Benny Ruiz

Research Associate

Benny joined IHMC in June 2023 working with Dr. Marcas Bamman and the human performance team on the oxytocin project.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise science at the University of West Florida.  

His work as a graduate research assistant included managing the molecular and cellular exercise physiology laboratory. He also worked at Ascension Sacred Heart as a lab assistant and at Baptist Healthcare as an exercise physiologist. His graduate thesis focused on the effects of endurance exercise on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease type-2 diabetes. 

In his free time, Benny enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities, watching soccer and spending time with his wife and daughter.