Justin Ryder, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Justin Ryder

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-3893

Office Address:
Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine
717 Delaware St. SE
Room 370H
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
717 Delaware St. SE
1932T - Room 370H
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Faculty Member, Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Associate Director of Research, Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine

PhD, Interdisciplinary Program: Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Wellness, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

MS, Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO


Justin Ryder, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Associated Director of Research for the Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine. Dr. Ryder is a clinical translational pediatric obesity researcher focused on understanding the intersection between obesity and chronic disease risk. His research program studies the short- and long-term impact pediatric obesity has on numerous organ systems with a primary goal of integrating state-of-the-art techniques in these populations in order to expedite our understanding of the health consequences of obesity. To this end, he leads a diverse research program with studies that range from observational to longitudinal cohort studies to novel treatments all aimed to improve the lives of children today and in the future who struggle with obesity. The interventional treatment studies are designed to target specific chronic diseases, particularly fatty liver and cardiovascular disease, using novel, biology-based treatments (e.g. pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery). The ultimate goal is to provide children with better treatments for the disease of obesity and often co-morbid disease conditions which impact their daily lives and long term health.