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[ Graduate Students ]

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Sachini Kodithuwakku Arachchige

Sachini Kodithuwakku Arachchige
Graduate Teaching Assistant
snk128@msstate.edu

Sachini is a first-year doctoral student in the exercise science program. She is originally from Sri Lanka, where she pursued her medical degree and practiced for five years before coming to the USA. She earned her Master’s degree in exercise physiology with an emphasis on biomechanics here in Mississippi State University. Her Master’s thesis was concentrated on lower extremity anatomical alterations and footwear on postural stability. During her doctoral degree, she will expand on her research area, which is posture, balance, gait, and falls with especial concern in minimizing lower extremity injuries in ergonomic population. Upon completion of the degree, she plans to peruse a career in research and academia.

Marissa Bello

Marissa Bello
Graduate Teaching Assistant
mlb1221@msstate.edu

Marissa Bello is a Ph.D. student in the exercise physiology program and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Originally from New Jersey, she received a B.S. in Biology from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA while playing soccer. She then completed her masters degree in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from Rutgers University, where her thesis was focused on the use of a caffeine-derivative and sports performance in high-level soccer players. While at Rutgers, she worked with men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and women’s lacrosse. Her research concentrated on athlete monitoring through both physical and physiological measures, including HR monitoring and blood-based biomarkers. Her current research interests include the influence of ergogenic aids and training on performance, as well as the endocrinological response associated with exercise.

Robert Booker

Robert Booker
Graduate Teaching Assistant
reb573@msstate.edu

Robert Booker is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Exercise Science program under Dr. Holmes’ tutelage. Robert completed both his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Movement Science and master’s degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management from Missouri State University. Robert is part of the first class of Robert Smith, MD Scholars at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. This program is a new component of the Jackson Heart Study, seeking to better understand cardiovascular disease risk factors in African-Americans, train young scientists, and improve the health of communities. Robert’s research interests include physical activity epidemiology and the metabolic syndrome.

Supreete Ghosh

Supreete Ghosh
Graduate Teaching Assistant
sg2023@msstate.edu

Supreete Ghosh is a master’s student in the disability studies program. She is originally from Bangladesh and completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College under University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She also did one-year residency from the same institution. While in her undergraduate level, in addition to regular education and training in medical science, she collected and analyzed public health related data and received valuable research exposure. Her research interest is physical activity in the people with disabilities. While earning her master’s degree at Mississippi State, she would like to become an expert in her field in order to promote physical activity for people with disabilities.

Kristy Gourley

Kristy Gourley
Graduate Teaching Assistant
keg117@msstate.edu

Kristy Gourley is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. She is originally from Mathiston, MS and completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Millsaps College while playing women’s lacrosse. Kristy recently became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is currently assisting in on-going research in the Neuromechanics Laboratory at Mississippi State University. Her main academic and research is primarily in sports biomechanics, focusing in sports performance and injury prevention.

Kristy Gourley

Sydney Grady
Graduate Teaching Assistant
sg1475@msstate.edu

Sydney Graddy is a master’s student in the Exercise Physiology program. Originally from Fayetteville, Georgia, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Mississippi State University. Her main interest is to teach people the importance of exercise and the benefits that come from it. She is currently an instructor for Fitness Walking/ Jog and Exercise Physiology Lab.

Zlatko Markoski

Zlatko Markoski
Graduate Teaching Assistant
zm339@msstate.edu

Zlatko Markoski is a Ph.D student in the sport studies program. Originally, from Skopje, Macedonia he completed a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in business law from the “Iustinianus Primus” Faculty of Law (University Ss. Cyril and Methodus) in Skopje, Macedonia. His research interest include sport law, sport marketing and management. After completing his Ph.D he plans to pursue a career in research and teaching.

Sangwon Na

Sangwon Na
Graduate Teaching Assistant
sn902@msstate.edu

Sangwon Na is a Ph.D. Student in the sport studies program. Originally from South Korea, he completed a bachelor's degree in physical education from Korea National Sport University. He earned a master’s degree in sport management from Florida State University and another master's degree in business research from Temple University. While in graduate schools, he participated in various projects and published articles in the European Sport Management Quarterly and Sport Marketing Quarterly. His research interests include sport marketing and sport consumer behavior.

Brandon Shepherd

Brandon Shepherd
Graduate Teaching Assistant
bds243@msstate.edu

Brandon Shepherd is a Doctoral student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Brandon, Mississippi, he completed his B.S. in kinesiology and his M.S. in exercise physiology from Mississippi State University. Through this, Brandon has had the opportunity to consult with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute’s sweat testing program to test and educate athletes on hydration. His research interests include nutritional and training modification for performance.

