Principal Investigators

  • Nieman

    David C. Nieman, DrPH, FACSM

    David Nieman is a professor in the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University, and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC. Dr. Nieman is a pioneer in the research area of exercise immunology, and helped establish that 1) regular moderate exercise lowers upper respiratory tract infection rates while improving immunosurveillance, 2) heavy exertion increases infection rates while causing transient changes in immune function,... (Read more)


  • Simonson

    Andy Simonson, MS, EP-C, EIM-II

    Andy completed his Bachelor of Science in Heath and Physical activity concentrating in Exercise Science and Master of Science in Health, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, he has worked for the University of Pittsburgh as a research associate. Since 2013, his research work focused on scientifically developing an injury prevention and performance optimization program that is culturally specific and dynamically responsive to the unique tactical... (Read more)

Previous Interns

  • Longfellow

    Grace Anne Longfellow

    Grace Anne is a rising junior at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC. She is apart of the women’s soccer team and a senator of the Student Government Association at Belmont Abbey. Grace Anne is a Biology major with a double minor in Chemistry and Math+Physics. She currently plans on attending medical school following her undergraduate work at Belmont Abbey College.

  • Stephan

    Ella Stephan

    Ella is a Masters in Public Health candidate at UNC Chapel Hill who is studying to become a registered dietitian. Ella played soccer at FSU and received a BS in dietetics there. She has about 3 years of experience in sports nutrition at UNC, UVA, NC State, and FSU. After graduating in December, Ella plans to seek employment in the realm of sports nutrition, whether that be in the clinical setting, research or private practice.

  • Zerona

    Emily Zerona

    Emily is a rising junior at Appalachian State University majoring in Public Health with a double minor in Nutrition and Exercise Science. She is involved in the WE CAN program through App State’s Wellness and Prevention Services that dedicates their time to improving student health and wellbeing on campus. Emily plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in Sports Nutrition after completing her undergraduate studies.