Alumni

Applied Physiology, Ed.M. Student

Charmagne, known by her peers as Cha Cha, began her journey in exercise science as a student athletic trainer at her high school. She recently graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and is currently pursuing an advanced master's degree applied physiology. Cha Cha's research interest include using exercise as both a preventative measure and treatment to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. She also works with the SKIP! program, Small Kids In Physical Activity, instructing 2-year old's and their parents to increase physical activity, foster positive parent-child relationships, and combat childhood obesity. In her spare time, she is training to be a functional fitness coach and actively tries to find the best coffee shops in Manhattan.

Applied Physiology, Ed.M. Candidate '19

Lara is a movement educator, international yoga teacher, lecturer, former professional dancer turned researcher and scholar. Born in South Dakota, she attended UNCSA for high school, and received her BFA in dance and an Associates in Arts Management with a focus on grant writing, both from SUNY Purchase. She performed as a professional dancer as a soloist in companies in Europe and the US for a near decade. Drawn to teaching, she lead a pilot program for the NYCBOE integrating movement into the established reading curriculum for the 5th and 6th grade and brought new yoga curriculum to Children’s Aid Society for toddlers to teens. As an Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, she has lead employee wellness programs at Viacom, Pfizer, Oxygen Media, Morgan Stanley, NYU and Martha Stewart Inc. In 2009, she was invited to develop new programs for the largest wellness company in Japan, Studio Yoggy/Lohas International where she has since traveled twice a year expanding their program nation wide into 26 locations. She was headhunted in 2009 by Memorial Sloan Kettering and mentored under Dr. Barrie Cassileth, becoming the first Manager of the Exercise and Yoga Programs at their Integrative Medicine Service. Studying under Dr. Carol Garber, her research interests focus on the physiological responses to physical activity and yoga for pediatrics, adults and clinical populations. She is a founding member of the Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy and an active member of IAYT, SIO and ACSM organizations.

Charul is a first year Ed.M. student from the Applied Physiology Program. Former licensed Architect in India, she began her journey in exercise science when she was herself diagnosed with a chronic disease and got better through lifestyle changes, exercise and nutrition. It has become her passion to study and research about the impact of movement on body physiology and to use exercise as a therapy. She is a certified Health Coach form IHN. She did her clinical nutrition certificate course from ACSM, and  is also a certified Yoga instructor. She has organized programs and has been part of many workshops in Indian schools, promoting physical Activity and healthy eating. Her research interests involves exercise and its meditating effects on altering Gut microbiota and reveal its connection with brain function. Besides teaching Yoga, she loves uphill trekking and is also a swimmer, and enjoys taking part in marathons and triathlons.

Dr. Shirit Kamil-Rosenberg is an alumna of TC in the Applied Physiology program and completed a postdoctoral teaching fellowship at TC.  She is a clinical exercise physiologist with an interest in the importance of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in the chronic diseases population. Shirit is currently working in research in clinical exercise physiology at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System related to the importance of physical activity on caregivers as well as database work with cardiorespiratory fitness.  She has written and collaborated on papers relating to the importance of physical activity and cardiopulmonary fitness in different populations. She loves to take hikes, walks, and bike rides with her family. 

Jeremy is currently a master's student in Applied Physiology at Teachers College, Columbia University. His primary research interests include preventative medicine and substrate utilization in response to acute and chronic exercise in healthy individuals and individuals who suffer from obesity or metabolic diseases. His publications have been related to areas of exercise metabolism, ergogenic aids, strength and conditioning, and cardiorespiratory fitness. He received his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from The College of New Jersey. While at The College of New Jersey, Jeremy founded the ACSM's Exercise is Medicine On-Campus chapter that promoted physical activity and an active lifestyle for college-aged students. Additionally, Jeremy served as a student researcher that was responsible for coordinating and executing faculty-supervised research. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys saltwater fishing, training for triathlons, and spending time on the beach with his wife and two dogs. Moving forward, Jeremy intends to pursue a Doctorate of Education in Applied Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Danielle Kipnis is a Masters student in the Applied Exercise Physiology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her BS in Dance and English from Northwestern University. Danielle teaches yoga throughout NYC and is also the artistic director of a contemporary dance company. She is focusing her research at TC on how movement and a yoga practice can be beneficial for those experiencing physical pain, neurodegenerative disorders, and emotional traumas.

Doctoral Student in Applied Physiology

Ashley is an engineer turned exercise physiologist, having spent the first decade of her career as a design and consulting engineer and sustainability manager. She went back to school to obtain a Masters degree in Applied Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently pursuing doctoral work in the same program. In addition to her exercise testing work at the Teachers College applied physiology lab and EXerT Clinic, she also works at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center as a Research Coordinator for an observational exercise study evaluating oxidative capacity in neuromuscular disease using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Her research interests include oxygen uptake kinetics, exercise and physical activity in children, and how exercise and physical activity affect neurophysiology and behavior. She is also an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, former triathlete and college rower, and mother to two young boys.

MA Candidate in Applied Physiology

Juan is currently an MA candidate in Applied Exercise Physiology. Juan has been with the EXerT Clinic since February 2020 and his research interests lie in the physiological mechanisms of cognitive and motor development and how exercise can affect these across a prolonged timeframe. He also loves soccer and works as a soccer coach, both in youth development and at the college level. He is very passionate about integrating concepts of exercise physiology, cognitive neuroscience and meditation practices into the craft of coaching. In his free time, aside from playing or watching soccer, Juan enjoys spending time with friends, being outdoors and traveling.  

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