Welcome

I’m currently an assistant professor of exercise physiology in the Department of Applied Health. I teach a variety of exercise science courses in both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 


My research team’s focus is on determining the link between obesity-induced lipotoxicity and the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and cirrhosis. Recently, in colloboration with Drs. Ken Witt and Karin Sandoval from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, we have expanded our research interests to include how the above liver dysfunctions lead to the development of neurodegenerative diseases (see our proposed model below). The overall goal of our lab is to provide both undergraduate and graduate students unique learning and training experiences that will prepare them for graduate and professional programs in exercise and biomedical-related sciences.


Wooten Slide


Laboratory Awards

Harris, M. - FASEB MARC Travel Award – Graduate Student Presentation Award, May, 2016

Hartke, R. - 2nd Place Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, Texas Chapter American College of Sports Medicine, February, 2016

Breden, M. - TACSM Undergraduate Major of the Year Award, Texas Chapter American College of Sports Medicine, February, 2016

Wooten, J.S. and Harris, M. - FASEB MARC Travel Award – Faculty/Mentor and Student Award, May, 2015

Wooten, J.S. - Vaughn Vandegrift URCA Research Mentor of the Semester, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Spring 2015

Poole, K. - FASEB MARC Travel Award – Undergraduate Student Presentation Award, February, 2015

Poole, K. - 3rd Place Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, Texas Chapter American College of Sports Medicine, February, 2015

Seija, A. - FASEB MARC Travel Award – Undergraduate Student Presentation Award, February, 2015

Seija, A. - TACSM Undergraduate Major of the Year Award, Texas Chapter American College of Sports Medicine, February, 2015

Nick, T. - 1st Place Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation and TACSM Undergraduate Major of the Year Award, Texas Chapter American College of Sports Medicine, February, 2014

Stout, K. - 2nd Place Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, Texas Chapter American College of Sports Medicine, February, 2014

Yoder, A. - 2nd Place Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, Texas Chapter American College of Sports Medicine, February, 2013


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