Past Members

Melissa Keller

Melissa Keller

Hometown: Vista, CA

Previous degree: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the Department of Kinesiology at California State University Long Beach

Master’s thesis: The effect of the menstrual cycle on hemoglobin mass

Other interests: Love to go indoor rock climbing, share a meal with friends, watch The Office, and sip on a crisp IPA

Mercedes Nagel

Mercedes Nagel

Hometown: Lake Forest, IL

Previous degree: B.H.S., Furman University

Master’s thesis: The effect of a single session of intermittent hypoxia on erythropoietin and oxygen-carrying capacity

Other interests: The Office, Mindy Project, SNL, Chocolate milk, Bella, Bohdi, and Blue (my dogs)

Caitlin Jarrard

Caitlin Jarrard

Hometown: Madison, WI

Previous degree: B.S. in Kinesiology- Exercise and Movement Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Master’s thesis: Intermittent hypoxia attenuates ischemia-reperfusion injury

Other interests: I love spending time with my family and friends, doing outdoorsy activities, having a good glass of wine and cheese, and referencing F.R.I.E.N.D.S as often as possible.

Sahar Massoudian

Sahar Massoudian

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Previous degree: B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at Austin

Master’s thesis: Effect of Intermittent Hypoxia on Plasma Glucose Levels during an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

Other interests: I am highly interested in strength and conditioning and hope to work as a strength and conditioning coach for MMA athletes one day. I love weight training, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, watching football and MMA, and eating lots of good food.

Frank Wojan

Frank Wojan

Hometown: Tolono, IL

Previous degrees: B.S. in Pre-Physical Therapy, Dept. of Health and Human Services at Northern Illinois University; M.S. Ed., Dept. of Kinesiology at Northern Illinois University

Current project: Effect of a single session of intermittent hypoxia on hematological variables in healthy older individuals and patients with type 2 diabetes

Other interests: Discovering Austin’s amazing food selection, CrossFit, College Football, my one-year-old golden retriever named Larry, and finding the best IPAs the city has to offer

Sten Stray-Gundersen


Hometowns: Dallas, TX and Park City, UT

Previous Degrees: Bachelors in Biology and Economics, Dartmouth University; M.S. in Exercise Physiology, Dept. of Kinesiology at The University of Texas at Austin

Current Project: Influence of intermittent hypoxia on vascular function

Other interests: Enjoying all that Austin has to offer; playing soccer; skiing; biking mountain and road); hiking; hanging out with my dog, Purl; enjoying the great outdoors!