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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..


Alex Brooks, MS, CSCS

PhD Research Assistant

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Alec Schumpp, 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 an M.S. in Exercise Science through the Arnold School of Public Health.

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

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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

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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

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