Current Doctoral Students

Paul Baker

Nutrition and Food Science

Paul’s Vita

Paul Baker
  • Physiological & metabolic adaptations to nutritional and/or exercise interventions in humans
  • High altitude

Paul is a doctoral student in the nutrition and food sciences Ph.D. program working under Dr. Berryman. Paul graduated with his B.S. in Exercise Science and M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky. During his Master’s, Paul obtained plenty of teaching and research experience working under excellent faculty.  The experience encouraged him to purse a Ph.D. and make an impactful difference going forward. Paul’s long-term career goal is to work as an assistant professor, teaching and performing research.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, traveling, weight lifting, paddle boarding, and long walks on the beach.

David Barney

Nutrition and Food Science

David’s Vita

  • Dietary iron absorption and endurance performance
  • Micronutrient metabolism
  • Applied human performance research

David is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, studying Nutrition Science under Dr. Stephen Hennigar. He graduated from the College of William & Mary with B.S. degrees in Kinesiology and Biology, and he received an M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology from Florida State. Throughout his academic pursuits, David has maintained an interest in applying science to endurance performance. Currently, he studies the role of inflammation from exercise in the development of iron deficiency in long distance runners. David hopes to continue down a career path of contributing to the performance of endurance athletes.

David is a lifelong runner, competing in the NCAA for William & Mary as an undergraduate and FSU as a master’s student. He continues to train competitively and works as a graduate assistant for the FSU cross country team. When he’s not in lab or on the trails, David enjoys listening to live music and cooking (like any good nutrition scientist).

Ann Centner

Nutrition and Food Science

Anne’s Vita

Ann Centner
  • Molecular aging of the vascular system (the main cause of cardiovascular disease)
  • How nutrition can be used to prevent/cure disease states

Ann received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s from the University of Georgia in Consumer Foods and Food Technology, respectively. Her Master’s degree was completed online while working full-time as a Family & Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension Agent in Southwest Georgia. Her capstone was on “The Rise of Gluten-Free.” She aspires towards a career in academia, teaching students and researching, making an impact on people and the world around her.

During her undergraduate career in Athens she was a taste tester in an almond shelf-life acceptability study and ran cross country and track. In her free time, she enjoys distance running, going to the gym, and cooking.

Holly Clarke

Exercise Physiology

Holly’s Vita

Holly Clarke
  • Hydration
  • Thermoregulation
  • Relationship between hydration / metabolism

Holly is a doctoral student within the Human Sciences department, studying within the field of Exercise Physiology. Prior to attending FSU, Holly received both her Undergraduate and Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Auburn University at Montgomery as an international student. Some of her research interests include hydration and thermoregulation, with a specific interest in the relationship between hydration and metabolism in varying populations.  Holly aspires to stay within the field of academia, looking to both teach and conduct research within a university setting.

Holly was born and raised in Norwich, a city located in England. She came to America as a student athlete, playing soccer for her previous institution during her Undergraduate and consequently coaching whilst completing her Master’s degree. She loves to watch all sporting events and is still an avid fan of her alma mater. In her spare time, Holly enjoys catching up with friends, family, traveling and reading academic journals.

Abigail Cullen

Exercise Physiology

Abigail’s Vita

Abigail Cullen
  • Effects of radiation on the cardiovascular system (specifically vascular smooth muscle cells)
  • Role of antioxidants in preventative measurements to attenuate damage caused by ROS
  • Role of adiponectin in vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation/migration in the development of atherosclerosis

Growing up near the Kennedy Space Center created a love for space exploration. I hope to join the team at NASA studying the effects of zero gravity and radiation exposure on the cardiovascular system in order to help make the trip to Mars a reality. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Florida State University in 2016. During my undergrad career I gained research experience working at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the College of Human Sciences, and the College of Medicine. In graduate school, I have worked on a NASA study measuring the effect of zero gravity on the carotid and jugular veins, and I am now looking into the role of adiponectin in vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation and differentiation in association with atherosclerosis.

I am an avid reader and love to hike.

Alan Dawson

Nutrition and Food Science

Alan’s Vita

Alan Dawson
  • Nutrition interventions targeted to optimize human performance and enhance recovery from physical and operational stress
  • Dietary supplements that may provide cognitive and metabolic advantages to the warfighter

Alan is a doctoral student in the Nutrition Science program working under the mentorship of Dr. Claire Berryman. After completing his B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Winthrop University, Alan received his Active Duty commission in the US Army where he earned his M.S. in Nutrition from the US Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition. Alan was later selected to complete his Ph.D while remaining an Active Duty Army Dietitian. After earning his Ph.D, Alan hopes to lead human performance optimization research for the Army and Department of Defense.

