Cardiovascular Research & Rehabilitation Lab Members

Lab Team

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Manda L. Keller-Ross, PhD, DPT, PT

Principal Investigator


Current Staff and Students

Emma Lee, MS, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow

Research Interests: Emma received an M.S. in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) from the University of Minnesota in 2015 and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) in 2018. Her dissertation focused on running performance in marathon runners and master athletes. She is excited to explore cardiovascular and autonomic function in women, especially endurance athletes.

Personal Interests: Emma loves to run, strength train, cross country ski, read books, and be active outdoors.

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William Stokes

PhD student

William graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2015 and worked for three years as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University researching the effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation in a clinical setting.

Research Interests: his research interests include investigating potential biological markers of cardiac disease. 

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Chowdhury Tasnova Tahsin, MBBS

PhD Student

Nova is a physician who graduated from M A Abdur Rahim Medical College in Bangladesh in 2015.

Research interests: her research interest includes metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease risk in older women.

Personal interests: she loves photography and hiking.

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Marnie Vanden Noven, PhD, DPT, ATC

Research Affiliate

Marnie holds master’s and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy and a PhD in Integrative Neuromuscular Physiology, Exercise Physiology.

Research Interests: she is interested in the impact of aging on the cardiovascular system in women and the influence of premature, early, or normal menopause on cardiovascular disease risk, particularly in women of color. She has practiced as a physical therapist and athletic trainer, is active in the National Athletic Trainer's Association, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

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Miguel Anselmo

Miguel graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in Human Physiology. He is interested in researching the ties between exercise performance, clinical depression, and autonomic function with an overarching focus on women's health. Upon completion of his master's degree, he plans on pursuing a PhD within the laboratory in Fall of 2023.

Personal Interests: Miguel loves to run unusually long distances, breathe mountain air, read self-help books, and eat copious amounts of food