Director: Dr. Sandra Hunter, Ph.D., FACSM
Dr. Hunter is a professor in the Exercise Science Program, in the Department of Physical Therapy and a fellow in the Research and Innovation Office at Marquette. Her research focus includes understanding the mechanisms for differences in motor control and performance fatigue between males and females, with aging and in people with diabetes. She currently is funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine fatigability of limb muscle in old adults and the protective effects of exercise. In addition to driving the strategic planning and initiatives of the AHPRC, Dr. Hunter coordinates programming and the AHPRC grant awards to develop collaborative team science between Marquette researchers, athletics, and external partners.
Research Lab Manager: Mike Haischer, M.S., CSCS
Mike is an NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Florida Atlantic University. Mike is also a Marquette alum (B.S. Health Sci ’14) and current student, studying for his Ph.D. in Exercise and Rehabilitation Science. In addition to experience teaching exercise physiology, fitness and nutrition, and exercise testing and prescription courses, Mike has published research in the applied performance domain and has completed multiple strength and conditioning internships including a full season in Major League Baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers. As lab manager of the AHPRC, Mike serves to facilitate collaborative team science and assist investigators in realizing their research goals. He is also committed to making a positive impact on Marquette Athletics, by helping to conduct applied research based on the performance goals of the teams, coaches, and individual athletes.
Director, HPAC: Toni D. Uhrich, M.S., EP-C
Since its opening in 2016, Toni has been the Director of the Human Performance Assessment Core (HPAC), a free-standing, fee for service, state of the art exercise physiology lab located in Cramer Hall in the Program in Exercise Science. The HPAC also serves as a teaching facility and was a proto-type for the AHPRC. The HPAC serves the community, local teams, and scientists across campus and the broader academic community. Toni has been teaching at Marquette for 24 years, 3 of them full time and supervises interns in the HPAC and AHPRC. She recently started an Exercise is Medicine – On Campus program at Marquette. Toni’s primary research interests are in Exercise as Medicine and injury prevention. She is thrilled to be part of the AHPRC Team.
Graduate Staff: Rachel Beilfuss, EXPH ‘20, DPT4
Rachel is an Exercise Physiology graduate (’20) and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with a desire to pursue an orthopaedic physical therapy residency. Rachel has been with the AHPRC since its opening, having completed an independent study in Fall 2019 and assisted in COVID-19 mask wearing observational research. Rachel now manages data on a COVID-19 study looking at the physiological and psychological impact of COVID-19 infection and is looking forward to applying those findings in her physical therapy practice. Outside of research, Rachel enjoys engaging with the Milwaukee and Marquette communities to work to end food insecurity and promote policy changes to better support Marquette students and community members experiencing hunger.
Graduate Staff: Lindsey Mirkes, BMS ’21, EXRS ’22
Lindsey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and minor in Psychology in May 2021. Now, she is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s in Exercise and Rehabilitation Science. Lindsey is a part of Dr. Hunter’s Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory, and has been involved with the COVID-19 Survivor Study in the AHPRC. She is currently a member of the Marquette Women’s Track and Field Team, and holds the school record for the Outdoor High Jump. With her passion for athletics, knowledge about the research at the AHPRC, and background in health sciences, she is excited to be involved in managing the AHPRC social media platforms and promoting health and performance.