Rodney Hansen

Rodney Hansen
Department of Athletic Training and Nutrition
1435 Village Drive Dept 2805
Weber State University
Ogden, UT 84408-2805
Fax 801-626-6228


Ragnar Relay

  RAGNAR Relay on Avon Pass in Utah

Green River

Fly fishing on the Green River in Utah

Current Teaching Assignments

NUTR 1020 - Science and Application of Human Nutrition

NUTR 1120 – Nutrition for the Athlete
NUTR 4420/6420 - Nutrition and Fitness
NUTR4320/6320 - Current Issues in Nutrition
NUTR 4520/6520 - Directed Undergraduate and Graduate Nutrition Research


Doctor of Philosophy (2003)
Colorado State University
Food Science and Nutrition

Master of Science (1993)
Colorado State University
Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Science (1986)
Idaho State University
Secondary Science Education

Current Research Projects

Ferritin levels and related inflammatory biomarkers in Division I Cross Country Runners

Selected Presentations last five years:

Hansen R and Hansen J. Potential Problems of Paleolithic Nutrition and the Elite Athlete. 2014(Mar) Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sandy, Utah 





























     I was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado.  After graduation from Fort Collins High School (Home of the Lambkins) I earned my undergraduate degree at Idaho State University where I was also a distance runner in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. I completed both my Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Colorado State University.
     My former professional experience includes teaching science and coaching track at the high school level (Poudre School District, Fort Collins, Colorado), and coaching Men’s and Women’s cross country, indoor track , and outdoor track at the College of Southern Idaho. I was also a research associate in the Veterinary Medicine Program at Colorado State University investigating how nutrition influences healing, cancer, arthritis and skin diseases. 
     In 2004, I was hired as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Weber State University.  I enjoy Utah and the outdoor opportunities to hunt, fly fish, ice fish, ski, hike, and back pack.  I am married to Julie Hansen, and we have a daughter (Russelle) and son (Isaac).  Julie is an Adjunct Instructor of Nutrition and is the Dietician for Weber State Athletics.


Professional Focus     

My primary teaching responsibilities include instruction in a general education course (Science and Application of Human Nutrition), sport nutrition (Nutrition for the Athlete) and instruction in three upper level nutrition courses (Current Issues in Nutrition, Directed Nutrition Research, and Nutrition and Fitness).
     My research interests have been largely centered on investigation of fatty acids in chronic disease progression and the use of omega 3 fatty acids as an adjunct treatment in these diseases. Currently my research interests have been investigating iron levels in Division I Cross Country Athletes.




Dawson MA, Hamson-Utley JJ, Hansen RA, Olpin M. Examining the effectiveness of psychological strategies on physiologic markers: Evidense-based suggestions for holistic care of the athlete. J Ath Training 2014;49(1) 000-000.

Schmolesky MT, Webb DL, Hansen RA.The effects of aerobic exercise intensity and duration on levels of Brain-Derived Neurotophic Factor in healthy men.   J Sports Sci Med 2013 Sept; 12: 502-511.

Hansen RA, Anderson C, Fettman MJ, LaRue SM, Davenport DJ, Gross KL, Richardson KL, Ogilvie GK. Menhaden oil administration to dogs treated with radiation for nasal tumors demonstrates lower levels of tissue eicosanoids.  J Nut Res 2011 Dec; 31: 929-936.

Herzog VW, Ruden T, Hansen RA, Smith M, Berry D.  Acclimatization to heat during preseason football practices at a Division I University: A pilot study. Int J of Allied Health Sciences and Prac. 2009; 7(2).

Hansen RA, Allen KGD, Pluhar EG, Ogilvie GK, Fettman MJ, Harris M. Fish Oil decreases matrix metalloproteinases in Knee synovia of dogs with inflammatory joint disease. J Nut Biochem 2008 Feb;19:101-108.

Perez MA, Hansen RA, Harris MA, Allen KGD. Dietary docosahexaenoic acid alters pregnant rat reproductive tissue prostaglandin and matrix metalloproteinase production. J Nut Biochem 2006 July;17:446-453.

