Brandon Hollis


Brandon Hollis
Peer Mentor since 2009



Brandon Hollis received his B.S. in Biology from Paine College, Augusta, Georgia. He became interested in research and the possibilities of pursuing a career in academia after  participation in a REU/NSF Research Fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. During this fellowship, he researched the use of an alternative biomarker to aid in the early detection of prostate cancer. After graduating from Paine College, he began a Graduate Research Fellowship in the Health and Sport Sciences Department at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. While at the University of Louisville, his research interests focused on cardiovascular disease and complications of spinal cord injuries. After receiving his M.S. in exercise physiology in 2008, he moved on to doctoral work at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where he is currently studying. Brandon’s research interests include the effects of exercise intervention on cardiovascular disease progression in the elderly and other diseased populations. 


Mentor's Motivational Message

 (Video Date: August 2010)


Contact Information

Affiliation:  Graduate Student
Institution/Address:  Kinesiology
 Louisiana State University
 886 Jennifer Jean Drive
 Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone:  706.951.2987
Fax:  225.578.3680
Email:  bholli1@tigers.lsu.edu
FASEB Society Member:  ACSM
Scientific Discipline:  Physiological Sciences














Breaking the Ice - Brandon's "Q&A"

 Choose a word to best describe the elderly population.  Why?

 POTENTIAL ... because there is so much wisdom, knowledge and unchartered territory in elderly men and women that goes unnoticed.  they are truly and untapped resource.  They can teach us so much about aging and how to navigate the journey of life.

 When you were in grade school, what did you want to do when you grew up?  Why?

 A professional baseball player, because that is all I wanted to do at the time until I realized in college that my brain would probably take me further in life than my sub-par fastball.

 If you had a billion dollars, what would you do with it?

 I would purchase a professional sports team because that would be a definite dream job.

 What was the first car you drove? 

 My mother's 1989 Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight.

 What is something that you have of sentimental value.

 A photo of my grandfather and I after my high school graduation, because he preached education to me at a very young age and he passed away prior to my graduation from college.

 What's your favorite sport?

 Baseball, because while it's a team sport, there is a hight amount of individuality, so you can get the best of both worlds.

 What is your favorite weird food combination?

 Pickle slice and peanut butter on a saltine cracker.  My sister and I had to be pretty creative on food choices when my parents left us at home during our summer vacation while they were at work.  This food combination actually went over pretty well ... of course, there were many that did not. 

 What is your favorite season?

 Spring, because its spring training for baseball and you can finally get outside without threat of pneumonia (in the South anyway.)

 Would you rather be really hot or really cold?

 Really cold because at some point I would be able to put on layer after layer to eventually get warm. When you're really hot after drinking lots of water and discarding clothes, it's hopeless.

 What movie or TV show do you take guilty pleasure in watching?

  "Jersey Shore".  It's like a wreck on the side of the road ... you know you shouldn't look because it's probably not going to be anything positive, but you can't help but look.