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Faculty Researchers


Dr. Melody Phillips joined the TCU Kinesiology Department in the fall of 2004. Her primary research interests focus on the role of exercise in modulating inflammatory responses as they relate to various disease states. She has investigated the influence of resistance training on the inflammatory profile (inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein) and glucose tolerance in postmenopausal and elderly women. She has also studied the influence of resistance training volume on oral glucose tolerance and its relationship with contraction-induced interleukin-6. Current work involves the influence of RT on changes in inflammatory protein and mRNA expression in subcutaneous adipose tissue and whole blood.

Dr. Jonathan Oliver finished his graduate studies at Texas A&M in 2011 and after a one-year post-doc, joined the TCU Kinesiology Department in January of 2013.  His interest is in applied physiology with an emphasis on the effects of resistance training on sport and military performance.  He has conducted studies involving creatine supplementation, the effect of varying intra-set rest intervals on hypertrophic responses, and hormonal changes in response to different resistance exercise protocols.  Current work includes the effect of DHA supplementation on concussion resistance and the effect of other nutritional supplements on resistance exercise performance and the prevention of muscle damage.


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