Our Team

Core Team


Ciaran Fairman, PhD


I am an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina and Director of the Exercise Oncology lab. I received my PhD in Kinesiology from The Ohio State University and completed my Postdoctoral Fellowship in Exercise Oncology at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University in Australia. 

Fun Facts: I play Gaelic football, an amazing sport that is indigenous to Ireland, and has some great clubs across the states! Despite living in Australia for almost 3 years, I never surfed, nor did I see any sharks..

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Morgan Jones, MS

PhD Research Assistant

I am an Alabama native who is especially interested in exercise's effects on the immune system.  I am joining the lab to round out my grand tour of the SEC, coming to the lab with a bachelor's in organismal biology from Auburn University and a master's in exercise physiology from The University of Alabama. I oversee a lot of the projects in the lab and keep Ciaran on task when he gets distracted!

Fun Facts: My favorite hobbies include being walked by my collie, Thach, and Crossfit. Brownies > chocolate chip cookies. 


Alec Schump, BS

Graduate Research Assistant

I am a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a B.A. in Integrative Physiology. I am currently pursuing his M.S. in Exercise Science through the Arnold School of Public Health.

Fun Facts: I am a member of the university's coed cheerleading team.



Lab Mascot

I am a 7 year old teacup yorkie. I spend most of my days sunbathing, but like to go on walks every now and again. 

Fun facts: I love pupperoni.


Affiliate Members & Collaborators

We're lucky to work with and learn with some great people across campus!


Karen McDonnell, PHD, RN

Associate Professor, 
College of Nursing, 
University of South Carolina

Research Expertise:

Supportive care interventions for family dyads in cancer

Symptom management

Mindfulness-based stress reduction

Mobile health


Shaun Owens, PhD., MPH

Associate Professor, 
College of Social Work,
University of South Carolina

Research Expertise

Health and Cancer Communications with diverse populations

Technology for health promotion and informed decision making in aging adults

Smart and connected health


Angela Murphy, PhD

Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine Columbia

Research Expertise


Muscle wasting in Cancer


Brandon VanderVeen, PHD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow,

School of Medicine,

University of South Carolina

Research Expertise


Muscle wasting in Cancer


Shana Harrington, PT, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Research Expertise

Cancer survivorship

Patient reported outcomes

Upper extremity impairments in breast cancer



We continue to learn and work with leaders in their respective fields from across the world.

Jesper Christensen, PHD

Centre for Physical Activity Research (CFAS),



Brian Focht, PHD

Director of Exercise and Behavioral Medicine Laboratory,
Department of Human Sciences,
The Ohio State University

Krissy Kendall, PhD

School of Medicine and Health Science,
Edith Cowan University

Emer Guinan, PhD

School of Medicine, 

Trinity College Dublin, 

Tormod Nilsen, PhD

Department of Physical Performance,
Norwegian School of Sports Science,

Carolyn Peddle-McIntyre, PhD

Exercise Medicine Research Institute, 
Edith Cowan University

Moritz Schumann, PHD

German Sport University, 

James Steele, PhD

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, 
Solent University Southampton,
United Kingdom

Mike Zourdos, PHD

Florida Atlantic University