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: Hemodynamic effects of water immersion and aquatic exercise that influence positive outcomes.

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 exploring 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

Other interests: Hiking, camping, kayaking, mountain biking, or any type of outdoor adventure

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

Tianyu Wang

Hometown: Hebei, China

Previous Degrees: B.Ed. in Kinesiology, Tianjin University of Sport

Degree Seeking: M.S. in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: (Digital health and exercise) Collaborate with multidisciplinary fields to develop mobile application in the attempt to implement the multimodality prehabilitation for abdominal cancer patients awaiting elective surgery

Career goals: To become a specialist in exercise and health science field and bridge over the gap between exercise science and the general public

Other interests: Cooking, tennis, language learning, music

Natalie McLaurin

Hometown: Frisco, TX

Previous Degrees: B.S. in Exercise Physiology, Wichita Falls, TX; B.S. in Biology, Wichita Falls, TX

Degree Seeking: M.S. in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: The effect of exercise on the cardiovascular system and how lifestyle modifications can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

Career goals: To teach as a professor and contribute to the growing body of research that can be used as a form of medicine

Other interests: I love listening to music, eating good food, traveling, running, and watching movies

Cameron Dulsky

Hometown: San Carlos, CA

Previous Degrees: B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Degree Seeking: M.S. in Exercise Physiology

Research Interests: The effects of exercise training on cardiovascular function in cancer populations and for the reduction of chronic diseases

Career goals: To work with cancer patients and chronic disease populations utilizing exercise to improve quality of life

Other interests: I love anything that involves being outdoors like hiking, running, and playing pickup basketball. I love to explore all the foot and craft beer Austin has to offer