OUR TEAM

Dr. Megan Wenner

Dr. Megan Wenner

Director/Principal Investigator

Shane McGinty

Shane McGinty

PhD Student

Laura Welti

Laura Welti

PhD Student

Angelica DeVecchio

Angelica DeVecchio

PhD Student

Ally Schwab

Ally Schwab

MS Student

Saumya Tummala

Saumya Tummala

MS Student

Kathy Masso

Kathy Masso

Lab Coordinator

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Megan Wenner

Dr. Megan Wenner | Director/Principal Investigator

Associate Professor, University of Delaware, Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

mwenner@udel.edu

Megan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware. She received her PhD from the University of Delaware and completed postdoctoral training at The John B. Pierce Laboratory. Her research focuses on women’s health and cardiovascular function. Her most recent work examines the impact of ovarian hormones on vascular signaling mechanisms in women throughout the lifespan, with a particular focus on Endothelin-1 (ET-1). She also investigates mechanisms regulating blood pressure in women, and through collaborations with Drs. William Farquhar and Sean Stocker, examines the effects of salt on blood pressure control.

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PhD Students

Shane McGinty

Shane McGinty | PhD Student

smcginty@udel.edu

Shane received both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Exercise Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He has experience in both basic and applied sciences having conducted previous research with both professional sports teams and the National Institutes of Health. Shane’s research interests include the role of the autonomic nervous system in regulating cardiovascular function and the areas of the brain responsible for this. He is currently studying autonomic function and central autonomic regulation in women who are transitioning through menopause.

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Laura Welti

Laura Welti | PhD Student

lmwelti@udel.edu

Laura received her Master of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University. She has a background in clinical trials research involving lifestyle interventions to prevent and delay the onset of cardiovascular diseases and mobility disability in older adults. Her general research interests include how lifestyle and hormonal factors impact cardiovascular and functional health in women during the menopausal transition and throughout aging. Laura also enjoys cooking, crafting, and running marathons.

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Laura Welti

Angelica DeVecchio | PhD Student

adelvec@udel.edu

Angelica completed her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at the University of Scranton and her Master of Science in Exercise Science at Montclair State University. She has previous experience researching blood pressure changes throughout different resistance exercise protocols in young women. She is currently interested in studying vascular function in women throughout the lifespan and the effects of estrogen on vascular function. Outside the lab Angelica enjoys distance trail running and volunteers for a local animal shelter.

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MS Students

Laura Welti

Ally Schwab | MS Student

allyschw@udel.edu

Ally completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Physiology from Plymouth State University. Her research interests focus on cardiovascular physiology, sex differences in disease progression, and intervention treatments for cardiovascular disease. Ally is currently studying the effects of hormone therapy on women’s cardiovascular health. In her free time Ally enjoys golfing, snowboarding, and cooking.

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Laura Welti

Saumya Tummala | MS Student

saumyat@udel.edu

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Lab Coordinator

Laura Welti

Kathy Masso | Lab Coordinator

kcmasso@udel.edu

Kathy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Delaware and later a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She has clinical experience in high risk maternal fetal medicine. She managed the Cardiovascular and Vascular Research labs at UD and advised department undergraduates pursuing careers in health sciences before joining the Women’s Cardiovascular Research Lab. Understanding cardiovascular disease risk as women age is of particular interest. Kathy stays active hiking, biking, paddleboarding, and tiring out her Australian Shepherd.

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Alumni

Past Post-Doc

Leena Shoemaker

Past PhD Student

Andrew Kuczmarski

Past Lab Coordinator

Josh Hobson

 

Collaborators

Dr. Ronald F. Feinberg and Reproductive Associates of Delaware

Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, Anita O’Keeffe Young Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Michael Stillabower

Dr. William Farquhar

Dr. Sean Stocker