Rachele Pojednic, Ph.D., Ed.M is an assistant professor and program director of exercise science in Norwich University’s Health and Human Performance Department and a research associate at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Pojednic’s work examines nutrition and physical activity education for health care and fitness professionals as well as overall diet, supplementation and physical activity interventions on muscle physiology, chronic disease and healthy aging.
Pojednic received her doctorate from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. She also holds a Master of Education in Physical Education from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary and Exercise Science from Northeastern University. Her research at Tufts was completed in the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia laboratory at the U.S. Department of Argiculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, where she received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
While at Tufts, Pojednic examined the molecular interaction between human skeletal muscle and vitamin D and novel contributions of speed and velocity to overall muscular power with aging. Pojednic serves as co-chair of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Is Medicine® education committee, was the interim executive director for the Prescription for Activity Task Force, and serves on the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Industry Advisory Panel. She also works with the council to develop National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching-approved health coaching curriculum for clinicians, fitness professionals and universities.
In 2022, Pojednic received a ($24,939) Vermont Biomedical Research Network Pilot Award for her project “The Perceived Effect versus Biomarkers of Cannabidiol on Muscle Recovery in Active Adult Women.”
Pojednic has a passion for science communication and has been a consultant and writer for several organizations. Her work has appeared in Time, Popular Science, Self, Shape, Women's Health, Forbes, Runner’s World and Boston magazines.