Co-Directors

The TMRL is co-directed by Matt Robinson, Ph.D. and Sean Newsom, Ph.D. Their combined expertise in molecular and integrative metabolism makes the TMRL an emerging leader in the human metabolic disease research. The TMRL is also comprised of several high-performing student scientists. Below you can learn more about all members of the TMRL.

 

Matt Robinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Robinson completed doctoral training at Colorado State University in Human Bioenergetics followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in the division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition at Mayo Clinic. He joined Oregon State University in the summer of 2016 as an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Dr. Robinson has lead multiple projects investigating the benefits of acute exercise and longer term training interventions on skeletal muscle physiology and mitochondrial metabolism. Outside of the lab, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jeanne, and their 4 children. Their favorite past-times include riding bikes and gardening.

Watch research seminar: Impact of Exercise and Insulin Resistance on the Mitochondrial Proteome

Sean Newsom, Ph.D.

Dr. Newsom completed doctoral training at the University of Michigan in the School of Kinesiology, and postdoctoral training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He joined Oregon State University in the summer of 2015. Dr. Newsom has completed several metabolic research investigations aimed at understanding the consequences of obesity and sedentary lifestyle on skeletal muscle insulin sensitivity, as well as the metabolic benefit of acute exercise and/or dietary interventions. Away from the lab, Sean can be found running and biking the trails surrounding Corvallis, dreaming of earning a PGA Tour card and spending quality time with his wife, Lauren, and their two dogs, Roxy and Ouzo.

Student Scientists

Sarah Ehrlicher, M.S.

Sarah Ehrlicher, M.S.

Sarah Ehrlicher is a doctoral student in the Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory. Originally from Texas, she moved out West to earn a B.S. in Nutrition and a M.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University. At Oregon State University, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Nutrition with a focus on molecular nutrition and cell metabolism. Sarah’s broad research interests include skeletal muscle physiology, mitochondrial function and insulin sensitivity. Outside of the lab, Sarah enjoys running when it’s not too rainy outside, progressing her baking skills and dreaming of Texas BBQ and campfires.

Harrison Stierwalt, M.S.

Harrison Stierwalt, M.S.

Harrison Stierwalt is a doctoral student in the Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory. Originally from Iowa, Harrison earned a B.S. and M.S. in Exercise Science from Florida State University. During his time at Florida State he competed as a varsity track and field athlete in the pole-vault event. At Oregon State University, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with focus in exercise physiology and cell metabolism. Harrison’s research interests include skeletal muscle physiology, mitochondrial function, lipid metabolism, and insulin sensitivity. Outside of the lab, Harrison enjoys mountain biking, running, rock climbing and learning how to build masterfully crafted pieces of art, made from the finest wood in the land.

Erin McGowan, M.S

Erin McGowan is a doctoral student in the Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory. Erin moved to Oregon from Massachusetts where she earned a B. S. in Biology and a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She earned her M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. At Oregon State University, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a focus in exercise physiology and cell metabolism. Erin’s research interests include the effects of diet and exercise on mitochondrial respiration, skeletal muscle physiology, and insulin sensitivity. Outside the lab, Erin enjoys outdoor activities, trying out new recipes, and spending time with her dogs.

Phil Batterson, M.S.

Phil Batterson is a doctoral student in the Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory. Originally from Michigan, Phil earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He then moved to Colorado to earn his M.S in Biology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. At Oregon state University, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a focus on exercise physiology and cell metabolism. Phil’s research interests include skeletal muscle physiology, mitochondrial bioenergetics, and insulin sensitivity. Outside of the lab, Phil enjoys mountain biking, trail running, and rock climbing.

Former students

Bergen Sather

Bergan graduated and is currently at Medical School at OHSU.

Bergen Sather joined the Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory in the winter of 2016 during her second year at Oregon State University. She majored in Biology and Public Health with a focus in Pre-Medicine. Her research interests included the effects of lifestyle interventions, specifically nutrition and exercise, on human health. She was particularly interested in the mechanisms of these interventions on a molecular level.

 

Emily Burney

Emily graduated and is applying to medical schools.

Emily pursued an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with an option in Health Management and Policy, and minored in Business and Entrepreneurship and Chemistry. She came to Oregon State University because of its vast array of academic options and focus on research. Emily was excited to learn about the cellular processes and functions relating to insulin sensitivity and apply the knowledge gained to make a difference.