Meet the Team

Director: Dr. Sandra Hunter, Ph.D., FACSM

Dr. Sandra HunterDr. 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 HaischerMike 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

Dr. Toni UhrichSince 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.


Undergraduate Staff: Rachel Beilfuss, EXPH ‘20, DPT4

Rachel BeilfussRachel is an undergraduate senior studying Exercise Physiology and pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with the desire to work in the sports performance arena.  Previously, she attended New Berlin Eisenhower high school and has since been a summer coach for their women's basketball program.  As a junior at Marquette, she interned in the strength and conditioning center at Marquette University High School and became the head fitness trainer for their varsity tennis state championship team in Spring of 2019. This fall, Rachel will be completing an Independent study in AHPRC research.


Undergraduate Staff: Makayla McIntyre

Makayla McIntireMakayla is an undergraduate freshman pursuing a degree in Communication Studies and minors in Spanish and Marketing. She is the communications intern here at the ‘PRC and is excited to be managing our newsletter and media platforms. Passionate about athletics, research, and keeping people connected, Makayla is dedicated to creatively planning and promoting the happenings at the AHPRC. She looks forward to inspiring individuals at Marquette and beyond to be active and innovative alongside the ‘PRC!