KIN students with strong showing at Texas ACSM

UTEP Students from Dr. Bajpeyi's Lab awarded high honors at TACSM

Members of the Metabolism, Nutrition and Exercise Research (MiNER) Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, were recently recognized at the annual American College of Sports Medicine (Texas Chapter; TACSM) meeting. 

Dr. Sudip Bajpeyi was an invited speaker at the meeting, with his presentation entitled: “Does intramyocelluar lipid really affect insulin sensitivity?” His talk focused on his research over the last decade in understanding the effects of exercise and diet on fat accumulation in muscle, one of the main pathological insults in obesity and type 2 diabetes.  

In addition, four students from Dr. Bajpeyi’s lab were selected as finalists, meriting top 8 for their respective research. Catalina De La Peña (undergraduate), Cynthia Montenegro (undergraduate), and Cesar Meza (graduate) each presented posters on a project that aims to understand the effects of different high fat diets on skeletal muscle metabolism. Manuel Amador (graduate) presented his thesis that investigates the effects of a family history of type 2 diabetes on exercise-mediated improvements in insulin-sensitivity. Cesar and Manuel were awarded second and third place, respectively, in the Masters student research category.