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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.
  
Somya Rastogi
Doctoral student
I am a first-year doctoral student. Prior to it, I graduated with an MPH with specialization in Social Epidemiology from Mumbai, India. After graduating, I worked for a couple of years in the area of HIV monitoring and evaluation. I also worked as a researcher for community-based research projects on non-communicable diseases in South and East India. Through my research in the epidemiology lab, I would like to understand the relation between physical activity and health outcomes in children. When not busy with classes and research, I can be found spending time with my husband and son.  
  
Rissa Lane
Master's student in Population Health Sciences
  I am a second year Masters student in the Population Health Sciences program. My research interests include physical activity and dietary behaviors of children and adolescents. Specifically, I am interested in studying effectiveness of policy, system, and environmental approach interventions to prevent and mitigate obesity in this population. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Madison, Wisconsin for my Undergraduate in 2012. After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree, I served as an AmeriCorps Farm to School Educator in Madison Metropolitan School District schools through REAP Food Group. Physical activity has always been a very important part of my life and I have participated in competitive swimming, track and field, and marathon running as well as non-competitive yoga, cycling and weight lifting over the years. I have experienced many of the health benefits of sports and exercise, and I am passionate about helping others to realize these as well.  
Stefanie Stoller
Undergraduate researcher
I am a senior majoring in ​Kinesiology- Exercise and Movement Science. Following graduation this spring, I will be pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy at Duke University. 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.
    
Bianca Briones
Undergraduate researcher
Coming soon!
Chloe Farber
Undergraduate researcher
I am a senior 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, strengthen my research skills and learn more about health and exercise. In my free time I enjoy hiking, playing piano and traveling.
    
Allie Palmer
Undergraduate researcher
I am a junior studying Biology and Global Health with hopes to gain a Masters in Public Health after 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.

(Allie is abroad in Thailand for Spring 2019 but will rejoin us in the fall.)
Madison Soukup
Undergraduate researcher
I am a senior studying Kinesiology- Exercise and Movement  Science as well as Global Health. After graduation in May, I want to pursue a graduate degree in public health with an emphasis on community health. Ultimately I would love to work in chronic disease prevention, especially with children who are at risk for obesity and diabetes. This will tie together my love for public health and kinesiology! I love being a part of the PA Epi Lab because I am learning research skills that I will use throughout my career and am able to interact with peers, graduate students, and professors. While not studying I love reading, biking, and adventuring outdoors.
Greta Deutsch
Undergraduate researcher
I am a junior studying Kinesiology - Exercise Movement Science. Following my graduation, I am hoping to continue my education and become an occupational therapist. I enjoy working in the PA Epi Lab because I have the opportunity to learn more about the research process and I’m interested in how exercise can improve others’ overall wellbeing. When I’m not studying or in the lab, I enjoy doing yoga, attending concerts, and traveling.  
Claire Otto
Undergraduate researcher
I am a junior studying Kinesiology- Exercise & Movement Science and Global Health. I am hoping to pursue a doctorate of Physical Therapy after graduating next spring. I'm excited to be a part of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab because I hope to advance my understanding of health, exercise and physical activity, particularly from a preventative aspect, as well as gain valuable experience in a research setting. Outside of school, I love spending time outside, traveling, and hanging out with family and friends.   
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
Diana Dorn (MS student) -- Now a health coach in Rapid City, SD

Past undergraduate lab members and practicum students
Rachel Schueller
Alli Zeman
​Reese Hyzer
Taylor Amich 
Emily Torres
Rose DiGuilio
Niky Green
​Natalia Sitailo
Nicole Van Beek