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Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, Ph.D.
Director
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I'm also on the program faculty of the Department of Population Health Sciences and am a member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center. I have a B.A. from Carleton College in Minnesota and a joint Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Psychology from Yale University. Prior to coming to the UW - Madison I was a postdoctoral fellow at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle (in conjunction with the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington) and a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. My research centers on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and obesity and their relationship with cancer and other chronic diseases. 
Jess Gorzelitz
PhD Student 
My areas of interests include physical activity in populations, specifically women and cancer survivors and understanding how physical activity contributes to health as a whole. Additionally, I am interested in investigating resistance-training interventions for women and cancer survivors, and studying population-level physical activity assessment. I completed my M.S. in 2016 in the Department of Population Health Sciences from UW-Madison, and passed my preliminary exams in January 2018 advancing to dissertator status. Physical activity is such a complex human behavior, and is certainly a modifiable determinant of health, which makes it so interesting to study.   My interests and hobbies, outside of academia, include weight-lifting, spending time with my dog Dug, fishing, cooking and baking, and enjoying the great outdoors of Wisconsin.
  
Diana Dorn
Masters Student
My name is Diana Dorn and I am a second year masters student in the physical activity epidemiology lab.  I have been at UW-Madison for almost 6 years now as I graduated with my BS in Kinesiology-Exercise and Movement Science in 2016.  My research interests include technology enhanced physical activity interventions, especially in the form of wearables, as well as cancer and women's health. When I'm not in the lab you can find me spending time outside hiking or camping or spending time with family and friends. 
Brittany Van Remortel
MD/MPH Student
I am a dual degree student completing a Master in Public Health between my third and fourth year of medical school. After graduating in 2018, I plan to go on to a pediatrics residency and then likely onto a fellowship in hematology/oncology. My main public health interests surround the role of physical activity in preventing chronic disease and improving outcomes for those with chronic disease, specifically patients with cancer. My interests/hobbies include exercise of all kinds (especially group exercise & weight lifting), spending time my the wonderful people in my life, KIDS, my cat Izzy and music of all kinds.
    
Preshita Date
MD/MPH Student
I am a dual degree student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, completing a Master of Public Health between my third and fourth year of medical school. Between graduating from undergrad and starting medical school, I worked at Epic Systems in technical services and also received a M.S. in Physiology from Georgetown. My public health interests lie in the areas of health disparities, policy, and advocacy. Outside of medicine and public health, I enjoy running, yoga, spending time with friends, reading, and soaking up as much sunshine as possible!
Alli Zeman
Kinesiology Major
  I am a senior studying the Kinesiology-Exercise and Movement Science Program as a Pre-Health student. I plan to pursue a medical degree after graduation in 2018. I love Epi Lab because it has given me the opportunity to develop patient-contact skills and learn the basics of research, while developing relationships with students and professors at every level of education. While I’m not studying, I enjoy swing dancing, backpacking, hunting, and sports of all kinds.
    
Reese Hyzer
Psychology Major
 I am a senior studying Psychology, Global Health, and Gender and Women’s studies. After graduation, I plan on applying to graduate school for Public Health. I am interested in population health and the promotion of wellness through physical activity and exercise. I enjoy working in the Epi Lab because I have been able to develop my skills as a researcher and find the work meaningful because it focuses on chronic diseases that affect women's health. Outside of academics, I enjoy doing yoga, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.
Chloe Farber
Kinesiology Major
I am a junior at UW studying Kinesiology-Exercise Movement Science. After graduation I hope to go to PA school as well as obtain a masters in public health.  My end goal is to work in pediatrics and I am very interested in physical activity interventions for young children and its benefits both physically and cognitively. I love working in the PA Epi lab because of the unique experience to build connections with students and professors, strenghten my research skills and learn more about health and exercise. In my free time I enjoy hiking, playing piano and traveling.

Stefanie Stoller
Kinesiology Major
I am a junior majoring in Kinesiology- Exercise and Movement Science. Following graduation in 2019, I hope to pursue a doctorate in Physical Therapy. I enjoy working in the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab because I am interested in physical activity interventions as a treatment for chronic disease and improvement of quality of life. I am particularly interested in physical activity interventions for school-aged children, looking at adherence, and long-term physiological and cognitive benefits. Being a part of the lab has given me the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors as well as collaborate with a team of intellectually diverse peers. When I’m not nestled in my science books at Memorial Library, you can find me hiking, cooking, rooting on the Red Sox, or spending quality time with family and friends.
Rachel Schuller
Kinesiology Major
I am currently a senior at UW-Madison. I am studying Kineisology-Exercise Movement Science with a certificate in Global Health. After graduation, I hope to attend PA school I enjoy working in the Physical Acitivty Epidemiology Lab because of the unique experiences and opportunities I am given to grow in my research skills and methodology. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing sports, and spending time outdoors.
Allie Palmer
Biology Major
I am a sophomore studying Biology and Global Health with hopes to gain a Masters in Public Health post graduation. I joined the Physical Activity Epidemiology lab because I am passionate about improving peoples wellbeing through preventive measures and learning about the "whys" of disease. Outside of school I love watching sunsets on the terrace, traveling to different national parks, and spending time with friends and family on the lake. 
Previous students & trainees

Past postdocs and graduate students
Keith Thraen-Borowksi (postdoctoral fellow) -- Now an Assistant Professor at Loras College (Dubuque, IA)
Emily Wirkus (MPH student) -- Now employed at UW - Madison

Past undergraduate lab members and practicum students
Taylor Amich 
Emily Torres
Rose DiGuilio
Niky Green
​Natalia Sitailo
Nicole Van Beek