Sudip Bajpeyi, PhD
Department of Kinesiology
Dr. Sudip Bajpeyi currently serves as the director of the Metabolism, Nutrition & Exercise Research Laboratory (MiNER) and also holds joint appointments with Department of Biological Sciences at UTEP and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC), in Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Bajpeyi completed his PhD in Bioenergetics from East Carolina University. Dr. Bajpeyi’s research interest includes effects of diet and exercise on obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Kisuk Min, PhD
Department of Kinesiology
Our laboratory investigates the effects of exercise on both cardiac and skeletal muscle physiology. Specifically, our lab focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of exercise that can protect cardiac and skeletal muscle against muscle diseases. Our research has important implications in human disease including the development of skeletal muscle atrophy, muscular dystrophy, muscle degeneration and heart failure. Currently, our lab aims to understand the role of mitogen-activated protein kinases in cardiac and skeletal muscle following injury, disease and exercise using mouse and cell culture models.
Current Graduate Students
Michael Sanchez is a graduate student in the Masters of Kinesiology program. He is currently working on his thesis to determine the effects of electrical muscle stimulation on mitochondrial function and glucose homeostasis. His research interest also include surgical interventions of rapid fat reduction and its implications on improving metabolic health. Michael also likes to spend time enriching his life by studying various types of philosophies, which he believes will make him a well-rounded researcher in science.
Solmaz Sigaroodi is a graduate student in the Master of Kinesiology program. She is currently working on a project investigating the effect of physical activity on the adaptation to a high fat diet.
Isaac is an undergraduate BUILDing Scholar pursuing a degree in Biological sciences. He is currently working on assessing the effects of high fat diet with varying fatty acid composition on insulin signaling, lipid oxidation and mitochondrial biogenesis.
Dante Nacim, is an undergraduate Kinesiology student in the lab. After taking two freshman year research intensive sequence (FYRIS) courses, Dante decided to join the lab to continue his as a student researcher. Alongside helping graduate students, Dante is currently developing his own undergraduate research project.
In his spare time outside of the lab, Dante likes spend time in the gym and reading books.