter the body’s response to exercise and diet interventions.

A team of interdisciplinary scientists from UAB is spearheading the TIGER (Training Interventions & Genetics of Exercise Response) Study, a five-year project that is investigating the influence of variation in DNA sequence on body fat and fitness.

Participating students are tested before and after participating in a 30-week exercise program. The study is one of the few of its kind in the United States.

Researchers will be visiting select engineering classes this spring to recruit subjects for the study. If you are interested in participating, or if you would like to learn more, visit or e-mail or call 975-7651.