Principal Investigator

Gary Pierce

Gary L. Pierce, PhD

Lab Manager/Research Associate

Lauren Points, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Seth Holwerda, PhD

Graduate Students

Lyndsey DuBose, MS

Rachel Luehrs, MS

Ginny Nuckols, MS


Undergraduate Students

Rumbi Majee

Melissa Rader 

Leah Reierson

Michael Lee

Research Assistants

Allene Gremaud, MS

Alli O'Deen, MS

Lauren Reist, MS


Research Nurses

Amy Stroud, RN, MSN

Deb Brandt, PhD, RN

Medical Students

Ericka Tank, BS

Nick Parker, BS

Research Fellows/Residents

Andie Betz, DO (Ob/Gyn)

Marshall Holland, MD (Neurosurgery)

Cardiologists (Exercise testing supervision)

Gardar Sigurdsson, MD

Philip Schmid, MD

University of Iowa Collaborators:

Jess Fiedorowicz, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, and Epidemiology

Harald Stauss, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Physiology

Michelle Voss, PhD, Assistant Professor,  Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Aging Mind and Brain Initiative

Roberto Kalil, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine (Nephrology and Hypertension)

Darren Casey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Sanjana Dayal, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Department of Internal Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Francois Abboud, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Mark Santillan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Curt Sigmund, PhD, Chair and Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Internal Medicine, and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics; Director, UI Healthcare Center for Hypertension Research

Justin Grobe, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Kamal Rahmouni, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine

Karin Hoth, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Alejandro Comellas, MD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine

David Hasan, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery; Section Chief, Vascular Neurosurgery 

Eric Hoffman, PhD, Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering; Director, Iowa Comprehensive Lung Imaging Center

Laura Ponto, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Pharmaceutical Science; Brain PET Imaging Center

Randy Kardon, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Director of Neuro-ophthalmology

External Collaborators

Douglas Seals, PhD, Professor University of Colorado Boulder

John Cockcroft, MD, Professor, Wales Heart Research Institute, Cardiff UK

Elaine Urbina, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Preventive Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital