HNCC Lab - People
Jennifer Vranish, PhD
Jennie hails from Michigan, and attended Michigan State University to begin her undergraduate degree in Physiology. After transferring to the University of Arizona, she received her B.S. in Physiology in 2009. Having gained an appreciation for research and teaching, Jennie subsequently went on to pursue her masters degree in 2011, and ultimately a PhD in Physiology in 2015. Her dissertation work focused on a novel respiratory training program for the treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory dysfunction in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Jennie joined the Fadel lab in 2015 and her current projects include assessment of sex differences in response to prolonged sitting and racial differences in sympathetic vascular transduction. Outside of the lab, Jennie enjoys playing golf and fishing.
Jasdeep Kaur, PhD
Jasdeep is originally from Punjab, India. She received her BS in Biological Sciences and PhD in Physiology from Wayne State University, Michigan. Her dissertation work focused on whether muscle metaboreflex, an exercise reflex which raises blood pressure by increasing cardiac output and small regional vasoconstriction, also causes vasoconstriction of the ischemic muscle from which it originates. She further examined whether this vasoconstriction is exaggerated in heart failure. Jasdeep joined the Fadel lab in June 2016 and is currently investigating racial differences with muscle metaboreflex activation in young healthy adults. When not in lab, Jasdeep enjoys traveling and Indian classical music.
Thales Barbosa, PhD
Thales is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. He received his BS in Biomedical Sciences, MS and PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences from Fluminense Federal University, Niterói, Brazil. His dissertation work examined the roles of skeletal muscle afferents and arterial baroreceptors on cardiovascular responses in humans at the onset of cycling, and the role of skeletal muscle afferents on the exaggerated increase in blood pressure in hypertensive patients during cycling. Thales joined the Fadel lab in December 2016, and is currently investigating racial differences during muscle metaboreflex activation in young healthy adults. Besides having Exercise Physiology as a research focus, he participates in half-marathons regularly.
Research Assistants and Students
Benjamin Young, BS
Ben graduated with his Bachelors of Science from the Pennsylvania State University in early 2016. Prior to his arrival at UTA, he worked in Dr. James Pawelczyk’s autonomic physiology lab. Outside of the lab, Ben enjoys socializing with colleagues, watching movies, and staying recreationally active.
Brandi Stephens, BA
Brandi is originally from Denver, Colorado. She completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology at UT Arlington in 2015, where she studied the psychosocial aspects of those with cardiovascular disease; volunteering her time working as a health mentor in high risk neighborhoods. She is currently pursuing her Master’s to better understand cardiovascular control in the human body. Her ongoing research focuses on how acute nutritional manipulation of phosphate can affect changes in endothelial function and blood pressure responses during rest and exercise. She is also interested in measuring central aortic pressure and pulse wave velocity, both of which are vital in blood pressure management.
Auburn Johnson, BS
Auburn is an Arlington native and UTA alumna. Her interest in exercise physiology as an undergraduate inspired a continued pursuit in cardiovascular research. In her graduate work, she intends to investigate the role of peripheral blood mononuclear cells as it relates to oxidative stress in healthy and diseased populations. When not in the laboratory Auburn enjoys playing viola, painting and practicing yoga.