KAAP Graduate students support Women’s Cardiovascular Health at the Go Red for Women luncheon. This event serves to empower local communities on their ability to build awareness, raise funds, and support research and education initiatives. This year, the 15th annual Southern Delaware regional event was attended by hundreds of guests who participated in a silent auction, exhibitions, health screenings, and lunch with speaker presentations and a fashion show. Notable speakers included a keynote by Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long and an address by Sierra Hall, a young cardiac arrest survivor, to raise awareness of the importance of performing emergency CPR.


Laura Welti, PhD student in Dr. Megan Wenner’s lab, recently represented KAAP at the National Scientista Symposium presenting her research poster titled “Impact of Physical Activity on Rapid Onset Pressor Response in Young Women with a Family History of Hypertension”. The Scientista Foundation is a national organization that fosters collaboration and networking opportunities among pre-professional women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) through a strong local and national community.


Sangeetha Nathaniel was awarded a Doctoral Student Research Grant from the American College of Sports Medicine Foundation to help fund her dissertation project titled “Entresto Effects on Cardiovascular Response to Exercise in Heart Failure Patients”. 


Joe Stock was awarded a University Dissertation Fellowship, Kamila Migdal and Katarina Smiljanec were awarded University Doctoral Fellowships, and Eric Munoz was awarded a Graduate Scholars Award for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Katarina Smiljanec and Matt Babcock received the Caroline Tum Suden Travel Award from the American Physiological Society to present their abstracts at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida, April 6-9, 2019.


Maca Ramos-Gonzalez received the Martin Frank Diversity Travel Award from the American Physiological Society to present her abstract at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida, April 6-9, 2019.


At the MARC ACSM Regional Meeting, Nov 2-3, 2018, the APHY Doctoral program had 9 doctoral students present. Four of our students were among the doctoral award nominees including Sangeetha Nathaniel, Macarena Ramos Gonzalez, Joe Stock, and Joe Watso. Congratulations to Sangeetha from Dr. Wenner’s lab for winning the doctoral competition! All of our students did a wonderful job of presenting!

Kamila Migdal was the recipient of the Caroline Tum Suden Travel Award from the American Physiological Society to present her abstract titled “Effect of Dietary Sodium Intake on Blood Pressure Variability” at the Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, CA, April 21-24, 2018.

Congratulations to Joe Watso! He was awarded a University Doctoral Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Several of our students traveled to San Diego, CA for the annual Experimental Biology Conference to present their work. Attendees included Matthew Babock, Andrew Kuczmarski, Kamila Migdal, Sangeetha Nathaniel, Katarina Smiljanec, and Joseph Watso.

Graduate students presented at the 8th Annual University of Delaware Graduate Students’ Forum on Friday, April 20.

Macarena Ramos-Gonzalez gave an oral presentation on her project “Vegetarian Diet and Vascular Function”.

Members of the Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology presented posters at this year’s American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Minneapolis MN.

Elissa Katulka won the Best Student Abstract Award from the Noninvasive Physiological Measurement Interest Group.

Katarina Smiljanec received a student travel award for the NISBRE Conference in Washington D.C. in June. 

Andrew Kuczmarski was selected to participate in the NIH Clinical Center’s Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students—2018 Cohort this summer.

Kamila Migdal – High dietary sodium can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease including stroke. Even one high sodium meal can reduce blood vessel function. Thus, Kamila’s project will examine the effects of acute dietary sodium on brain blood vessel function at rest and blood pressure regulation during aerobic exercise.

Matt Babcock- High dietary sodium, a nearly ubiquitous cardiovascular disease risk factor, is believed to affect blood pressure regulation during and after exercise. Matt’s project is designed to determine how high sodium diets affect blood pressure during and after aerobic exercise.

Joe Stock – This award will help fund his dissertation titled, “The effect of acute exercise on pulsatile load in healthy aging”. This project will investigate how handgrip exercise and supine cycle exercise impact aortic blood pressure and flow in young and older adults.