Tyler Barker, PhD,
graduated from the University of Utah prior to receiving his MS and PhD degrees from Kansas State University and Oregon State University. During his dissertation work at OSU and The Linus Pauling Institute, he studied the influence of vitamins E and C on oxidative/nitrative stress, inflammatory cytokines, and skeletal muscle dysfunction (size and strength) in patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament surgery. From this experience, he developed a passion for the application of basic research findings in redox and inflammatory biology to the clinical and physiological settings. He has applied this passion to our long-term research objective of identifying the medical implications of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species and inflammatory cytokines on clinical- and research-based outcomes. He is currently conducting several studies examining the influence of vitamin D on inflammation, redox biology, and clinical outcomes on diverse conditions in elderly and young adults.
Bill McDermott, PhD,
received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and his MS (Motor Control) and PhD (Motor Control/Biomechanics) from the University of Massachusetts. His specific areas of research focus on the etiology, prevention, and recovery of lower extremity injuries; the interplay between movement mechanics, economy, and overuse injuries; and the adaptations that are made to movement control in response to various factors that include pain or weakness following surgery, total joint replacements, or using a prosthetic device.
Jim Walker, PhD,
is a Montana native and Director of Sport Science. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Exercise and Sport Science from Montana State University, Arizona State University, and the University of Utah respectively. His specialty interest is in the coupling of the physiology and biomechanics of sprint and distance running. He is a former Olympic Trials qualifying distance runner and collegiate cross country coach with a continuing interest in aiding athletes and coaches improve performance and reduce their risk of injury.
Ashley Hagensick, MS, Sports Dietitian, was a Division I high jumper and heptathlete at the
University of Oklahoma. She went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nutrition
and a master’s degree in education. She has worked with student-athletes at the
University of Oklahoma and University of Utah and is a board certified
specialist in Sports Dietetics. Ashley
enjoys working specifically with endurance athletes.