PhD Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant MSc in Science and Medicine of Athletic Performance NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist ACSM Michael L. Pollock Scholar
I studied chemistry at Swarthmore College. Because it was a liberal arts college, our professors encouraged us to explore the possible applications of our knowledge to topics we were passionate about. I was interested in medicine but I found it even more interesting that preventive lifestyle modifications early in life could reduce the risk of disease before it even occurs. I was also a varsity cross-country runner and fascinated by the physiological processes that occur during exercise. So I decided to pursue a career in the field of exercise physiology. Working in Dr. Pescatello's laboratory has given me a number of amazing opportunities. What I've enjoyed most is the opportunity to study exercise not only at the intricate physiological level of genes, proteins, and vascular physiology, but also the level of practical applications by doing translational research applying our knowledge to improve the efficacy of exercise to prevent disease at the population level.