Jimmy Bagley, PhD (Cellular Imaging)
Dr. Bagley’s work includes 1) developing novel confocal microscopy methods to investigate muscle hypertrophy mechanisms and organelle plasticity in athletes, 2) combining cellular imaging with additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies to produce new pedagogical tools, and 3) assisting with day-to-day operations and graduate student mentoring. He earned a PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University (2015), as well as MS and BS degrees in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton (2010) and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (2008), respectively. Dr. Bagley recently accepted a faculty position in Exercise Physiology and Muscle Mechanics at San Francisco State University (beginning August 2015). When not ‘sciencing’ in the lab, he enjoys surfing, hiking, lifting, reading about science and philosophy, beer/wine tasting, cooking, and traveling.
Bagley JR (2014). Fibre type-specific hypertrophy mechanisms in human skeletal muscle: Potential role of myonuclear addition. Journal of Physiology, Vol. 592 (23) pp. 5147-5148.
José Adan Arevalo, BS (Muscle Fiber Composition and Leg Dominance)
Jose is currently working on determining the relationship between leg dominance and fiber type composition. He also teaches anatomy in the department of Kinesiology He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Genetics and Plant Biology. Jose decided to return to his scientific interest of molecular exercise physiology, which he aspires to continue through a doctoral program. Jose was born in Guatemala, and raised in Boyle Heights. In his free time, he reads scientific research and astronomy, works on improving his squat, listening to fast and heavy music, eating, and sleeping.
Saldiam Barillas, BS, CSCS, USAW-1
Saldiam was born and raised on the border of North East Los Angeles and Glendale, CA. In May 2014 he earned his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton. As a graduate student he is currently looking to research blood glucose regulation with different chronic interventions and further pursing a doctoral degree in a similar topic. In addition, he is also interested in single-fiber typing, blood flow restriction, and force production research. In the classroom he is interested in strength/conditioning, exercise physiology, and sport/exercise psychology. In addition to a graduate student, he currently is a Performance Specialist Coach at STARS (Sports Training And Rehabilitation Services) in Anaheim, CA and a Graduate Teaching Associate at California State University, Fullerton. In his spare time he enjoys, wine/beer tasting, rock climbing, hiking, traveling, anything comical, music, time with friends and loved ones and yoga. Finally, he currently has half the testosterone production capacity of any normal male human, but is now also cancer free!
Katie Bathgate, BS
Katie Bathgate is pursuing her master’s degree in Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. She graduated with her B.S. in Kinesiology in Summer of 2014 at the same institution. Katie’s emphasis is in Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning. Her current thesis project involves investigating the “nature vs. nurture” phenomenon by examining the physiological profiles of monozygous twins with discordant physical activity backgrounds. She is interested in investigating the physiological responses to training and exercise in order to better understand how to train athletes to maximize performance in their specific sport. Katie enjoys playing a variety of sports and even competes for CSUF’s intercollegiate cross-country and track teams.
Ryan Byrnes, BS, CSCS, USAW-1
Ryan Byrnes received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from California State University Long Beach in 2014. He is a current graduate student in pursuit of a MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in strength and conditioning from California State University, Fullerton. He currently works as a weightlifting coach, strength and conditioning coach, and Crossfit coach, and has worked with division 1 collegiate football players, as well as Olympic sport athletes. His hobbies include weightlifting and surfing.
Adam Cisneros, BS, NSCA-CPT, USAW-1
Adam is a graduate student completing his Master of Science degree at California State University of Fullerton. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the same university. Adam's emphasis is on exercise physiology and biomechanics. His research methods include using single muscle fiber typing, ultrasound, and laser microscope imaging. His current research interests include identifying muscle fiber types, size and number as well as mononuclear domain size when conducting different types of hypertrophy training. He hopes to be able to enroll into a doctoral program after his master of science program. He currently works as a trainer and is always looking for new methods of training that will increase performance as well as limit injury. His interests and hobbies outside of school include playing flag football, baseball/softball, basketball, camping, snowboarding, and various activities around Orange County with friends.
Whitney Leva, BS, USAW-1
Whitney Leyva was born and raised in Fresno, California. She transferred out to California State University, Fullerton in 2010 and received her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in clinical exercise in 2012. She is currently a graduate student working on her Master's Degree at California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis in strength and conditioning. When she is not looking at muscle fibers or interning with the athletes she spends her free time volunteering with the Miss California Organization. She has held the title of Miss Clovis 2009 and Miss Fullerton 2012, and continues to empower young ladies. In the summer of 2015, she traveled to Greece to study at the International Olympic Academy learning the history of sport. Her hobbies include Polynesian dancing, Olympic weightlifting, and traveling.
