Current Members

Taha A. Alhalimi

Hometown: Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Previous Degrees: B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. M.S., Clinical Exercise Physiology, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Degree Seeking: PhD in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: the effect of exercise and other lifestyle modifications on cardiovascular function and how those modifications could reduce cardiovascular risk.

Career Goals: Teach as a professor while conducting research related to exercise physiology and cardiovascular risk reduction.

Other interests: Besides enjoying water activities, I like exporing natural places, volleyball, swimming, billiards, and traveling

 

Emily Dunlap

Hometown: Boston, MA

Previous Degrees: B.S. and Certificate of Physical Therapy, Simmons College

Degree Seeking: PhD in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: Effects of aquatic exercise on functional outcomes for a variety of populations

Career goals: Provide a significant contribution to the body of evidence supporting aquatic exercise therapy. International teaching. Development of local Austin nonprofit organization that will provide assisted aquatic group exercise for underserved populations

 

Brandon Fico

FicoHometown: Pembroke Pines, FL

Previous Degrees: B.S., Exercise Science, Florida Atlantic University; M.S., Exercise Physiology, Florida Atlantic University

Degree Seeking: Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: Vascular Function, Autonomic Function, Inflammation, Obesity, and Exercise & Dietary Interventions

Career Goals: Continue working in academia by becoming a professor and conducting research related to cardiovascular physiology

Other Interests: Running, cycling, traveling, movies, foodie

 

Drew Gourley

HGourleyometown: Watson, LA

Previous Degrees: B.S., Human Movement Science, Louisiana State University; M.S., Exercise Science, Southeastern Louisiana University

Degree Seeking: Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: Effects of exercise and other lifestyle behaviors on cardiovascular function

Career Goals: Teach as a professor and complete research in the field of Exercise Physiology

Other Interests: Cycling, running, hiking, camping, and traveling

 

Melanie Heath

Hometown: Lake Orion, MI

Previous Degree: B.S., Clinical Exercise Science from Grand Valley State University

Degree Seeking: M.S. in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: The effect of exercise and other lifestyle behaviors on cardiovascular function and the development of chronic disorders

Career Goals: Teach as a professor while conducting research related to exercise physiology and cardiovascular health

Other Interests: Volleyball, bulldogs, and anything that involves Harry Potter or large cups of coffee

Jonathan Kava

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Previous Degree: B.S., Kinesiology from Oregon State University

Degree Seeking: M.S in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: Improving non-invasive tests of autonomic neuropathy and how exercise interventions can improve cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary health.

Career Goal: Attend medical school to pursue cardiology or pulmonology.

Other interests: Volunteer search and rescue through Texas Search and Rescue, hiking, swimming.

Jenna King

Hometown: Ames, Iowa

Previous Degree: M.S. in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: The effect of exercise and its role in cardiac health in populations with chronic disorders

Career Goals: Teach as a professor and continue research on exercise physiology and how exercise can be used as medicine for various populations

Other Interests: Cycling, live music, coffee, sports, and food trucks

Savanah Wooten

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Previous Degree: Indiana University, Bloomington, B.S. in Biology; University of Miami, M.S. in Clinical and Applied Exercise Physiology

Degree Seeking: PhD in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: Design and implementation of prehabilitative training programs which serve to increase functional capacity and reduce disease risk

Career Goals: To become an established professor in kinesiology using exercise as medicine for the betterment of clinical populations

Other Interests: In addition to being a major foodie, I love painting, drawing, traveling, music, hiking, yoga, dogs and a good glass of wine