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Faculty Researchers

Dr. Meena Shah joined the TCU Kinesiology Department in 2001. Her primary focus is on the role of diet and exercise on the risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. She has investigated the effects of diets of different composition and/or exercise interventions on body weight, lipids, lipoprotein particle numbers, glycemic control, endothelial dysfunction, and blood pressure. Her secondary focus is on the effect of eating behaviors such as eating speed on energy intake and hormones that control appetite. She has also examined the effect of the eating environment such as menu labels on food choices. A number of her studies have been conducted in minority populations including Hispanics, African-Americans, and South Asians. Dr. Shah was awarded the Deans’ Research Award in 2013. In 2016-2017, Dr. Shah went on a sabbatical and worked as a Visiting Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center to study the factors that contribute to the high incidence of type 2 diabetes in South Asians.

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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