Principal Investigators

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    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)

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    Dr. Xintang Wang, PhD

    Dr. Xintang Wang completed her Doctor of Sport Science concentrating in Sport Biochemistry at Beijing Sport University, she finished her Fellowship Program about physical activity and health promotion in National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Japan. Previously, she has worked for Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) China. Currently, working as an associate researcher at Beijing Sport University. Since 2008, her research work focused on the fitness evaluation for elite athletes and... (Read more)


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    Ms. Morgan Bernstein

    Morgan Bernstein completed her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from UNC at Charlotte. She went on to attain her state and national certification in phlebotomy in January of 2019. She has pursued this career in the hopes of making what some consider an unpleasant experience just a little less painful.

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    Mr. Andrew Hoyle

    Andrew Hoyle completed his Bachelor of Science in both Health Science and Exercise and Sport Studies with a concentration in Exercise Science with a double minor in Biology and Humanities at Greensboro College. He started as an intern at the App State Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus in May, 2018. During his internship he was hired as a research technician. His research interests include: cardiometabolics and sedentary physiology. Andrew plans to pursue a M.S.... (Read more)

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

    Andy Simonson completed his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical activity concentrating in Exercise Science and Master of Science in Health, Physical Activity concentrating in Chronic Disease and Obesity 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... (Read more)

Current Interns

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    Mr. Matt Arnold

    Matt Arnold is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine at Catawba College. He is currently a NCAA Division II Swimmer and Bluegrass Mountain Conference finalist. He has lead a research project regarding the identification of physiological factors during the Manchester United fitness test that was funded by the Catawba College Impact grant and North Carolina Independent College & University grant. He was selected as an intern at the App... (Read more)

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    Mr. Will Mackey

    Will Mackey is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He intends to graduate in spring 2020. His professional experience is starting as an intern at the Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab, Kannapolis, NC in January, 2020. Will has developed an interest in the field of Exercise and Human Performance research. Future aspirations include a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and nutritional support.... (Read more)

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    Mr. Joshua Williams

    Joshua Williams is currently attaining his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Joshua started his internship with the App State Human Performance Lab at Kannapolis, NC in January 2020. His aspirations include pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy or a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. With a master's degree in Exercise Physiology, Joshua would pursue further research interests in the field of Exercise Physiology.

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