Christian C. Evans, PT, Ph.D., Professor, Midwestern University. Dr Evans completed his entry-level physical therapy education at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1992 and a doctoral degree in the Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. Christian was a recipient of a Foundation for Physical Therapy, Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholar Fellowship (1998-2000) supporting his doctoral research and a Foundation for Physical Therapy Grant in Aid supporting post-doctoral research investigating the use of a left-ventricle assist device to restore cardiac function in patients with heart failure. His research interests include the development of cardiac hypertrophy in athletes, the effects of diabetes on heart function and the prevention and treatment of diabetes through exercise. He has over 15 years of clinical experience, including phase-I cardiac rehab and acute care and has worked extensively with patients with diabetes. He has authored several publications on cardiovascular physiology and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Cardiopulmonary and Research Sections. Dr Evans is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University where his teaching assignments include pathology, pharmacology, research and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Dr. Evans’ research interests include prevention of obesity, the effects of exercise on the gut microbiota, and interactions between hosts and the human and environmental microbiomes.