About Me - Research and Teaching
I am originally from a very small town in southeastern Indiana called Cedar Grove. I moved to Alabama for my job with the University in June of 2018. When I am not at work or at home with my family, I like to go hiking, fishing, golfing, camping, etc... I am also a big fan of college football and basketball, particularly my alma mater institutions: Purdue University and the University of Louisville. Of course, I also cheer for the University of Alabama athletics, so Boiler Up, Go Cards, and Roll Tide!!!
My research is focused on the alterations to immune cell function and vascular/muscular adaptations to resistance exercise training. My doctoral dissertation focused on macrophage infiltration and polarization in the development and progression of skeletal muscle fibrosis due to chronic inflammation and the efficacy of exercise training for mitigating these effects in mouse models. I currently utilize skills learned from my exercise science background and my physiology background to conduct similar research with human subjects. Two primary focal points in my current research are: 1) immunological and physiological adaptations to exercise in the cold and 2) the efficacy of blood flow restriction training for enhancing muscular growth with high intensity resistance exercise. Additionally, I have a strong research interest in immunological dysfunction in type II diabetics and how exercise mitigates this dysfunction.
KIN 507 - Lab Techniques in Physical Education
KIN 300 - Introduction to Kinesiology
KIN 492 - Physiology of Exercise
I have been married since June 2010 to my wife, Diana. I have 1 child, my son, Jordan, who was born in October 2016. I am an animal person and have had 2 cats that have been part of my family since 2011.