Valene Garr Barry, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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Valene is a postdoctoral scholar in the WUSTL Transdisciplinary Transdisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease. Her mentors include Dr. Ebony Carter (Maternal-Fetal-Medicine) and Dr. Susan Racette (Physical Therapy). Valene received her PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her master’s thesis and dissertation explored using bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy as a non-invasive tool to identify women with insulin resistance. Valene’s longstanding interests are at the intersection of women’s health, energy metabolism, and assessment methods. Her research goal is to use whole-body metabolism and imaging approaches to understand the physiologic basis for the high prevalence of cardiometabolic disease among African American women and its mechanistic relationship to the disparate rates of pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality.


Elinor Harrison, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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Elinor (Ellie) was always torn between her two loves of dance and science, but it wasn’t until her senior year of college that she decided to fully abandon her dreams of medical school to pursue dance. After receiving a B.A. in French Literature and Dance from Washington University in St. Louis, she packed up her dance shoes and bought a one-way ticket to New York. Over a decade-long dance career, Dr. Harrison toured with musicals such as “A Chorus Line” and performed original dance/theatre works by choreographers including Jane Comfort, Janis Brenner, Mary Seidman, Nancy Meehan, Carlos Orta, and Thomas/Ortiz. In 2014, she returned to Washington University to pursue a PhD in Movement Science with hopes of transferring her love of movement out of the studio and into the lab to better the lives of people with neurological disorders. During graduate school, she developed a novel therapeutic technique of singing to improve gait for people with Parkinson’s disease, for which she received a Grammy Foundation Grant. Dr. Harrison is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Washington University with a dual appointment in Neurology and Dance.


Clifton J. Holmes, PhD, CSCS
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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Clifton is a postdoctoral researcher mentored by Dr. Bettina Mittendorfer in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center. His research background revolves around physiological responses to resistance exercise, human performance testing, and body composition assessment. Receiving a PhD from the University of Alabama under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Esco, Clifton’s dissertation work investigated the effects of acute resistance exercise on autonomic modulation and its relation to measures of fatigue and recovery. His current research interest is monitoring the effects of various resistance training protocols and dietary supplementation in aging and clinical populations, including type 2 diabetics and hypertensive individuals.   


Lauren Park, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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Originally from the St. Louis area, Lauren obtained her bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University in Exercise Science and subsequently completed her PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia under the mentorship of Dr. Jaume Padilla.  Her dissertation work explored the role of exercise in correcting vascular insulin resistance in previously sedentary type 2 diabetic patients.  Following completion of her PhD in the spring of 2020, she moved to Washington University in St. Louis to continue her training as a postdoctoral research scholar under the mentorship of Drs. Linda Peterson (Cardiology) and Susan Racette (Program in Physical Therapy).