Shane Phillips

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    College: Applied Health Sciences Department: Physical Therapy
    Secondary Department: Diabetes and Metabolism
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: AHS 506H Phone: 355-0277
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Long Term Goals: The long term goals of the Vascular Biology Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago (Department of Physical Therapy) include the development of exercise and dietary interventions for optimal cardiovascular health in patients with obesity, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. More specifically we are interested in identifying the molecular and cellular mechanisms whereby elevations in blood pressure during certain exercise interventions (resistance and aerobic) might threaten the health of the vascular endothelium (a critical milestone in the development of heart disease).

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5-10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    I am looking for reliable and committed students that are willing to learn and gain experience in the research field of diet/nutrition, exercise, or rehabilitation. Potential students must be willing to commit at least 5 and up to 10 hours per week. In some instances, students must be able to provide transportation for themselves for data collection purposes. Students must also have a strong GPA and have interest/background in biology, physiology, nutrition and/or exercise sciences.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    You would be involved in research related to diet/nutrition and or exercise. Currently, there a multiple studies being done in my research lab. One study is examining the effects of protein supplementation and exercise in dialysis patients. Another study is looking at the effects of a low carbohydrate, low fat diet on cardiovascular health.

    This experience would be a great opportunity for you to expand your knowledge and skills in the medical and rehabilitation sciences. If you are thinking of pursuing graduate school, this opportunity would give you great experience and preparation in accomplishing this task.

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