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Dain Jacob

MS Student in Exercise Physiology

Dain JacobDain Jacob was born and raised in Columbia. He enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with friends and family. Dain’s research interests are broad, but include environmental physiology and neural control of autonomic regulation.


  • Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Award, American Physiological Society (Summer 2018)
  • Program for Undergraduate Research Experience, College of Human Environmental Sciences (Fall 2018)
  • Program for Undergraduate Research Experience Travel Stipend, College of Human Environmental Sciences (Fall 2018)
  • Horwitz/Horowitz Excellence in Research, American Physiological Society (Spring 2019)
  • 3rd Place Poster Presentation, University of Missouri Cardiovascular Research Day (Spring 2019)

Why did you choose Mizzou?

I started working in a lab as an undergraduate because I enjoyed physiology. I was given opportunities to learn new skills and kept progressing until I was eventually offered a position as a graduate student.

What is your thesis/dissertation about?

My thesis examines how blood pressure responses differ between men and women when exposed to environmental stressors like low oxygen and how exogenous hormones such as oral contraceptives may modulate these responses.

Why did you choose the field you chose?

I just kind of fell into it through my advisor. I lucked out, because it’s pretty darn cool.

Have your career goals changed?

Nope, hopefully just some additional letters at the end of my name.

Where do you plan to go upon graduation?

To hug my parents after the ceremony.

What did you like about Mizzou?

Beautiful campus, lots of nature. Pretty great mentor. The opportunity to interact with renowned seminar speakers is also a perk.