Research Biographies

By on July 9, 2013

Principle Investigator

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Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke, MS, ACSM-CPT is a Chicago-based writer and educator. She holds degrees in Dance (BA, ’03) and Kinesiology (MS, ’09), and is currently a full-time faculty member for the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Lauren created Art Intercepts in 2009, and is a regular contributor to SeeChicagoDance, Windy City Times, and the Huffington Post, with occasional contributions to Dance Advantage, 4dancers, and The L Stop. Lauren has freelanced as a production/stage manager, curator, choreographer, and grant writer. She is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM) and Functional Training Specialist (ACE). She is pursuing a PhD in Kinesiology (Integrative Pathophysiology, Nutrition and Health Promotion) at the University of Illinois – Chicago. Follow Lauren on Twitter @artintercepts.

Research Assistants

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Kristina Kuta

Kristina Kuta is completing her BS in Kinesiology this year (’15) with a concentration of exercise fitness and health promotion. Dance has been a large part of Kristina’s life for as long as she can remember. She was a UIC Dancing Flame for four years and is excited to study dance and take  classes while studying aboard in Dublin, Ireland this summer! In the fall, she plans to become a certified personal trainer and start a Veterinary Technology Program. Even though recently health and fitness has become Kristina’s main focus, she can’t disregard her love for animals and wants to pursue a career as a Veterinary Technician as well.

Past Contributors

Molly Doyle, BS earned her degree in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Although not a dancer herself, Molly has always been interested in athletics and since working with Lauren, has recently become particularly interested in injuries and dance. During her undergraduate career, she had many opportunities including an internship at Lifestyle Physical Therapy & Balance Center, obtaining her EMT-B license, presenting research at the Midwest Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium in Bowling Green, Ohio and will present again in Basel, Switzerland this fall at the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. Molly currently works at Saint Anthony’s Medical Center in Saint Louis, MO and is currently applying to Nursing programs to kickstart her career in the medical field.



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