Teaching and Mentoring

Didactic Teaching

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Kent State University
Kent, OH

August 2008- May 2009


  • Taught three sections of Anatomy & Physiology 2, which involved both lecture and lab experience in cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, digestive, and endocrine physiology. This was the first semester this course was offered. Course content was presented in hand-out, power point lecture, chalkboard, and anatomical models.

  • Taught Weight Training lecture and lab using the NSCA textbook.

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St. Francis de Sales High School
Toledo, OH

August 2009- June 2010

  • Taught two Chemistry and two Physical Science classes to 10th and 11th grade students. All classes had lab once per week. Courses used SmartBoard technology, power point lectures, whiteboard, teacher demonstration, hands-on experiments, computer simulation, and videos.

  • Served as Director of Strength and Conditioning: Supervised fitness center, developed training programs, purchased and maintained equipment, educated coaches

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Penn State University College of Medicine
Hershey, PA

summer 2012- present


  • Problem Based Learning facilitator (Cardiology, Reproductive)

  • Integrative physiology, five cardiovascular lectures to graduate students

  • Coronary physiology lecture for cardiology fellows

  • Laboratory Mentoring

Mentored Students:

1. Hardikkumar “Henry” Patel,
PSU medical student,
summer 2012-summer 2015

Was awarded “Outstanding Achievement in Basic Research”, PSUCOM Class of 2015

Currently: cardiologist in Orange, California

Published 3 first-author manuscripts on aging and sex differences in response to voluntary apnea

2. James Pagana,
PSU medical student,
fall 2012

• Currently: attending physician in family medicine, Selinsgrove, PA

3. Yongsuk Seo,
Kent State graduate student,
fall 2009-summer 2013

• Currently: Pohang University of Science and Technology

• Published 1 first-author manuscript on cognitive responses to cold water immersion

4. Matt Heffernan,
research technician,
summer 2012-summer 2014

• Currently: cardiology fellow at Deborah Heart and Lung Center

• Published 2 first-author manuscripts on forearm blood flow responses to mental stress and apnea

5. Brittney Randolph,
summer 2013-summer 2014

• Currently: head field hockey coach at Mercyhurst University

• Published 1 first-author manuscript on blood flow responses to apnea in postmenopausal women

6. Amanda Ross,
PSU graduate student,
fall 2013-present

• Currently: Postdoc at Penn State Hershey- Neuroscience

• Published 2 first-author manuscript on aging, PAD and coronary blood flow

7. Jon Pollock,
PSU medical student,
winter 2014

• Currently: cardiologist in Air Force, Mississippi

• Published 1 first-author paper on hypoxic vasodilation in older men

8. Zhijun Li,
PSU Radiology visiting scholar (graduate student),
winter 2014-summer 2016

• Currently: radiologist in China

• Focused on functional MRI development for skeletal muscle oxygenation in PAD patients

9. Alvaro Vargas Pelaez,
PSU medical student,
fall 2014- summer 2017

• Currently: cardiology fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

• Was awarded “Outstanding Achievement in Basic Research”, PSUCOM Class of 2017

• Published 1 first-author manuscript on Doppler methodology and responses to adrenergic agonists

10. J. Carter Luck,
research technician,
winter 2015-summer 2017

• Currently: research technician at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute

• Was awarded STRIDE fellowship through American Physiological Society, summer 2015

• Hired as research technologist for 2015-2017; focused on near infrared spectroscopy in PAD patients

11. Nathan Winkler,
Central Michigan medical student, summer 2015

• Currently: general surgery resident at Michigan State

• Focused on skeletal muscle blood flow and oxygenation and walking impairment questionnaire

12. Zach Kerns,
Baltimore Veterans Affairs,
fall 2014 – present

• Currently: aerospace physiologist in San Antonio

• MARC ACSM mentee, 2014

13. Danielle Jin-Kwang Kim,
spring 2015- present

• Currently: senior scientist at Abiomed, Danvers, Massachusetts

• Focused on arterial stiffness in PAD

14. Stephan Maman,
spring 2016-present

• Currently: anesthesia resident at George Washington University

• Focused on coronary responses to isometric handgrip and adrenergic antagonists

• Also focused on community engagement intervention to improve recruitment in patients with PAD

15. Carolina Raines,
fall 2017- present

• Currently: research assistant at Cedars Sinai Medical Center

ACSM EOPIG mentoring and career guidance

16. Kate Levenberg,
fall 2018- present

• Currently: 4th year medical student at Penn State University

Focused on community engagement in PAD