Postdoctoral Fellows

Hsuan-Yu Wan, PhD

Hsuan-Yu Wan, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Human Performance, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • MS, Exercise Physiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • BS,VMD, Veterinary Medicine, Chung-Hsing University, Taichung City, Taiwan

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.         

Contact

Phone: 801.582.1565 ext 4333 (office)
Email: hsuan-yu.wan@hsc.utah.edu

      

Josh Weavil, PhD

Josh Weavil, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Exercise and Sports Science,  University of Utah, SLC, UT
  • MS, Exercise Physiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • BS, Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC;

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.    

Contact

Phone: 801.582.1565 ext 1455 (office)
Email: j.weavil@utah.edu

Kanokwan "Mandy" Bunsawat, PhD

Kanokwan "Mandy" Bunsawat, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • BS, Exercise Science, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Research Interests

My research interests are to understand the autonomic and vascular mechanisms underlying exercise intolerance and the development of cardiovascular disease in clinical populations or in populations at increased risk for incident cardiovascular disease. My previous research background focused on various topics, including autonomic function, arterial stiffness, and post-exercise hypotension in populations such as obesity, Down Syndrome, and aging. Expanding upon my previous research interests, my current research focus is on further understanding the vascular and autonomic mechanisms underlying exercise intolerance in aging and age-related diseases, including heart failure.  

Contact

Phone: 801.582.1565 ext 1951 (office)
Email: kanokwan.bunsawat@hsc.utah.edu

Catherine Jarrett, PhD

Catherine Jarrett, PhD

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.  

Contact

Phone: 801.582.1565 ext 4127 (office)
Email: catherine.jarrett@utah.edu

Jesse Craig, PhD

Jesse Craig, PhD

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.

Contact

Phone: 801.582.1565 ext 1949 (office)
Email: jesse.craig@utah.edu

Angela Valentina Bisconti, PhD

Angela Valentina Bisconti, PhD

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.

Contact

Phone: 801.582.1565 ext 1445 (office)
Email: angelavalentina.bisconti@utah.edu

Jay Hydren, PhD

Jay Hydren, PhD

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. 

Contact

Phone: 801.582.1565 ext 1949 (office)
Email: jay.hydren@hsc.utah.edu

Alec McKenzie, PhD

Alec McKenzie, PhD

Alec I. McKenzie, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • MS, Kinesiology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
  • BS, Kinesiology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 

Research Interests

My research interests include studying the physiological underpinnings responsible for mediating skeletal muscle and vascular dysfunction during periods of physical disuse, and also translating these understandings in order to promote healthy physical functioning of older adults.

Contact

Phone: 801.582.1565 ext xxxx (office)
Email: alec.mckenzie@utah.edu

Michael Francisco, PhD

Michael Francisco, PhD

Mike Francisco, PhD

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.

Contact

Phone: 650.279.5479 (mobile)
Email: michael.francisco@utah.edu

Caitlyn Fermoyle, PhD

Caitlyn Fermoyle, PhD

Caitlin Fermoyle, PhD

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.

Contact

Phone: 801.582.1565
Email: caitlin.fermoyle@utah.edu

Matt Lewis, PhD

Matt Lewis, PhD

Matt Lewis, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • PhD, Physiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • BS, Honors Biology, University of Michigan, Flint, MI

Research Interests

My research interests center on the integration of multiple physiological systems, in particular the cardiovascular and skeletal muscle systems, in health and disease. During exercise, muscle metabolic demand requires oxygen supply from the cardiovascular system, together supporting muscle work. My interests involve utilizing quantitative measures of function at the muscle and cardiovascular levels to guide our understanding of conditions plagued by impaired fatigability, daily activity, and ultimately quality of life. 

Contact

Phone: 801.582.1565
Email: matthew.lewis@utah.edu