Shannon M Howell
Ph.D Candidate, USC Department of Chemistry
Shannon Howell received her B.S. in Chemistry from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2006. Her undergraduate research focused on the correlation between food irradiation and free radicals damage on proteins and lipids, confirming her aspiration to pursue a professional research career. She was accepted to the PhD program in Chemistry at the University of Southern California in 2006 where she has excelled in teaching and research and will receive her PhD in May 2013. She was awarded teacher of the year at USC in May 2007 and was the president of the Women in Chemistry Club from 2007-2010, during which time she organized a program to introduce science to elementary kids. Because of this activity she was awarded the Women in Science and Engineering (W.I.S.E.) award twice during her graduate career at USC. Her research focus at USC is peptide and protein design using in vitro selection experiments. Shannon has developed cyclic protease resistant peptides that could potentially replace small molecules and be used as novel cancer therapeutics and has successfully created peptides specific for EGFR positive cancers. Small molecules dominate the market today and posses a major limitation: they do not break down in the body since they are foreign resulting in many side effects. Peptides, on the other hand, are made up of amino acids and will be cleared from the body naturally once broken down. After receiving her PhD she plans on obtaining a postdoctoral research appointment where she will continue her studies in cancer biology and possibly branch out into neuroscience. Regardless of where she ends ups, her goals are always the same: to develop her skills as a scientist, push her problem solving abilities, and be exposed to new methods and ideas.
Shannon has also excelled athletically. She was a competitive swimmer when she was young winning multiple events at the Junior Olympics and turning in record setting performances at the Missouri Show-Me Games. Her swimming skills were proven very useful later on when she started doing triathlons in 2009. She has done extremely well in the multi-sport and has achieved the podium multiple times. In 2012 she qualified for the USAT Olympic distance nationals in Burlington Vermont. Here she placed in the top 18 and reserved her spot on Team USA. She will represent Team USA in the World Championships in London in September 2013. She is also a member of the USC cycling team. She holds a USAC Cat 1 license in XC mountain biking and Cat 2 in road biking. She was the California State Endurance Mountain Bike champion in her Cat 1 age group in 2012.
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Andrea Bernard Schwartz
R.D, M.Ed, CSCS
Andrea “Andie” Schwartz, M.Ed., CSCS, CPT, RD, has combined a lifetime of athletics with a passion for helping others in her work with clients of all skills. Andie boasts certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); prestigious Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certifications. She’s held certifications from USA Triathlon (USAT) and USA Cycling as a certified coach. Andie has been in the fitness industry for over 15-years, in addition to multiple certifications she holds a Masters degree in Sports and Recreation Administration and Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Human Nutrition. For the past decade she has worked with casual exercisers, professional dancers, youth athletes, NCAA collegiate champions and professional athletes. In 2011, Andie attended the prestigious Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Dietetic Internship in Los Angeles to complete her Registered Dietitian supervised practice hours. Andie’s nutrition sessions focus on the healing powers of food, weight loss, and sports nutrition.
Andie represented Team USA in 2009 in the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) World Championships in Australia, placed 4th in her age group at USAT Sprint Nationals in 2009 and qualified for USAT Olympic distance nationals in 2008. Her philosophy when working with clients is foster enthusiasm, encouragement, and passion. She enjoys working with all levels of clients and loves sharing her passion for training, racing, and nutrition.
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Jeff is a registered dietitian (RD) with a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science. He is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and USA Weightlifting Level 1 sports performance coach. Jeff brings a diverse background in sports and nutrition to AI Fuels. He has co-authored multiple scientific research papers that have been published in peer-reviewed nutrition and food science journals, and has presented his research at national nutrition conferences. He works with a variety of clients including elite ATP and NCAA tennis players, endurance athletes, boxers, swimmers, and a number of touring musicians at TriFit in Santa Monica, CA. Jeff uses an evidence-based approach to nutrition, practicing concepts developed over time instead of using untested or unproven ideas. This allows everyone from professional and elite athletes to sedentary individuals to get the most out of sessions, optimize nutrition plans to fit their own needs, and create the greatest and longest-lasting positive changes.
Jeff is also a writer for the Examine.com monthly research digest, and teaches college sports nutrition at CSU Los Angeles. En route to becoming an RD, Jeff completed his clinical nutrition internship at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Beyond nutrition and coaching, Jeff has competed as a cyclist and continues to play competitive tennis.
Precision Nutrition Certified Coach, CSCS
Tim was born in Hong Kong and moved to California when he was 6. Tim received his undergraduate degree in Foods and Nutrition from Cal Poly. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also is a Certified Kettlebell Teacher (CKT) through the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF) and a Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition. Currently, he is working on becoming certified as a Neursomatic Therapist through Neurosomatic Educators. For the past 5 years Tim has worked with a variety of people, ranging from 9-5ers to athletes. Tim helps his clients achieve their goals by designing customized training programs based on their strengths, weaknesses and lifestyle. He is also big advocate of living a holistic lifestyle and promotes it to everyone he works with. Tim’s favorite sports are soccer and tennis. Specializing in weight loss, strength and conditioning, and nutritional guidance, Tim’s philosophy is “No gimmicks, just hard work and quality nutrition.”
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