Former Lab Peeps
Chris Waters-Banker PhD, ATC
Chris was born and grew up in Hermiston, Oregon, the “Watermelon Capital of the World.” Hermiston is also home to one of the nations 6 chemical weapon stockpiles- unstable from WWII. Oddly enough Kentucky also houses one of the other stockpiles- nerve agents don’t scare this chick.
After playing softball for two years at a community college in Eastern Oregon, she graduated with her Associates Degree. Chris headed off to obtain her Bachelor’s of Science degree at Oregon State University in Exercise and Sport Science, with a focus in Athletic Training. She became a Certified Athletic Trainer in June 2008, and received a graduate assistantship position at the University of Kentucky developing a new Athletic Training program at the local middle schools in Lexington with two co-workers. While at UK she began her basic science research under her mentor Timothy Butterfield, investigating the inflammatory response in muscle following cyclic compressive loading. After graduating in May 2010, she decided to return to UK as a doctoral student to continue her work with Dr. Butterfield. Chris graduated with her PhD from UK in August 2013 completing her work involving the investigation of the temporal inflammatory cell response in muscle during cyclic compression loading.
Chris is now doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary with Dr. Butterfield's former advisor, Dr. Walter Herzog in Calgary, AB Canada (America's Hat).
Chris enjoys sports (playing, as well as attending, just competition in general really), competing in triathlon sprints, cooking, crocheting, making her own body butter, dancing, visiting her family, photography, and spending time with her husband and TWO English Mastiff “puppies” Achilles and Briseis who are loving the great white north.
Tim Leonard, PhD
TIm is originally from Calgary which lies about 50 miles (or 80 km if you’re using the metric system) from the grand Canadian Rockies. Calgary, known for its petroleum industry, was actually the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic games in 1988. Inhabited by roughly 1,230,248 peeps, Calgary is also home to the Calgary Flames professional hockey team, supported fanatically by Dr. Leonard :-) For any wrestling fans out there, Calgary also houses the Hart Family Dungeon the infamous training facility where numerous WWE and WWF have been trained.
Swept up in an oil boom in the early 70’s Calgary’s population seemed to exponentially increase to from 272,000 in 1971 to the 1,230,248 people that live there today. Boasting numerous high-rises and gorgeous natural surroundings the city of Calgary experiences cold extended winters and short summers consisting of numerous thunderstorms. Be sure to bring your parka as you’ll want to be outside on a clear night to view the illusive northern lights- visible in the fair city of Calgary.
Tim works at the University of Calgary in the Human Performance lab with principal, and world renown investigator, Dr. Walter Herzog (if you are keeping up with the scientific family tree- Dr. Herzog is Dr. Butterfield’s mentor). While pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Calgary, Dr. Butterfield learned many of his instrumentation techniques from “Uncle” Leonard, who then decided to join us in Kentucky for a much too short lived, post-doc.
During his time here at Kentucky he has brought many fun and exciting techniques to our laboratory: instrumentation, titin gels, some fun coomassie blue staining, Christmas lighting, and of course lots and lots of data! (Impressive for such a short stint, eh?!- but he is a well oiled scientific machine!!) In the mean time he was able to sample our bourbon and even enjoy some cheesy grits :-)
We very much appreciate his time and contributions, but most of all his company! With quite the sense of humor he will leave us with numerous one liners, and memories of great scientific conversation. We will miss him a great deal and of course he is always welcomed (encouraged) to visit anytime :-)
Emily Brownell, BS
Emily graduated in May 2013 with her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. Originally from a very small town in New Hampshire: Strafford (seriously small, it is comprised of 51.4 total sq miles- 2.2 of which are water). Strafford, New Hampshire was organized in the 1700’s before the revolution as a sort of half-way point for town meetings due to the lengthy travel as the town was originally a part of Barrington. The small town located only 595 ft above sea level is home to a mere 3,991 peeps (almost 4G’s!!) and was named in honor of Thomas Wentworth, the Earl of Strafford. Strafford is home of the infamous Charles Simic the 15th appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, winner of the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 (Go Charles!).
Poor Emily and her sister were outnumbered growing up by their three brothers. During her undergraduate at Boston University she was able to use all that built up angst as motivation for her character roles performing in TWO theater groups a year. The thespian even took on a cross-dressing role as the main character in Viola in Shakespeare’s play: The Twelve Night.
Like the rest of our lab members Emily is an animal lover. Adopting a recovering alcoholic, depressed, pre-diabetic 20lb cat- yes you read that correctly :-) After implementing a healthy diet and exercise program, Mitchell has lost 5 pounds and no longer diabetic. He is currently on the “wagon” but still finds himself craving the “drink” when anyone has a glass of wine or beer is within his midst :-) Be sure to check out our ‘photos and events’ page to see the before and after pics of this crazy cat.
Following graduation Emily accepted a position working as one of the certified Athletic Trainers at Toyota. In the future she plans to return for her PhD.
Tommy Cunningham, PhD
Tommy, our former resident engineer, grew up in Tecumseh, Michigan, a modest town of about 8,500 people. Interesting fact about Tecumseh (named after Chief Tecumseh), it is the final resting place of Don Juan, General George Armstrong Custer’s horse who was sent to a friend of his living in Tecumseh after his death. Tecumseh was also voted #93 out of 100 best small towns to live in by CNNmoney in 2009.
Tommy has been a faithful UK student through and through. As an Undergrad he received his bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering, his master’s in Biomechanics, and is currently a doctoral candidate, expected to graduate this Spring (2011) with his doctorate in Biomechanics.
Tommy is currently “living the dream” in Atlanta, and enjoys playing seasonal competitive sporting activities- main sports: golf, soccer, and softball. While in our lab he also enjoyed misplacing tools, and running around town finding random items to complete our sweet inventions.
Maureen worked in The Butterfield Lab from Fall 2009 to Spring 2011. She is currently working at Harvard University.