When not in the lab, Alan can be found spending time with his wife and two sons.

Shiloah Fuller

Exercise Physiology

Shiloah’s Vita

Shiloah Fuller
  • Metabolism
  • Body composition
  • Human performance in military and endurance Athletes
  • Environmental and stress physiology
  • Sympathetic nervous system response to exercise and stress
  • Sports nutrition and supplementation

Shiloah is a doctoral student in the exercise physiology Ph.D. program working under Dr. Ormsbee at the Institute of Sport Sciences at Florida State University. Shiloah received her baccalaureate in kinesiology, as well as her masters in exercise physiology and nutrition, and completed her dietetics program at San Diego State University.  After graduate school, Shiloah went on to work for the U.S. Navy as a research physiologist and nutritionist in a biobehavioral sciences lab, focusing on human performance and War Fighter readiness. She also worked as a research coordinator on a large-scale study examining blast exposure and it physiological and psychological detriments in U.S. Navy SEALS. Her interests are body composition and performance, specifically in endurance sports and environmental extremes.

Shiloah enjoys spending time doing yoga, running, surfing, riding hunter jumper, cycling and weight training, and cooking.

Xingyi Jiang

Nutrition and Food Science

Xingyi Jiang
  • Food safety and quality
  • Protein immunochemistry
  • Food biotechnology

Xingyi is a doctoral student in Nutrition and Food Science under the supervision of Dr. Rao. She graduated from Nanjing Agricultural University in 2015 and earned her Master’s degree in food science in 2017 from Florida State University. In her master’s project, Xingyi developed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the detection of trace amount of porcine hemoglobin in meats. This assay will be able to fight food fraud and improve food quality. Xingyi’s career goal is to become a faculty at a research university.

She likes watching movies and traveling. She also likes the animals and has a fish.

Joe Laudato

Exercise Physiology

Joe’s Vita

Joe Laudato
  • Ethanol-induced degradation of skeletal muscle 
  • Relationship between cancer cachexia and diet 
  • Skeletal muscle preservation in a diseased state

Joe is a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Steiner. He received his M.S. in Exercise Physiology at Kent State University under Dr. Adam Jajtner, where he investigated human performance and immunological responses to acute high-volume resistance exercise with ergogenic aids. During his time at FSU, he has shifted his research focus to the basic sciences in rodent models, observing the effects of alcohol consumption on skeletal muscle protein synthesis. Following his Ph.D he plans to continue his career in academia, and has an interest in the development of therapeutic modalities utilizing his research experience.

Is an identical twin to his brother Nick. Enjoys spending time in the weight room, at a pond fishing, or at home playing video games when not in lab.

Jake Martenson

Exercise Physiology

Jake’s Vita

Jake Martenson
  • Physiological responses to strength training and aerobic exercise
  • Strength training and aerobic exercise’s impact on cardiovascular health
  • Exercise interventions for special populations
  • Physiological implications of physical, mental, and environmental stressors

Matthew “Jake” Martenson is a 2nd-year doctoral student in Exercise Physiology.  After earning his BS in Biology at Mercer University, he went on to complete his MPH at Mercer University and his MS in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida.  Jake ultimately desires to obtain a faculty position at a research university or work for the Navy as a Research Physiologist.  With a background in public health, he possesses a broad interest in exercise physiology and it’s relevance to human health and performance.

Jake has a lifelong love of wildlife- especially reptiles and marine animals.  He volunteered at a reptile sanctuary for 4 years in Tampa, FL and worked hands-on with alligators, crocodiles, snakes, and large species of lizards.  Two years ago he traveled to a remote location in Mexico to swim with wild crocodiles.  He also loves snorkeling and scuba diving.

Cesar Meza

Exercise Physiology

Cesar’s Vita

Cesar Meza
  • Metabolic and cardiovascular pathophysiology of obesity and insulin resistance
  • Exercise as a therapeutic approach to mitigate cardiometabolic disease

Cesar is a doctoral student in the Exercise Physiology program working under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Hickner. Cesar earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Kinesiology at The University of Texas at El Paso, where he conducted clinical and biochemistry techniques to investigate the effects of exercise and diet interventions on peripheral insulin sensitivity and skeletal muscle metabolism. After completion of his Ph.D., Cesar plans to pursue post-doctoral training and a research career in academia to study the role of exercise on energy metabolism and insulin resistance.

