Barnes Lab – Our People

Jill N. Barnes, Ph.D.

I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2015.  I became interested in the human body’s ability to quickly adapt to exercise and environmental stress as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, where I completed an Honor’s thesis under the direction of Jeffrey Horowitz.  This project motivated me to pursue a career in scientific research.  I obtained both my Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the University of Texas at Austin under the mentorship of Hirofumi Tanaka and then moved to Mayo Clinic for a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Michael Joyner.  My research has been supported by the NIH and continues to focus on the body’s ability to adapt to exercise, stress, and how this changes with aging.  When I am not in the laboratory, I enjoy traveling, riding my bike and almost any outdoor activity.


Anna Howery, M.S. Research Specialist

After growing up in the Madison area, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my undergraduate education, majoring in Rehabilitation Psychology. After graduation, I attended Carroll University, where I completed my Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. I have been a Research Specialist in Jill Barnes lab since 2015. In the lab, I assist in maintaining compliance during each of our research studies, along with assisting in subject recruitment, data collection and data management. When not in the lab, I enjoy training for marathons and cheering on the Badgers and Packers.



Kathleen Miller, Graduate Student

I am a PhD student in the Department of Kinesiology pursuing a degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Neuroscience. My Master’s thesis, under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Barnes, investigated the relationship between central arterial stiffness and brain blood flow in young and older healthy adults. For my PhD, I will continue to study brain blood flow regulation and cerebrovascular function utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). When I am not in the lab you may find me attempting new yoga poses or looking for an excuse to travel overseas.


Andrew Pearson, Graduate Student 

Born and raised in Michigan, I recently moved to Madison to begin a PhD in Exercise Physiology here at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I graduated with a BS in Movement Science from the University of Michigan and an MS in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University. I am primarily interested in the combined effect of exercise, diet, and fasting on the neurovasculature, cardiovascular system, and overall health. While learning, teaching, and researching at UW-Madison, I hope to discover how autonomic and cardiovascular function can be improved through simple dietary and physical activity modifications. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy listening to music and exercising with a particular focus on running.

Adam Corkery, Graduate Student

I was born and raised in Iowa, and I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2016 with a B.S. in Human Physiology and a minor in Psychology. Here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I am a second year Master’s student studying Exercise Physiology. My research interests include the effects of aging and habitual exercise on the cerebrovascular and cardiovascular systems.  With my research, I hope to help identify the methods and amounts of physical activity that best benefit cardiovascular and brain health. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy cycling, running, and traveling.


Nicole Eisenmann, Graduate Student

I am originally from a small mountain town in Colorado. I completed my undergraduate education in 2014 at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs with a major in Exercise Biology. After graduation, I worked as a teaching assistant and tutor for the biology and chemistry departments at the University of Colorado. I am currently a second year Master’s student studying Exercise Physiology. My current research interests include how incorporating exercise into your daily life can slow the negative effects of aging and how this differs between genders. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy skiing and snowboarding, biking, traveling and reading a new novel.


Samuel Gallo, Undergraduate Fellow

I was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin, and I am starting my Junior year here at UW-Madison. I am studying exercise and movement science, and I am also preparing for medical school. I have been working in the Barnes lab since I was a freshman, and I am interested in the effects of aging on the cerebrovascular system. Outside of school and work, I love working out, fishing, camping, and almost any other outdoor activity there is.

Undergraduate Students:

Alyson Zimmerman, Carissa Loeper, Ido Haber, Katherine Senese, Makayla Tuomi, Mark Saari, Niklaus Zeller and Samuel Gallo

Undergraduate Alumni:

Alexandra Carl, Allison Tran, Athena Golfinos, Emily Hartwig, Emma Chapman, Hallie Mueller, Karly Katchen, Lauren Walker, Mackenzie Greisch, Michael Nuenninghoff, Mikaela Schwantz, and Nicholas Winder