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Alex Von Schulze

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Alex Von Schulze is a 2017-2021 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  Alex received a B.S. (2011) in biomedical science from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona; and a M.S. (2016) in health and sports science from the University of Memphis.  Alex is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which inactivity and the ingestion of a high-fat diet can lead to metabolic dysfunction in humans.  He plans to use this information to develop novel therapeutic strategies to combat metabolic disease.  Upon obtaining his Ph.D., Alex hopes to use his expertise in metabolic health to inform public policy regarding physical activity and nutritional standards in K-12 schools.

Mentor: John P. Thyfault, Associate Professor, Physiology, KUMC and Paige Geiger, Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KUMC 

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