Research Team

Our research team has the expertise to uniquely assess physical functioning, energy production, fatigue, and changes in health parameters within both humans and animals using a variety of laboratory-based assessments. We have extensive experience in receiving IRB and IACUC approval for the use of our models and protocols. If appropriate and necessary based on the research question, cell culture studies can also be performed.

Richard J. Bloomer, Ph.D. is a Professor and Director of the Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Laboratory at The University of Memphis. His research is focused on the use of nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, and dietary strategies aimed at improving cardiovascular and metabolic health. He is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of oxidative stress and nutraceutical research.

Randy Buddington, Ph.D. is a Professor in The School of Health Studies. He is a physiologist by training, and his research involves both animal models and human subjects, to evaluate nutrient interventions aimed at improving health. He has particular expertise using both pig and rodent models.

Karyl Buddington, DVM, DACLAM is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She has worked with research animals for 20 years and has worked in many types of research. She has extensive experience using mice, rats, and pigs studying all organ systems.

Matthew Butawan is a Research Associate in The School of Health Studies. He oversees the  clinical studies and assists with various biochemical analyses within Dr. Bloomer's Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Laboratory.  His research interests include the  impact nutritional supplements have on health and wellness.

Keith R. Martin, PhD, MTox is a Research Assistant Professor in The School of Health Studies and the Center for Nutraceutical and Dietary Supplements Research. His research focuses on the effects of dietary supplements as purified bioactive agents or functional foods on risk factors associated with chronic disease (cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammation). He has expertise in cell culture, rodent models. and human research.

Max R. Paquette, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in The School of Health Studies. His research interests are largely focused on the biomechanics of the lower limb for performance enhancement and injury prevention. He is interested in the interplay between nutraceuticals and physical recovery following exercise, as well as the anti-inflammatory effect of dietary ingredients.

Brandt Pence, PhD. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Studies. His research focuses on changes in immune function and inflammation in response to physiological stimuli such as exercise and nutritional interventions. He has experience in cell culture, rodent models, and human research.

Helen Sable, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Sable is a behavioral pharmacologist and toxicologist. Her research investigates the impact of exposure to teratogens and the effects of nutritional interventions during early development and aging on behavioral health.

Michelle B. Stockton, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in The School of Health Studies. Her research is focused on the identification, prevention, and reduction of health risks and incorporates the design, implementation, and treatment fidelity of community-based health behavior interventions/programs specifically targeting obesity prevention. Her expertise is in the methodological design and statistical analyses of health-related studies, including bi- and multivariate inferential statistics, degree of relationships, and prediction of group memberships.

Marie van der Merwe, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in The School of Health Studies. Her research focus is on the interaction between nutrition and the immune system, focusing particularly on the regulatory mechanisms that counteract inflammation. She has expertise in both cell culture experiments and the use of animal models.

Charles R. Yates, Pharm.D., Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. He is skilled in the areas of bioanalytical chemistry, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics and has over 15 years of experience in academic and pharmaceutical industry drug development. His research is focused on the discovery and development of novel anti-inflammatory therapeutics with an emphasis on natural product pharmacophores.