Kelsey Slater

Kelsey Slater
Graduate Teaching Assistant
ks2907@msstate.edu

Kelsey Slater is a Ph.D. student in the sport studies program. Originally from Stroudsburg, PA, she completed a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and political science at Lafayette College while playing volleyball. She completed her master’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sport administration from Mississippi State University. While completing her master’s degree she served as a graduate teaching assistant in the communications department and also interned with USA Volleyball in Colorado Springs. Her research interests include sport communication, social media and sport for social development. After completing her Ph.D., she plans to pursue a career in research and academia.

Ethan Stewart

Ethan Stewart
Graduate Teaching Assistant
ems664@msstate.edu

Ethan Stewart is a second-year doctoral student in the exercise science program. Originally, from Carrollton, KY he completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky. Following completion of his undergraduate degree, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Kentucky in kinesiology focusing in biomechanics. Ethan is currently assisting within ongoing research conducted in the Neuromechanics Laboratory at Mississippi State. His main scholastic and research efforts focus primarily on performance enhancement in athletic competitions and injury prevention in occupational settings. Ethan completed his master’s degree thesis on the muscle activity in the lower extremity and start times for swing phases during baseball hitting. Continuing his work with athletic performance enhancement, Ethan recently completed an internship with a professional baseball team within the sports performance science department. Following completion of his Ph.D., Ethan plans to pursue a career in human performance research while working for a professional sports team or teaching at a four-year university.

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson
Graduate Teaching Assistant
seh505@msstate.edu

Sarah Thompson is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah completed her bachelor of science in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University. Her childhood career as a competitive gymnast sparked her interest in strength training, exercise physiology and health outcomes in young athletes. While an undergraduate at MSU, she completed a research internship in children's physical activity epidemiology and assisted with the MSU women's basketball team's strength and conditioning.  With her master’s degree, Sarah aims to pursue a career in strength and conditioning working specifically with elite gymnasts.

Alana Turner

Alana Turner
Graduate Research Assistant
ajt188@msstate.edu

AAlana Turner is a first year Ph.D. student majoring in Exercise Science while minoring in Educational Psychology. Alana received her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and master’s degree in Disability Studies at Mississippi State University. She is currently a Research Assistant for the Kinesiology Department, working specifically under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) in the Human Performance Laboratory with wearable stretch sensor technology. She is also a member of the Neuromechanics Laboratory in the Kinesiology Department and assists with projects throughout the year. During the summers, Alana works for a non-profit, iCan Shine, and travels the country teaching children with disabilities how to independently ride conventional, two-wheel bicycles through adapted equipment and interventions. Her research interests include postural control mechanisms, geriatric fall prevention, adapted physical activity, and intervention methods for children with disabilities to become more physically active while providing behavior modifications. Alana plans to collaborate with multiple areas on campus such as The T.K. Martin Center and The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic during her time at MSU.

Peyton Williamson

Peyton Williamson
Graduate Teaching Assistant
plw135@msstate.edu

Peyton Williamson is a Masters student in the exercise physiology program. Originally form Philadelphia, MS, he completed his B.S. in Kinesiology at Mississippi State University. He left for a short period to organize the employee health and fitness board at a local Mississippi hospital, but has returned to complete a degree in Exercise Physiology with a future goal of sport physiology and human performance research.

Lecturers

Poram Choi

Poram Choi
Lecturer
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.

Qun Fang

Qun Fang
Lecturer
qf37@msstate.edu

Qun Fang is a Ph.D. student in the exercise science program. Originally from China, he completed a bachelor’s degree in finance from Shandong University in China and a master’s degree in sports and entertainment management from the University of South Carolina. While completing his master’s degree at the University of South Carolina, Qun assisted faculty in the comprehensive school-based physical activity promotion. He is currently conducting research in the area related to physical activity intervention. After completing his Ph.D., Qun plans to pursue a career in research and academia.

DaeEun Kim

DaeEun Kim
Lecturer
dk966@msstate.edu

DaeEun Kim is a Ph.D. Student in the sport studies program. Originally from South Korea, he completed a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in physical education from Keimyung University in South Korea and another master’s degree in sport administration from Arkansas State University. While in graduate school, he served as a graduate assistant and participated in various projects as a researcher analyzing data. His research interest is relationship marketing and consumer behavior in sports industry. After completing his Ph.D., Kim plans to become a professor or professional researcher.

Ffion Price

Ffion Price
Lecturer
fgp13@msstate.edu

Ffion Price is a third-year doctoral candidate in the exercise science program. She completed her bachelor’s degree program in Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition from the Cardiff Metropolitan University. She then came the Mississippi State University in 2015 to study a masters’ in exercise physiology, where she has stayed to complete her doctorate studies. Her main focus is within female athlete performance. Her current interests include macronutrient intakes of female athletes. She hopes to pursue a career within sports performance, working as an Athletics Director for Sport Wales.

Yonjoong Ryuh

Yonjoong Ryuh
Lecturer
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.