Growing up where I did, I gained a strong desire to respect and understand anatomy and physiology of the body. During my graduate work I gained a huge respect for the heart but also a major interest in trying to unlock some of the answers regarding "what are the factors that cause the heart to decrease its ability to pump blood as we get older?". Currently my lab has determined when these changes begin and we are now turning towards discovering the things that cause the heart to age.
After obtaining my PhD at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville I worked for 3 years doing research in the area of exercise and the aging heart at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis MO. Over the past 18 years I've been performing research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with my lab in the Laboratory of Systems Physiology.