Amy Mullins

Nutrition and Food Science

Amy’s Vita

Amy Mullins headshot
  • Amy Mullins Is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, at Florida State University, pursuing a degree in Nutrition Science under the direction of Dr. Bahram Arjmandi.  Amy has Bachelor’s degrees in Health Science Education (University of Florida) and Food and Nutrition (Florida State University), and a Master’s degree in Clinical Dietetics (Florida State University).  She is a Registered Dietitian and Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Educator with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension Service (UF/IFAS) where she develops and implements community programs focused on nutrition, chronic disease prevention, general health/wellness, and food safety.  Amy’s research focus is in the area of bioactive phytochemical components of plants and nutritional intervention for prevention and management of chronic inflammatory mechanisms.

Joseph Munoz

Nutrition and Food Science

Joseph’s Vita

Joseph Munoz
  • Studying the role of whole foods, as well as specific components of food, in their ability to prevent, or cure diseased states and promote health.

Enjoys lifting weights, cooking, playing basketball, and spending time with his dog outside of school.

Sandi Olson

Nutrition and Food Science

Sandi’s Vitae

  • Micronutrient metabolism
  • Race disparities and health outcomes
  • Interdisciplinary methodology

Sandi is a student in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, studying Nutrition Science under Dr. Stephen Hennigar. Sandi graduated from FSU with a Bachelor’s in Dietetics (2011) and a Master’s in Social Work (2014). Before returning to CHS, Sandi was a clinician in the Tallahassee area working with families and individuals experiencing homelessness, severe mental illness, and/or substance use. She spent three years as a research assistant in the College of Social Work, examining social determinants of health. Thus, Sandi is interested in integrating a multi-and interdisciplinary approach for enhanced health outcomes among vulnerable and marginalized populations. Her next steps are to examine race disparities and the mediating effects of nutritional deficiencies (e.g., iron-deficiency) and social determinants (e.g., stress, food insecurity, concentrated poverty, systemic racism)

When not in the lab, I am an avid learner and reader. My husband and I are self-proclaimed food enthusiast; we can always be found in the kitchen or locating the sweet spots of Tallahassee. I also have an unabashed obsession with my 3 cats: Scout, Finch, and Harper

Hyerim Park

Exercise Physiology

Hyerim’s Vita

Hyerim Park
  • Microvascular control mechanisms
  • Vascular function with aging, microgravity and type II diabetes
  • Cardiovascular adaptations to exercise training

Hyerim is a third year doctoral student in Exercise Physiology. Hyerim received her B.S. and M.S. degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Ewha Womans University in South Korea. During her master’s program, she worked in an exercise physiology laboratory and carried out research into exercise-induced physiological responses based on cellular and molecular mechanisms. She is currently interested in studying the effect of exercise and aging on microvascular control mechanisms and the vascular adaptation with microgravity as well as type II diabetes. Her ultimate goal for pursuing a Ph.D. is to develop into a professional and independent researcher specializing in this area of study. After completing the doctoral program, she hopes to continue conducting creative and novel research in the field of science.

In her spare time, Hyerim has passions for traveling and watching movies. When she stays in her home town, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Tristan Ragland

Exercise Physiology

Tristan Ragland
  • Hormonal, metabolic, and body composition changes during dieting, exercise, and nutritional/supplemental interventions (particularly in regards to weight-loss, weight-maintenance and weight-regain)

Originally from Utah. Received my B.S. from Weber State University (Ogden, UT Grad. 2012) in Human Performance Management with an emphasis in Wellness.  My M.S. from Marywood University (Scranton, PA Grad. 2015) in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science. Currently pursuing my PhD in Exercise Physiology here at Florida State University and I am expecting to graduate in the Spring of 2020.  I have worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer for several years and really enjoy the application of my learning.  I enjoy trying to apply new research I read.

I’m an avid snowboarder – nothing better to do on a cold snowy day.  Enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter.  I have a desire to really get into wakeboarding – seems like the next best thing to snowboarding I can do in Florida.

Mike Rossetti

Exercise Physiology

Mike’s Vita

Mike Rossetti
  • The androgen-mediated regulation of skeletal muscle mass
  • Mitochondrial function and regulation in skeletal muscle
  • Autophagy

Mike is a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology studying under the guidance of Dr. Bradley Gordon.  Mike’s area of research focuses on the regulation of skeletal muscle mass and function in both diseased and non-diseased conditions.  Prior to attending Florida State University, Mike spent the first year of his Ph.D. studies with Dr. Gordon at the University of Central Florida.  He received a M.S. in Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (2014), and a B.S. in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (2011).  Mike previously worked as an instructor at East Stroudsburg University, teaching both exercise physiology and strength and conditioning courses in the Exercise Science department.

During his undergraduate studies, Mike was a 4-year varsity athlete for the Bloomsburg University baseball team.  After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Mike spent two years coaching college baseball in Pennsylvania.  He has also spent time in the strength and conditioning field as a volunteer intern at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Olympic sports) and University of Tennessee (football).