Kathryn McLeland, BS, CSCS (Estimation of Muscle Fiber Composition via Fatigue)
Kathryn is a graduate student completing her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology at California State University Fullerton (2015) with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning. Her research includes using non-invasive methods such as the isokinetic dynamometer and EMG/MMG, to determine fiber type. Using single fiber analysis of MHCs, she hopes to update previous research that once used less novel methodology for determining actual muscle composition. She is also involved with research on physical activity promotion for the general population. Kathryn earned her undergraduate degree at Biola University in Kinesiology and a minor in Biblical Studies (2012) and hopes to continue learning and contributing to the field of integrated health through doctoral research. Her goal is to spur people on to better overall health and wellbeing. She is a huge nerd who loves to run experiments in the weight room, elevator, and kitchen.
Michelle Rivera, BS
Michelle Rivera grew up in West Covina, California, and is the first in her family to pursue higher education. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at California State, Fullerton in 2014. She was originally a pre-nursing student, but changed her major when she took Principles of Strength and Conditioning during her second year. While obtaining her undergraduate degree she helped co-found the CSUF Weightlifting Club which continues to educate students about the technique and sport of Olympic Weightlifting. She is now continuing her graduate studies at California State University, Fullerton working on her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning. She is excited to start a new journey studying at muscle fiber types and learning how to make people faster and stronger. Her hobbies include Olympic weightlifting, cooking, traveling, spending time at the beach, learning how to surf, and making unforgettable memories with family and friends.
Gynnae Romo, BS, NSCA-CPT
Gynnae Romo received her undergraduate degree from California State University, San Bernardino in 2015. She is currently a graduate student working on her Master’s Degree at California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis in strength and conditioning. In addition to a graduate student, she works as a personal trainer at SportsPros to further her education and passion for fitness. As an athlete, she wants to inspire, motivate and educate others in achieving their fitness goals. Since high school, Gynnae has been a competitive athlete. In 2013 she joined CrossFit Glendora, and currently trains there as a competitive weightlifter for Agoge Barbell Club. During her free time, she enjoys lifting, spending time with family and watching USA women’s soccer.
Jakob received his BA from Colorado College with a majored in International Political Economy, born and raised in Rostock Germany. Jakob is scientifically interested in muscle physiology and muscle adaptation in hypoxic environment (Blood flow restriction). He is still receiving bi-annular care packages filled with German chocolate from my grandmother. During his free time he enjoys traveling internationally, playing basketball and gardening.
Matthew Sakiyama, BS, CSCS, USAW, SPC, CF-Lvl 2
Undergraduate study at University of La Verne
Research interests: Weightlifting, Strength and Conditioning
Jenny Spencer, BS
Jenny was born and raised in Southern Orange County and earned her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology at California State University, Fullerton. Areas of scientific interest include biomechanics and exercise physiology, specifically joint mechanics, muscle physiology, and injury prevention. She loves outdoor activities such as wakeboarding, snowboarding, hiking, and camping. Ultimately she wants to teach.
Ryan McManus, BS, CSCS
(Human Skeletal Muscle Epigenetics Following Acute Exercise; Acute Effects of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation on Muscle Imbalance)
Ryan McManus began his graduate studies at California State University, Fullerton in the spring semester of 2015. He also earned his B.S. in kinesiology with an emphasis in strength and conditioning from California State University, Fullerton. This was accomplished after transferring from College of the Desert with an A.A. in math and science, in his hometown of Palm Desert, California. The areas of research interest include the acute effects of various interventions on performance (specifically work capacity) and just about anything that is novel, or on the cutting edge of scientific inquiry. This is what primarily attracted him to the molecular exercise physiology laboratory. He has an ever-growing thirst for learning and knowledge that he hopes to continue satisfying for the rest of my life. He currently works as a personal trainer both on and off campus and has earned the NSCA CSCS certification. His hobbies and interests include training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and attending music festivals across Southern California.
My name is Jorge Ballon and I am an undergraduate biology student at California State University, Fullerton. I am a first generation college student, and will be the first in my family to pursue a professional degree. I am determined to become a physician so that I can advocate for increased quality and access to health care in underserved communities. I am currently working in Dr. Galpin’s Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory. I am genuinely interested in the focus of the lab, and am eager to continue developing my skills as a scientist.
David Lee is currently an undergraduate student at California State University, Fullerton as a Health Science major and minoring in Pre-Health Professions. David is interested in the anatomy of movement, disease identification and prevention, as well as reading upon new and upcoming medicinal treatments. Aside from his academic career, he enjoys backpacking during the holidays.
Grant Schumaker, EMT
My name is Grant Schumaker and I am striving to become an emergency room physician. I am currently a double major in Biology and Biochemistry with a minor in Kinesiology. In addition to working in the Molecular Exercise Physiology lab, I work as an emergency medical technician to prepare myself for a future career in medicine.