Merrill   Funk

Assistant Professor  

Office: BLHSB 2.732
Phone: (956) 882-5994
Email: merrill.funk@utrgv.edu

Dr. Merrill Funk

Dr. Merrill Funk teaches and does research in the exercise science field with emphasis in physical activity measurement and intervention and related health outcomes.





Selected Publications


  • Jose Gamez, Ivan Figueroa, Jesus Gonzalez, Perla Leyva, Naomi Lucio, Vanessa Salazar, Cindy Salazar, and Merrill Funk. Accuracy of Fitbit Activity Trackers During Walking in a Controlled Setting. March 2017.

  • Vanessa Salazar, Naomi Lucio, and Merrill Funk. Accuracy of Fitbit Charge 2 Worn At Different Wrist Locations During Exercise. March 2017.

  • Brook Massey, Jacelyn Patton, Terri Shay, Merrill Funk, and Robert Thiebaud. Accuracy of Wrist-worn Physical Activity Monitors to Measure Energy Expenditure. International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings, March 2017.

  • Ivan Figueroa, Jesus Gonzalez, Perla Leyva, Jose Gamez, Naomi Lucio, Vanessa Salazar, Cindy Salazar, Miriam Martinez, and Merrill Funk. Comparison of Smartphone Pedometer Apps on a Treadmill versus Outdoors. March 2017.

  • Jacelyn Patton, Terri Shay, Martin Schmidt, Brook Massey, Alexander Davis, Nicolas Giovannitti, Merrill Funk, and Robert Thiebaud. Validity of Wrist-worn Physical Activity Monitors to Measure Heart Rate. International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings, March 2017.

  • Phillip Conatser and Merrill Funk. "Skill and Fitness Assessment Ideas for Students with Disabilities," Physical & Health Education America (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2016).

  • Ulku Karabulut, Phillip Conatser, Merrill Funk, Danny Dominguez, Margarita Gonzalez, Juan Paredes, Ruben Chipuli, Lesly Flores, Mark Tovar, and Murat Karabulut. "The Relationship Between Body Composition, Waist Size, Blood Glucose, And Cholesterol In Hispanic Females," Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 48, (May 2016): 1001.

  • Ulku Karabulut, Phillip Conatser, Merrill Funk, D Dominguez, Maria Gonzalez, J Paredes, R Chipuli, L Flores, M Tovar, and Murat Karabulut. "The Relationship Between Body Composition, Waist Size, Blood Glucose, And Cholesterol In Hispanic Females: 3608 Board #47 June 4, 8: 00 AM - 9: 30 AM.," Medicine and science in sports and exercise 48, no. 5 Suppl 1 (May 2016): 1001.

  • Merrill Funk, C Salazar-Collier, M Martinez, Murat Karabulut, and B Reininger. "Validity of Popular Smartphone Apps at Measuring Steps at Different Intensities: 1268 Board #7 June 2, 8: 00 AM - 10: 00 AM.," Medicine and science in sports and exercise 48, no. 5 Suppl 1 (May 2016): 329.

  • Merrill Funk and Phillip Conatser. "Physical Activity Strategies for Busy Teachers," PELINKS4U Promoting Active & Healthy Lifestyles 17, no. 9 (November 2015).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Ryan Russell. Aerobic exercise dose, and it's effect on post-exercise timeline of skeletal microvascular blood flow and substrate oxidation., Lantheus Investigator Sponsored Trial (IST) Grant, $15,600.00 (August 1, 2017 - December 30, 2018)

  • Ryan Russell. Microvascular regulation of metabolism in adult Hispanics with and without specific gene mutations, Lantheus Investigator Sponsored Trial (IST) Grant, $148,800.00 (August 1, 2017 - December 30, 2018)

  • Merrill Funk. Competitive Supplemental Travel Grant for Junior Faculty, College of Health Affairs, $500.00 (June 2016)



Selected Presentations


  • Merrill Funk, MinJae Lee, Rose Gowen, Arturo Rodriguez, and Belinda Reininger. "Longitudinal Results of a Community-Based Weight Loss Challenge in South Texas," American College of Sports Medicine - Annual Meeting, American College of Sports Medicine, San Diego, CA (May 2015)

  • Merrill Funk, MinJae Lee, Rose Gowen, Lisa Mitchell-Bennett, Arturo Rodriguez, and Belinda Reininger. "Weight Loss Retention Following a Weight Loss Challenge in South Texas," Society of Behavioral Medicine - Annual Meeting, Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX (April 2015)

  • Merrill Funk, E Taylor, and Mike Bemben. "Blood Glucose Changes Following a 12-Week Walking Intervention in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes," American College of Sports Medicine - Annual Meeting, American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL (May 2014)

  • Merrill Funk. "The Basics: Getting to Know Exercise," Faculty and Staff Health Education Series, Healthy Sooners, The University of Oklahoma (October 2013)

  • Ghadah Alshuwaiyer, Merrill Funk, Susan Zacharia, E Taylow, Shannon Gwin, Danielle Ayres, M Camero Garcia, and Mike Bemben. "The Effect Of An 8-week Theory-based Walking Program on Physical Activity Level and Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease," American College of Sports Medicine - Annual Meeting, American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN (May 2013)

  • Merrill Funk, Ghadah Alshuwaiyer, Susan Zacharia, and E Taylor. "The Effects of an 8-Week Walking Intervention on Physical Activity and Anthropometric Measures in Inactive Middle Aged Women," The Obesity Society - Annual Conference, The Obesity Society, San Antonio, TX (November 2012)

  • Merrill Funk, Susan Zacharia, Ghadah Alshuwaiyer, Shannon Gwin, E Taylor, and Paul Branscum. "Internet-based Physical Activity Interventions at the Worksite: A Systematic Review," The American Public Health Association – Annual Meeting, The American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA (October 2012)

  • Matthew Seeley, Merrill Funk, William Denning, Ron Hager, and J Hopkins. "Tennis Forehand Kinematics Change as Post-Impact Ball Speed is Altered," American College of Sports Medicine - Annual Meeting, American College of Sports Medicine, Denver, CO (May 2011)

  • Merrill Funk and Larry Tucker. "Intensity of Activity and Insulin Resistance," The Obesity Society - Annual Conference, The Obesity Society, Washington D.C. (November 2009)

  • Ryan Sanberg, Josh Chacon, Merrill Funk, Steven Monson, Gary Mack, and Matthew Seeley. "Metabolic Evaluation of a Novel Spring-loaded Crutch Design," American College of Sports Medicine - Annual Meeting, American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA (May 2009)

Current Courses

KINE 4380 01 - Exercise Science Internship:
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KINE 1301 01 - Wellness:
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KINE 7320 91L - Independent Study:
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KINE 3370 02 - Biomechanics:
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