Chris Schattinger

Exercise Physiology

Chris’ Vita

Chris Schattinger
  • Effects of Strength Training and Protein Supplementation on Special Populations
  • Effects of Pre-Sleep Protein Consumption on Special Populations
  • Effects of Diet, Exercise and Supplementation on Maximizing Muscle Hypertrophy and Weight Loss
  • Effects of Diet, Exercise and Supplementation on the Reduction of LDL Cholesterol

Chris received his B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina in May 2015. While there, he completed undergraduate research under the guidance of Dr. Ray Thompson investigating the effect of cadence on respiratory measures during incremental cycle ergometry to max. Chris earned his M.S. from Florida State University in August 2017. Under the guidance of Dr. Lynn Panton, he investigated the effects of pre-sleep protein consumption on morning measures of appetite and metabolism in sedentary pre- and postmenopausal women. Chris continues to work under Dr. Panton and hopes to complete his dissertation on the effects of strength training and protein supplementation in special populations.

In my spare time I enjoy strength training, reading, attending music festivals, and hiking. I’m really good at giving people nicknames.

Oluwatoyin Sangokunle

Nutrition and Food Science

Oluwatoyin’s Vita

Oluwatoyin Sangokunle
  • Pulse Chemistry
  • Functional Properties of Pulse Starch
  • Nutritional Classification of Pulse Starch

Oluwatoyin Olaoluwa Sangokunle earned his bachelor’s degree from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria in 2015 with a major in Food Science and Technology. He continued his education at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University and completed a Master’s degree in Agricultural Science – Plant Science in 2017.

He worked as an independent researcher in carrying out a feasibility study on the production of dietary antioxidant by in-vitro cell culture of American Native grapes to provide sustainable resources for Food, Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Industries.

‘Ola’ joined Dr. Shridhar K. Sathe’s (now deceased) laboratory as a doctoral student in fall 2017 where he is currently working on functional properties of pulse starch. He processed commonly consumed dry beans to isolate, characterize, and compare starch functional properties under the treated conditions.

Ola is currently serving as president of the executive members of the FSU College of Human Sciences, Graduate Student Advisory Council. He planned to complete his program by spring 2021. He desired to work in food companies, research and development, or academia.

In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, reading Christian literature, and hanging out with my wife.

Chester Sokolowski

Exercise Physiology

Chester’s Vita

Chester Sokolowski
  • Resistance Training
  • Body Composition
  • Nutrient Timing
  • Disease Prevention
  • Metabolism
  • Sports Nutrition and Supplementation

Chester is currently pursing his doctoral degree in exercise physiology under the direction of Dr. Jeong-Su Kim. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degree from The University of Georgia in exercise science and exercise physiology respectively. Chester began his research career as an undergraduate where he investigated sex differences in muscle recovery post injury. During his masters he explored the association animal and plant protein intake have with muscle quality as well conducted work on bone health in late adolescents. His research interests are derived from his lifestyle choices as a bodybuilder and his love for his mother as he is interested in how resistance training and nutrition can alter body composition, metabolism, and attenuate disease risk, particularly in older female adults.

Chester is an avid fan of HTGV, cooking, and eating. He considers himself a “foodie” and loves exploring new restaurants. When Chester is not eating he is either studying, performing research related activities, or in the gym picking things up and putting them down.

Abigail Tice

Exercise Physiology

Abigail’s Vita

Abby Tice
  • Physiology of skeletal muscle
  • Chronic diseases and chronic stress
  • Environmental science

Abigail came to FSU from West Virginia University, with a masters degree in Exercise Physiology to work with Dr. Jennifer Steiner. She completed her masters degree on the Effects of Obesity, Chronic Stress, and Exercise on Pancreatic Health and will be working with skeletal muscle and acute and chronic alcohol while at FSU.

Abby is a weightlifter and enjoys anything that involves the outdoors. She loves all dogs and enjoys photography.

Brandon Willingham

Exercise Physiology

brandon willingham headshot
  • The effects of nutritional interventions as it relates to human performance and body composition

I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Exercise Physiology (Spring 2020) and working at the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine (ISSM) Lab.  Prior to attending FSU, I received an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Florida (2012) and an MS in Nutrition from Auburn University (2014).  While attending Auburn University I completed my dietetic internship and became a Registered Dietitian.

I enjoy playing competitive beach volleyball and have beaten the world record for one-hand clapping. I once went fencing with the Scottish Olympic Fencing Coach. I’ve also been snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, hot air ballooning over Scotland, and to South Africa as part of a study abroad trip and have a selfie with a zebra.