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Faculty Researchers


Dr. Joel Mitchell has been at TCU since 1988, and has focused primarily on projects dealing with fluid balance and thermoregulation during exercise, particularly in warm environments. He has investigated various fluid replacement regimens during and after dehydrating exercise and the effects of heat stress and heat acclimation on stress protein and immune function. Other projects conducted by Dr. Mitchell have dealt with the influence of acute and chronic exercise on immune system function, and exercise as a means of decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Research funding has been obtained from internal grants as well as external support from various corporate and foundation sources.

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 other nutritional supplements on resistance exercise performance and the prevention of muscle damage.


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