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Graduate Students


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susannah Scaroni, B.S.

Graduate Student, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Email: scaroni1@illinois.edu

Education & Professional Experience

  • 2011 A.A., Chemistry and Health Sciences at Carroll College (Helena, MT)
  • 2014 B.S., Dietetics at the University of the Illinois Urbana-Champaign  (Urbana, IL)

About

Susannah has  a research interest in the area of nutrition and exercise performance. Specifically, the identification of more effective nutritional strategies to enhance exercise performance and/or prevent injuries in athletes and individuals. In addition to this, she has an interest in identification of unique nutritional needs of athletes with physical disabilities.

Hobbies

Developing homemade granola recipes.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amadeo Félix Salvador, M.S.

Graduate Student, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Area of Study: Exercise Physiology

Email: amadeos2@illinois.edu

Education & Professional Experience

  • 2013 B.S. Physical Education. Santa Catarina State University (Florianopolis, SC, Brazil)
  • 2015 M.S., Human Movement Science. Santa Catarina State University (Florianopolis, SC, Brazil)

About

Amadeo has a research interest in the area of nutrition and exercise performance. Specifically, he has an interest in identification of preconditioning and nutritional strategies for optimal performance in team sport athletes. In addition, Amadeo has experience in strength and conditioning training for football athletes. His current research focus is on identifying novel nutritional strategies to fuel endurance athletes.

Hobbies

Samurai sword collecting.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colleen McKenna, M.S., RD

Graduate Student, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Area of Study: Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism

Email:  cmckenn9@illinois.edu

Education & Professional Experience

  • 2016 B.S. Dietetics, University of Dayton (Dayton, OH)
  • 2017 M.S. Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX)
  • 2017 Dietetic Internship, University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX)

About

Research interests include nutrient utilization through diet and exercise modulation. Colleen has experience in dietary interventions and skeletal muscle physiology. Specifically, she seeks to investigate lifestyle strategies that promote positive health outcomes through improvements in muscle metabolism.

Hobbies

Fantasy tabletop role-playing games such as D&D.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Paulussen, M.S.

Graduate Student, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Area of Study: Exercise Physiology

Email:  kevinjp3@illinois.edu

Education & Professional Experience

  • 2012-2016 B.S. Biomedical Sciences. Maastricht University (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 2016-2017 M.S. Human Movement Sciences. Maastricht University (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 2017-2018 Research Assistant. Institute of sports and exercise studies. HAN University of Applied Sciences (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

About

Kevin has a research interest in nutrition and exercise performance and metabolism. He received research training from the Muscle Metabolism Maastricht (M3) research unit with Professor Luc van Loon and the Sports & Exercise Nutrition group with Dr. Jan-Willem van Dijk. He has a particular interest in studying muscle metabolism and the use of stable isotope tracers to improve health and performance in both healthy and pathological populations and to better understand the holistic response of humans to exercise and nutrition.

Hobbies

Watching reruns of 1990’s cereal commercials on youtube.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafael Alamilla, B.S.

Graduate Student, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Area of Study: Exercise Physiology

Email: rafaela3@illinois.edu

Education & Professional Experience

  • 2018 B.S. Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA)

About

Rafael has research interests in exercise performance, muscle physiology and nutrition. More specifically, identifying nutritional and exercise interventions to maximize lean body mass in healthy adults. Additionally, he seeks to investigate strategies to maintain lean body mass in diseased populations. Rafael has experience in exercise performance and fitness assessment.

Hobbies

Model train layout consulting.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Kesler, M.S.

Graduate Student, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Area of Study: Exercise Physiology

Email:  rkesler2@illinois.edu

Education & Professional Experience

  • 2011 B.S., Bioengineering, Biomechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2013 M.S., Bioengineering, Biomechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2013-Present Research Scientist, Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

About

Richard is a member of the IFSI Research team at the Illinois Fire Service Institute. His research focuses on biomechanics, health, and physical performance, specifically examining the physiological demands of firefighting activity and the impact of firefighting equipment on the firefighter. Richard is also a volunteer firefighter with the Savoy Fire Department and is the head of physical training for the Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Basic Operations Firefighter Academy. His current research is examining the effects of firefighting on muscle protein remodeling, repair, and recovery.

Hobbies

Riding roller coasters at county fairs.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Askow, M.S., USAW-II

Graduate Student, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Area of Study: Exercise Physiology

Email:  askow2@illinois.edu

Education & Professional Experience

  • 2017 B.S., Exercise and Sport Science, University of Wisconsin-La Cross (La Cross, WI)
  • 2018-2019, Lab Coordinator, The Sport Science Center at Texas Christian University (Forth Worth, TX)
  • 2019 M.S., Kinesiology, Texas Christian University (Forth Worth, TX)

About

Andy’s research interest centers around the adaptation to resistance exercise. Specifically, he seeks to investigate training strategies that optimize performance and functional capacity in both athletes and general exercisers. Andy also has experience in strength and conditioning for a variety of sports.

Hobbies

Collecting old stock vintage wallpaper rolls.