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Graduate Teaching Assistants

Troy Allred

Troy Allred
Graduate Teaching Assistant
ata54@msstate.edu

Troy Allred is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Brookhaven, MS, he completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at Mississippi State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. After his bachelor’s degree, Troy worked as a fitness instructor for employees at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. He is currently assisting Dr. Stamatis Agiovlasitis in the research of physical activity assessment in populations with Down Syndrome. After obtaining his master’s degree, Troy Plans to obtain a job as an exercise physiologist in a cardiac rehabilitation facility.

Steven Basham

Steven Basham
Graduate Teaching Assistant
sab480@msstate.edu

Steven Basham is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Nettleton, MS he completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State University, where he received Deans List honors and was an active member of the Exercise Science Honor Society. While completing his degree, he won first place for his research at the College of Education Undergraduate Research Symposium. His research interests are health and wellness as it pertains to chronic diseases, along with sports performance. After completing his master’s degree, Steven plans to pursue a Ph.D. or begin a career in the Health and Fitness field.

Poram Choi

Poram Choi
Graduate Teaching Assistant
pc839@msstate.edu

Poram Choi is a Ph.D. student in the exercise science program. She is originally from the Republic of Korea and completed her bachelor’s degree in Special Physical Education from Yong-in University, Korea. She also studied therapeutic horse riding at Centenary College, NJ, and participated in several projects related to therapeutic horse riding in Korea. She earned her Master’s degree in sports coaching science from Chinese Culture University, Taiwan. She worked with the track and field team while at Chinese Culture University. Her research interest is physical activity in the people with disabilities and the elderly.  While earning her PhD at Mississippi State, she would like to become an expert in her research area in order to promote physical activity in people with disabilities and the elderly.

Kristen Connor

Kristen Connor
Graduate Teaching Assistant
knc375@msstate.edu

Kristen Connor is a master's student in the sport pedagogy program. Originally from Charleston, SC, she completed a bachelor's degree in physical education teacher education from the College of Charleston, where she graduated summa cum laude, received Deans List honors, and was invited to Phi Kappa Phi and Gold Key International Honors Societies. While in college, she was an adolescence personal trainer, studied Spanish abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador, and taught physical education at a local middle school to fulfill her clinical practice requirements. After completing her master's degree, Connor plans to pursue a career in teaching physical education in middle or high school while coaching various sports.


Kymberle Gordon

Kymberle Gordon
Graduate Teaching Assistant
krg183@msstate.edu

Kymberle Gordon is a master’s student in the sport administration program. Originally from Canandaigua, NY, she completed a bachelor's degree in communication-business applications from the University of New Hampshire. While in college, she competed at the division one level in women's volleyball, winning back to back championships in the America East Conference. As a scholar athlete, she received dean's list and academic high honors awards throughout her career and, prior to graduation, she interned at a non-profit company called ChildVoice, working in the communications/marketing department. After completing her master’s degree, Kymberle plans to teach English as a foreign language abroad, then return to complete her Ph.D.

Kymberle Gordon

William Holcomb
Graduate Advising Assistant
wdh122@msstate.edu

A native of Belmont, Mississippi, William Holcomb is working on a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology. He is a graduate assistant for the academic advisor in the Department of Kinesiology. In 2016, William graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Fitness Studies. After finishing up his Master’s degree, he wishes to continue his education by pursing a PhD in Exercise Science.

Leondre’ E. Queen

Leondre’ E. Queen
Graduate Teaching Assistant
leq5@msstate.edu

Leondre’ Queen is a master’s student in the Sport Administration program. Originally from Thibodaux, LA, he completed a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While in Lafayette, he was a staff member on an FBS bowl-winning football program, a Kinesiology Professionals Association member, and a state chairman for the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In addition, he has also participated in community service opportunities with the American Heart Association and Senior Olympics. For his academic and service contributions, he was recognized as the College of Education and University’s Outstanding Graduate for his Fall 2015 graduating class. Upon completion of his master’s degree, Queen plans to pursue an impactful career in collegiate athletics administration and coaching.

Ben Krings

Ben Krings
Graduate Teaching Assistant
bmk216@msstate.edu

Ben Krings is a Ph.D. student in the exercise science program. Originally from Prescott, WI, he completed a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and a master's degree in human performance from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. While in college, Krings played baseball, became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA, and completed an internship in the Human Performance Lab at the United States Air Force Academy. He is currently conducting research on carbohydrate supplementation in repeated sprints and resistance training. Other research interests included exercise metabolism and strength and conditioning. After completing his Ph.D., Krings plans to become a professor.

