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Ph.D. student connects athletics with genetics to strengthen the human body

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Rebecca Mammel, a Ph.D. student in the Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is applying data gathered from her research to improve her performance as an athlete. Mammel is a thrower on Virginia Tech's Track and Field team.
I'm a first year PhD student in Human Nutrition, food and exercise sign. And I do hammer way and discuss. Being a PhD student athlete is hard. Every morning. I'm in the lab doing everything I can in the lab. And then at night or in the afternoon, I focus on athletics. And I can't say which one's like a priority because I just try to give each of them I all there's a fine line between my research and my athletics and some points, my research I'm able to like think as much as I want. And in track and field, I'm trying to just feel the motion, feel the technique. So thinking is great and everything. But when I get to the ring, I want to just feel what I'm doing. And in science I'm able to think about everything that I'm doing. I've always had a love for science. And in my undergrad I learn that love was a genetics, but I never understood exactly how can I be athletics and genetics at the same time at vt, this, this fall and the spring is when I actually was able to connect them and find good career that I'm super interested in. And that's kinda how I got here looking at shrinking the human body, making it healthy. But from a basic science standpoint, we are looking at skeletal muscle and how different bouts of exercise impact skeletal muscle. And then in my future research, I'll be looking at how the cells next to blood vessels cross talk and communicate with other skeletal muscles and all looking at exercise and how that impacts disease and health being a part of human nutrition food asides, we look at differences in nutrition and how the time that you eat or the duration of food available impacts your exercise and impacts pathways in your body. So that also connects directly to my athletics. In the lab. I'm trying to understand how and why our bodies work their way they do, and I'm specifically looking what makes them healthier and making them stronger. And then in my athletics, I'm personally trying to get stronger and become healthier. So it's kinda like same main goal but from different churches.