Vanessa Sherk

Vanessa is a biomedical/mechanical engineer and exercise physiologist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the Department of Orthopedics. The primary focus of her research is mechanisms by which overnutrition and sedentary affect bone development and skeletal adaptations to exercise. She is an early career scientist who supports bringing wider exposure to early career scientists. Besides sciences, Vanessa likes exploring in the mountains, travel, and table top games!

Itamar Levinger

Itamar is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and the Leader of the Bone-Muscle-Cardiovascular Interaction Research Group at the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES), Victoria University, as well as the Program Director-Sarcopenia Clinical, Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS). His research focuses on Exercise as Medicine in particular in the prevention and management of cardio-metabolic conditions and sarcopenia. He also research the cross-talk between the skeleton and skeletal muscle and the implications of such interaction for prevention and management of chronic disease. He is a member on the steering committee of Exercise and Sports Science Australia’s (ESSA) Cardiovascular Special Interest Group (CVSIG). In his free time he plays basketball and tennis and spend time with his family.

Jonathan A Gustafson PhD

Jonathan is a bioengineer currently based at Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL, USA). The focus of his research is understanding human movement disorders and developing rehabilitative—both operative and non-operative—treatment solutions. He is an advocate for mentoring and professional development of early-career scientists, with special emphasis in the Postdoctoral community where he currently leads the Rush Postdoctoral Association in developing new programs for postdocs. Besides science, Jonathan is also an avid beach volleyball player, competing on the professional beach volleyball tour (AVP) in the summer months. He is also passionate about hiking, reading, and scuba diving.

Rebecca Andrews

Becky is a clinical research fellow at The University of Sheffield (UK) and honorary haematology trainee doctor at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Her research interest is in the development of novel therapies to optimise the management of myeloma bone disease. Currently, she is also running a clinical observational study assessing changes in the bone microenvironment in myeloma patients following induction chemotherapy. When she isn’t at work, Becky enjoys spending time with friends, playing piano, baking and doing long walks in the Peak district. With the imminent arrival of baby number 1, there are many new life experiences expected just round the corner!