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.

Bergen Sather

Bergen Sather joined the Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory in the winter of 2016 during her second year at Oregon State University. Bergen is originally from Corvallis, currently a third-year undergraduate Honors College student, double majoring in Biology and Public Health with a focus in Pre-Medicine. Her research interests include the effects of lifestyle interventions, specifically nutrition and exercise, on human health. She is particularly interested in the mechanisms of these interventions on a molecular level. When she isn't in class or the lab you can find Bergen in a Zumba class, or volunteering at the community outreach clinic. In her free time Bergen enjoys Latin dance and scenic outdoor activities such as backpacking, kayaking and skiing.

Emily Burney

Emily Burney is currently pursuing an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with an option in Health Management and Policy, and minors in Business and Entrepreneurship and Chemistry. She grew up in Salem, Oregon, and came to Oregon State University because of its vast array of academic options and focus on research. Emily is excited to learn about the cellular processes and functions relating to insulin sensitivity and apply the knowledge gained to make a difference. When not in the lab or the classroom, she enjoys traveling and reading, and works as a Certified Pharmacy Technician and OSU Tour Ambassador.

Interested in joining the TMRL?

The TMRL is currently seeking to recruit a doctoral trainee beginning Fall 2019. More information regarding this opportunity can be found at Translational Physiology Doctoral Position at Oregon State University (pdf).