Tony Luczak

Tony Luczak
Graduate Teaching Assistant
al77@msstate.edu

Tony Luczak is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Bay City, MI, he completed a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Mississippi State University. During his professional golf career, he was recognized with the PGA Teacher of the Year Award and President’s Award. He founded the MSU Institute of Golf and has presented at two international World Scientific Congress of Golf conferences, highlighting several golf research projects in EMG, situation awareness, and vision occlusion during the full swing. He is currently conducting research on EMG activation during the golf swing, EEG cognitive aspects during performance, and strength training protocols. After completing his master’s degree, Luczak plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neuromechanics.

Brandon Miller

Brandon Miller
Graduate Teaching Assistant
blm567@msstate.edu

Brandon Miller is a Ph.D. student in the exercise science program. Originally from Atlanta, GA, he completed a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation science from Armstrong State University and a master’s degree in health and human performance from the University of North Alabama. While in college, he worked as a physical therapy aide and participated in numerous research projects. He is currently conducting research on biomechanics of human balance and gait. After completing his Ph.D., Miller plans to pursue a career in which he can continue conducting biomechanics research.

TJ Peterson

TJ Peterson
Graduate Teaching Assistant
tjp91@msstate.edu

TJ Peterson is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Long Beach, MS, he completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State University. He is currently conducting research on the efficacy of assessing aerobic capacity in resistance and endurance trained athletes. After completing his master’s degree, Peterson plans to pursue a Ph.D.

Yonjoong Ryuh

Yonjoong Ryuh
Graduate Teaching Assistant
yr98@msstate.edu

Yonjoong Ryuh is a Ph.D. student in the exercise science program. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, he completed a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Seoul National University in South Korea and a master’s degree in adapted physical activity from Seoul National University as well. While in college, Ryuh competed as a varsity athlete in men’s soccer, as well as student of department of physical education. While in graduate school, he served as a graduate teaching assistant, a soccer team administrative assistant, and was a director of SNU FUN & KICK physical activity program for people with intellectual disability. He is currently conducting research in the area related to exercise for people with intellectual disability, especially down syndrome and autism, based on motor learning and neuroscience. After completing his Ph.D., Ryuh plans to pursue a career in research and academia.

Jeff Simpson

Jeff Simpson
Graduate Teaching Assistant
jds1313@msstate.edu

Jeff Simpson is a second year doctoral student in the exercise science program. Originally from Houston, TX, he completed a bachelor's degree in exercise science from The University of Texas-Arlington. Following completion of his undergraduate degree, he worked in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation for two years before pursuing a master's degree at the University of North Alabama in health and human performance. Jeff is currently assisting within ongoing research conducted in the Neuromechanics Laboratory at Mississippi State. His main scholastic and research efforts are focused primarily on biomechanics and lower extremity injury mechanics in athletic and occupational settings. This past Spring, Jeff received a grant from Ironwear Fitness to complete a study investigating the effects of long term exposure to weighted vests on balance, jump, landing and sprint performance and hopes to have his findings published in a peer-reviewed journal. Following completion of his Ph.D., Jeff plans to pursue a career in human performance and ergonomics research while teaching at a four-year university.

Jeff Simpson

Brandon Shepherd
Graduate Teaching Assistant
bds243@msstate.edu

Brandon Shepherd is master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Brandon, Mississippi, he completed his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State University. Stemming from his passion for powerlifting and bodybuilding, his research interest is performance sports nutrition for resistance training.

Saira Talwar

Saira Talwar
Graduate Teaching Assistant
st1527@msstate.edu

Saira Talwar is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Waukesha, WI, she completed a bachelor’s degree in biology with a certificate in gender & women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While at Madison, she researched in the Perinatal Department of Meriter Hospital. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she worked as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department of various hospitals in Milwaukee, WI. Her interest changed from treatment medicine to preventative care, and she will be working on research involving improvement of motor function in older individuals through exercise intervention. Following her graduate studies, she plans to either continue her education or pursue a career within her field.

Hunter Waldman

Hunter Waldman
Graduate Teaching Assistant
hsw78@msstate.edu

Hunter Waldman is a Ph.D. student in the exercise science program here at Mississippi State University. Originally from Dothan, AL, he completed both his bachelor's and master's degree at the University of North Alabama in fitness management and exercise science, respectively. While in college, Waldman was a linebacker for UNA and an active member with the Human Performance Research team. He also went on to obtain his strength and conditioning certification (CSCS) and spent a year working with a physiotherapist as well as starting his own nutrition seminars for high level athletes. His current research is centered around both micro and macro-nutrition interventions with regards to improving performance and health. He hopes to pursue a faculty position with a university after completion of his doctoral program and continue his research.

Jim Watkins

Jim Watkins
Graduate Teaching Assistant
jw733@msstate.edu

Jim Watkins is a Ph.D. student in the sport studies program. Originally from Huntsville, AL, he completed a bachelor's degree in history from Mississippi State University and a master's degree in higher education with a concentration in sport management from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he tutored for the athletic department and interned with the Risk Management and Safety department. His research is centered around history and governance in college athletics. After completing his Ph.D., Watkins plans to become a professor.