Current and Previous Students

Current Students

Kaylee Poole, Undergraduate Research Assistant (URCA) and Student in Pre-Pharmacy

Kaylee is a sophomore undergraduate student in the Pre-Pharmacy program at SIUe. Kaylee started in the lab as a research assistant Spring 2014 and is actively studying the effects of physical activity on hepatic glucose and lipid metabolism during weight-loss. Kaylee plans to present her research at the annual meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in February 2015.


Andrew Seija, Undergraduate Research Assistant (URCA) and Student in Exercise Science

Andrew is a junior undergraduate student in the Exercise Science program at SIUe. Andrew started in the lab as a research assistant Spring 2014 and is actively studying the effects of physical activity on hepatic inflammation during weight-loss. Andrew plans to present her research at the annual meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in February 2015. 


Past Students

Kelsey Stout, Undergraduate Research Assistant (URCA) and Student in Exercise Science

Kelsey graduated from the undergraduate Exercise Science program at SIUe in May 2014. Kelsey started in the lab as a research assistant Spring 2013 and was actively exploring the effects of high-fructose consumption during weight-loss on hepatic lipid and glucose metabolism. Kelsey presented her research at the 2014 annual meeting of Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in Ft. Worth, TX.  At the meeting, Kelsey was awarded 2nd place for her research poster presentation entitled "The lipogenic effect of high-fructose consumption on NAFLD during weight loss.”  She also presented her work at the 2014 national meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orldando, FL. Kelsey is currently attending Bradley University for doctoral studies in physical therapy.

TACSM 2014


Tayler Nick, Undergraduate Research Assistant (URCA) and Student in Exercise Science

Tayler graduated from the undergraduate Exercise Science program at SIUe in May 2014. Tayler started in the lab as a research assistant Spring 2013 and focused her studies on the effects of a high-fat diet composed of omega-3 fatty acids on hepatic lipid and glucose metabolism.  Tayler presented her research at the 2014 annual meeting of Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in Ft. Worth, TX.  At the meeting, Tayler was awarded 1st place for her research poster presentation entitled "Independent and combined effects of Menhaden oil and high fructose on hepatic lipid metabolism.”  She also presented her work at the 2014 national meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orldando, FL.  Tayler is currently a graduate student and graduate teaching assistant at SIUE in the M.S. Exercise Physiology program.


R. Quinton Peters, Undergraduate Research Assistant (URCA) and Student in Exercise Science

Quinton is a senior undergraduate student in the Exercise Science program at SIUe. He started in the lab as a research assistant Fall 2013 and has played an essential role with determining tissue meteabolic analyses. Quinton is presently attending Bradley University to earn his doctorate in physical therapy. 


Justin Stout, Graduate Research Assistant and Student in Exercise Physiology

Justin joined SIUe and the Exercise Physiology Laboratory in the Fall of 2011 after completing his B.S. in Exercise Science from Murray State University. Justin was a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. In addition, Justin as served as the lab manager, supervising both undergraduate and graduate research. Justin presented a research poster entitled "Effects of weight loss and maintenance on hormones associated with hunger and satiety" at the 2013 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. Justin graduated Summer 2013 as is presently working in cardiac rehabilitation.


Alissa Yoder, Undergraduate Research Assistant (URCA) and Student in Biomedical Science

Alissa is a senior undergraduate student in the Biomedical Science program at SIUe. Alissa was a research assistant Fall 2012-Summer 2013 and was active in the lab's role of analyzing plasma markers for the Weight Management Clinic. In addition, Alissa was actively invoved with the analysis of cardiac and hepatic tissue metabolism from obese/diabetic and human apo E3/4 knock-in mice. Alissa presented her research at the 2013 annual meeting of Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in Austin, TX.  At the meeting, Alissa was awarded 2nd place for her research poster presentation entitled "Effects of Human Apolipoprotein E3 and E4 Genotypes on Cardiometabolic Risk."


Christopher (Max) Orris, Undergraduate Research Assistant (URCA) and Student in Exercise Science

Max graduated from SIUe with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Max worked in the lab as a research assistant the Fall 2012 semester and was active in analyzing plasma markers for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and appetite regulation from the Weight Management Clinic. Following graduation, started his attendance at Logan College of Chiropractic University Programs.


Michael Holly, Graduate Teaching Assistant and Student in Exercise Physiology

Michael joined SIUe and the Exercise Physiology Laboratory in the Fall of 2010. Micahel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education and completed his thesis and graduate studies in the Spring of 2012. Michael presented his thesis entitled "Peak Oxygen Uptake is Negatively Associated with Total Heart Disease Risk Factors in Obese Adults Free of Diagnosed Heart Disease" at both the 2012 Graduate School Research Symposium and as a research poster at the 2012 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Michael is presently attenting physical therapy school at the University of Kentucky.


Lauren Merz, Undergraduate Intern and Student in Exercise Science

Lauren worked in the lab Fall 2011 to Spring 2012 semester as an intern. She was actively involved in a collaborative project with the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences studying the effects of a peroxynitrite catabolizing agent on hepatic steatosis and type 2 diabetes. Lauren presented a research poster entitled "SR-135, A Peroxynitrite Decomposing Catalyst, Reduces Pos-Prandial Lipemia in B6D2F1 Mice Fed an Obesogenic Diet" at the 2012 Graduate School Resrach Symposium.  Following graduation, Lauren started her graduate studies at SIUE in exercise physiology.