Selting KA, Ogilvie GK, Gustafson DL, Long ME, Lana SE, Walton JA, Hansen RA, Turner AS, Laible I, Fettman MJ. Evaluation of the effects of dietary n-3 fatty acid supplementation on the pharmacokinetics of doxorubicin in dogs with lymphoma. Am J Vet Res 2006 Jan;67(1):145-151

Mueller RS, Fettmen MJ, Richardson KR, Hansen RA, Miller A, Magowitz J, Ogilvie GK. Plasma and skin concentrations of polyunsaturated fatty acids before and after supplementation with n-3 fatty acids in dogs with atopic dermatitis. Am J Vet Res 2005 May;66(5):868-873

Lana SE, Hansen RA, Kloer L, LaRue SM, Bachand AM, Ogilivie GK. The effects of oral glutamine supplementation on plasma glutamine concentrations and PGE2 concentrations in dogs experiencing radiation-induced mucositis. J Applied Res Vet Med 2004 Fall;1(4):259-65

Hansen RA, Savage CJ, Reidlinger K, Traub-Dargatz JL, Ogilvie GK, Mitchell D, Fettman MJ. Effects of dietary flaxseed oil supplementation on equine plasma fatty acid concentrations and whole blood platelet aggregation. J Vet Intern Med 2002 Jul-Aug;16(4):457-63

Jankowski MK, Ogilvie GK, Lana SE, Fettman MJ, Hansen RA, Powers BE, Mitchener KM, Lovett SD, Richardson KL, Parsley L, Walton JA. Matrix metalloproteinase activity in tumor, stromal tissue, and serum from cats with malignancies. J Vet Intern Med 2002 Jan-Feb;16(1):105-8

Kazmierski KJ, Ogilvie GK, Fettman MJ, Lana SE, Walton JA, Hansen RA, Richardson KL, Hamar DW, Bedwell CL, Andrews G, Chavey S. Serum zinc, chromium, and iron concentrations in dogs with lymphoma and osteosarcoma. J Vet Intern Med 2001 Nov-Dec;15(6):585-8

Harris MA, Hansen RA, Vidsudhiphan P, Koslo JL, Thomas JB, Watkins BA, Allen KG. : Effects of conjugated linoleic acids and docosahexaenoic acid on rat liver and reproductive tissue fatty acids, prostaglandins and matrix metalloproteinase production. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 2001 Jul;65(1):23-9

Leibman NF, Lana SE, Hansen RA, Powers BE, Fettman MJ, Withrow SJ, Ogilvie GK. Identification of matrix metalloproteinases in canine cutaneous mast cell tumors. J Vet Intern Med 2000 Nov-Dec;14(6):583-6

Selting KA, Ogilvie GK, Lana SE, Fettman MJ, Mitchener KL, Hansen RA, Richardson KL, Walton JA, Scherk MA. Serum alpha 1-acid glycoprotein concentrations in healthy and tumor-bearing cats. J Vet Intern Med 2000 Sep-Oct;14(5):503-6

Ogilvie GK, Fettman MJ, Mallinckrodt CH, Walton JA, Hansen RA, Davenport DJ, Gross KL, Richardson KL, Rogers Q, Hand MS. Effect of fish oil, arginine, and doxorubicin chemotherapy on remission and survival time for dogs with lymphoma: a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled study. Cancer 2000 Apr 15;88(8):1916-28

Lana SE, Ogilvie GK, Hansen RA, Powers BE, Dernell WS, Withrow SJ. Identification of matrix metalloproteinases in canine neoplastic tissue. Am J Vet Res 2000 Feb;61(2):111-4

Scardino MS, Swaim SF, Sartin EA, Hoffman CE, Ogilvie GK, Hansen RA, Coolman SL, & Davenport DJ. The effects of fatty acid diet enrichment on wound healing. Veterinary Dermatology 1999 10, 283-290.

Hansen RA, Ogilvie GK, Davenport DJ, Gross KL, Walton JA, Richardson KL, Mallinckrodt CH, Hand MS, Fettman MJ. Duration of effects of dietary fish oil supplementation on serum eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid concentrations in dogs. Am J Vet Res 1998 Jul;59(7):864-8

Last update:  May 2016