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Hsuan-Yu Wan

Hsuan-Yu Wan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Inspired by my background as an exercise physiologist and a competitive swimmer, my research interests include neural and humoral determinants for the development of muscle fatigue, in particular the respiratory muscles, and the control of breathing during exercise. My current research focus is on the actions and interactions of chemoreflex, baroreflex, and metaboreflex regarding the regulation of cardiorespiratory responses to exercise in healthy and disease states.         

hsuan-yu.wan@hsc.utah.edu

801.582.1565

Josh Weavil

Josh Weavil

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

As an integrative physiologist, my previous research focused on the influence of aging and disease on central and peripheral mechanisms of exercise-induced fatigue. Currently, my research focuses on the quantification of compounds within the interstitial space via skeletal muscle microdialysis, with the purpose of understanding the activity of group III/IV muscle afferents during exercise in both health and disease.    

j.weavil@utah.edu

801.582.1565

Catherine Jarrett

Catherine Jarrett

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Physical Activity Nutrition and Wellness, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
  • MS-RD, Nutrition, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
  • BS, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Research Interests

My research background began in a comparative vascular physiology lab and continued into applied exercise and nutrition sciences. Currently, I am interested in better understanding both cerebral and peripheral vascular health with aging and disease.  

catherine.jarrett@utah.edu

801.582.1565 ext 4127 (office)

Jesse Craig

Jesse Craig

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Kinesiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • MS, Kinesiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • BS, Kinesiology, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

Research Interests

I am interested in how the central and peripheral components of the cardiovascular system interact with peripheral metabolic pathways to establish adequate oxygen delivery to tissues. Specifically, how local factors such as reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide impact ‘upstream’ delivery and ‘downstream’ usage of oxygen in skeletal muscle/mitochondria in health and disease. The goal of my research is to gain a greater understanding of the mechanisms which contribute to dysfunction at the interface of the vascular and skeletal muscle systems.

jesse.craig@utah.edu

801.582.1565 ext 1949 (office)

Angela Valentina Bisconti

Angela Valentina Bisconti

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Integrative Biomedical Research, Universitá degli Studi di Milano, IT
  • MS, Exercise Science for Health, Universitá degli Studi di Milano, IT
  • BS, Exercise Science, Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, IT

Research Interests

My formative years as an exercise physiologist were founded upon defining the typical physiological profile for athletes in different sporting activities, utilizing functional evaluations such as oxygen uptake, oxygen delivery and utilization, vascular function, and neuromuscular activation. In this period, I also studied the impact of neuromuscular disorders on neuromuscular activation in response to various stimuli. Currently, as an integrative physiologist, my research is focused on 1) understanding the mechanism leading to vascular dysfunction occurring as a consequence of aging, 2) assessing the efficacy of various treatment options on vascular physiology in young and old, in both health and disease, and 3) evaluating the cardiovascular consequences of preeclampsia post childbirth.

angelavalentina.bisconti@utah.edu

801.582.1565 ext 1445 (office)

Jay Hydren

Jay Hydren

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Nutrition and Integrative Physiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • MS, Kinesiology: Exercise Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • BS, Kinesiology: Exercise Science, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Research Interests

My research interests focus on developing data sets, technologies and products to directly impact human health and performance. My training has continuity that revolves around human-based research with the goal of not only understanding the underlying physiology of screening tests, as well as nutritional, exercise, and treatment interventions, but is specifically aimed at generating scientific products to inform practitioners in a constructive manner to enhance evidence-based decision making, ultimately improving human health and performance. 

jay.hydren@hsc.utah.edu

801.582.1565 ext 1949 (office)

Michael Francisco

Michael Francisco

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Human Physiology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • MS, Human Physiology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • BS, Human Physiology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Research Interests

My previous research background focused on the skin blood flow responses to heat stress, chronic passive heat exposure and cardiovascular adaptation, and post-intervention (exercise and acute heat stress) hemodynamic responses. These lines of inquiry spurred my interest in the potential for environmental stressors to improve cardiometabolic health. I am currently interested in understanding the mechanisms of autonomic and vascular dysfunction in age-related diseases such as heart failure. Within this framework, I would like to explore therapeutic interventions that may improve cardiovascular and metabolic function in cardiovascular disease.

michael.francisco@utah.edu

650.279.5479 (mobile)

Caitlyn Fermoyle

Caitlyn Fermoyle

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering and Physiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • BA, Biology, Gustavas Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around oxygen transport limitations during exercise in age-related diseases. My doctoral research focused on cardiopulmonary limitations in patients with heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and ultramarathon runners. My current research focuses on mechanisms of vascular dynsfunction in aging, cardiovascular disease, and physical inactivity.

caitlin.fermoyle@utah.edu

801.582.1565

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Danilo Iannetta

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Human and Exercise Physiology, University of Calgary, Canada
  • MS, Exercise Physiology, University of Rome, Italy
  • BS, Sport Sciences, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy

Research Interests

danilo.iannetta@utah.edu

801.582.1565