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Gavin Power

PhD Student in Exercise PhysiologyGavin PowerGavin Power completed his undergraduate degree in Sports science and health, from Dublin City University, Ireland. During this time, he undertook an internship in a community exercise rehabilitation program for individuals with chronic disease, MedEx. Subsequently, he completed a project examining the cardiovascular and affect responses to community exercise rehabilitation, ultimately inspiring him to pursue a career in exercise physiology. He completed his M.S degree in exercise physiology from Central Michigan University, where he was exposed to more basic research techniques utilizing animal models to investigate mechanisms of disease. It was a combination of these experiences that led him to choose a PhD at Mizzou as his next stop. Gavin is currently a first year PhD student under the mentorship of Dr. Jaume Padilla.

Why did you choose Mizzou?

I decided on Mizzou in large part due to the innovative research, collaborative work approach and the welcoming I got when I made a visit prior to my decision. The research played an important role, but I always feel work environment is important too and Mizzou had both.

What is your thesis/dissertation about?

I am a first year PhD student, so I haven’t worked that out yet! My research interests are centered around the role of diabetes and insulin resistance in increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and the underlying mechanisms involved. Specifically, I am intrigued by the mechanisms of metabolic derangements leading to impaired vascular health and function.

Why did you choose the field you chose?

I have always been interested in physiology and health. I ended up doing my under-graduate degree in sports science, but during this time, I was exposed to the field of clinical exercise physiology during an internship. I knew this was an area for me.

I am very enthusiastic about an integrative approach to health and healthcare that is more pro-active rather than reactive. Utilizing lifestyle changes in the fight against chronic disease is what fascinates me most about this field.

Have your career goals changed?

My ultimate career goal is to influence approaches to health and healthcare. The specifics and the medium in which I would like to accomplish this change periodically!

Where do you plan to go upon graduation?

Both post-doctoral and industry positions are on the cards, but I am currently unsure. I intend to explore these options and others throughout my career at Mizzou.

What did you like about Mizzou?

The research is state-of-the-art and aligns very well with my interests. Students are well looked after here, with our educations and development central. Again, the NEP department is collaborative which provides exciting opportunities for research. The seminar series is great!

Who was your mentor?

My mentor is Dr. Jaume Padilla.