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About Dr. Matt Laye


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(208) 459-5164
J.A. Albertson Activities Center, 201


Exercise physiology, exercise metabolism, physical activity and health promotion 

Personal Statement

Dr. Laye received a B.S. from UC-Davis in Exercise Biology and a PhD from University of Missouri in Medical Physiology.  Prior to arriving at The College of Idaho he completed post-doctoral research at The Centre for Inflammation and Metabolism in Copenhagen Denmark and The Buck Center for Research on Aging in Northern California.  His previous research interests focus on how physical activity and inactivity alter age related chronic diseases through alterations in the metabolism and molecular pathway.  Dr. Laye has many active research interests which include a collaboration with the Emergency Responders Health Clinic in Boise identifying risk factors for firefighter injury, characterizing the physical activity levels of the campus community, and determine how physiological performance is modified by pyschological stressors and perception.  Most importantly Dr. Laye believes in motivating students to complete research projects which require autonomy, development of mastery, and a sense of purpose.  

Dr. Laye came to The College of Idaho to interact with students on a personal level in an environment where he could really get to know them and their interests both inside and outside of the classroom, especially on the playing field.  Dr. Laye believes the value of a liberal arts degree is not the facts that are taught, but the skills to be a confident learner, communicator, and analyzer of new information.   

Outside of College of Idaho, Matt remains a competitive runner having won the USA 100 mile Trail Championship in 2013 in a time of 13 hours 17 minutes.  He has run marathons on the roads and trails in 7 different countries with a personal best of 2:23:32 at the Boston Marathon.  

Professional Experience

The Buck Center for Research on Aging - Postdoc, 2012-2015

University of Copenhagen and Centre for Inflammation and Metabolism (Copenhagen, Denmark) - Postdoc, 2009-2012



  • Ph.D. Medical Physiology, University of Missouri
  • B.S. Exercise Biology, University of California - Davis