Current Staff & Students

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


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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Previous Graduate Students

Dan Chantigian, MS
Previous Team Personnel

Research Interests: Dan has been a member of the Cardiovascular Research and Rehabilitation Laboratory since 2015. In January of 2017, he received his Masters of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science. Afterwards, Dan decided to continue with his studies in order to obtain a PhD. His research is centered on understanding autonomic function and how neuromodulatory techniques may alter the autonomic nervous system in both healthy and patient populations. In June 2017, he was awarded a MnDRIVE Fellowship to assist in conducting a clinical trial with an industry partner, Boston Scientific. In the future, Dan hopes to continue working with industry partners to develop novel device-based therapies that treat disease states with better efficacy and fewer side effects than current pharmaceutical therapies.

Personal Interests: Dan enjoys playing and watching soccer, attending concerts, making music, and traveling with his friends. 

Mia Larson, BSN, RN, HN-BC
Previous Graduate Student

Research Interests: Mia began her career as a registered nurse, working with patients in a neuro ICU for 5 years at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, MN before returning to school to obtain a PhD. Her research interests include understanding how holistic health practices affect human physiology and how these practices can be integrated into everyday life and in medicine to reduce the incidence and burden of disease.

Personal Interests: Mia enjoys yoga, cooking, photography and hiking.

Kathryn Vera, MA, RD/LD
Previous Graduate Student

Katie earned a M.A. in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, and is a registered/licensed dietitian.

Research Interests: her research interests involve exercise limitations in people with muscular dystrophy, and the ways in nutritional needs may be altered within this group.

Personal Interests: Katie is a busy mom with two young children; in her free time she is an avid reader and loves to bake. 

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