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Brian Shariffi

PhD Exercise Physiology

Brian ShariffiBrian Shariffi is a first year PhD student from California working in Dr. Limberg’s lab. He completed his undergraduate degree in health promotion and exercise science from Waldorf University, where he was encouraged by Dr. Gatlin to become more involved in research. This led him to pursue his Masters in Kinesiology at California Baptist University. While at CBU, he immediately got involved in research under Dr. Kim studying dietary supplementation effects on hemodynamic responses. During an ACSM conference poster presentation he met Dr. Kanaley, where she encouraged him to reach out to Dr. Limberg for an opportunity to be a student in her lab. My research interests are in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular physiology.

Awards: Piper Fellowship

Why did you choose Mizzou?

I chose Mizzou because the recruiting process was very organized and they made you feel at home. The whole experience just made me excited to continue my education.

What is your thesis/dissertation about?

Not sure yet, but the more I dig into the literature the more I see myself doing something with leptin and cerebral blood flow in the obese population.

Why did you choose the field you chose?

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all my nutrition and exercise science courses throughout my academic career, so to be able to advance my knowledge in both seemed like a great option.

Have your career goals changed?

No, I still want to be a professor and conduct my own research one day, as well as be involved with the development of a collegiate soccer program.

Where do you plan to go upon graduation?

Not sure now, but I am thinking a post doc somewhere on the west coast so I can be closer to my family.

What did you like about Mizzou?

Everything! The people are friendly, the area is beautiful, there are plenty of outdoor activities, and the students/faculty make you feel welcomed.

Who was your mentor?

My mentor is Dr. Jacqueline Limberg.