Stacy Hunter, PhD
Faculty Mentor

Stacy Hunter, Ph.D.
Peer Mentor since 2009
Faculty Mentor since 2011

Stacy D. Hunter is a doctoral graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she worked in the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Hirofumi Tanaka. Her research focus was on the impact of yoga and thermal therapy on vascular health and glucose tolerance. She graduated from the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She obtained her master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, under the mentorship of Dr. David Bassett where her research focus was on racial differences in anaerobic performance. In the future, she would like to continue the study of interventional strategies for the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease and would like to focus on underlying physiological mechanisms and modes by which to reduce the alarming rates of hypertension among African Americans. Dr. Hunter is  grateful for the opportunity to serve as a peer mentor for the FASEB MARC program and is honored to facilitate the development of up-and-coming student scientists at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference. 

She is now the research director for Pure Action, Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to facilitating the development of yoga research. 


Mentor's Motivational Message

 (Video Date: August 2010)


Contact Information

Institution/Address:  PURE Action, Inc
 800 W. 38th Street, #1102
 Austin, TX  78705
Phone: 512-308-3338
Email:  stacy@pureaction.org
FASEB Society Member:  ACSM
Scientific Discipline:  Physiological Sciences














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

 What is your favorite season?

 My favorite season is Autumn because the weather's mild and the leaves on the trees turn many gorgeous shades that I can enjoy immeasurably.

 Name one important characteristic you look for in someone you consider a friend.

 Loyalty is one important attribute I seek in potential friends because trustworthiness is necessary in order for me to feel comfortable enough to confide in someone.

 When people look at me, they would never guess that I...

 ... am a big fan of Star Wars.

 Choose one word that best describes your life up to this moment? 

 The word that best describes my life up to this moment is "preparation".  I believe that everything I've gone through over the past 30 years has been for the sole purpose of preparing me for the next 30 years.  Every triumph and failure over the years has come with significant lessons learned that will assist me in all of my future endeavors.

 Who has been the biggest inspiration in your life?  Why?

 My mother and father have served as my greatest inspirations in life.  Together, they have supported me in ways that I never expected or knew existed, and I wouldn't be the woman that I am, nor would I have achieved what I've achieved thus far without them.

 What's your favorite line from a movie?

 My favorite movie line is from Meet Joe Black and follows a question that the father (played by Anthony Hopkins) asks death (played by Brad Pitt), "it's hard letting go, isn't it?"  Brad Pitt answers, "yes", and the father replies, "that's life... what can I tell you."  I love this line because it is so incredibly true.  Letting go is on of life's inevitable challenges that we must all face at the appointed time.

 If you were a Smurf, what would your name be?

 If I were a Smurf, I'd like to think I'd be a combination of "Brainy" and "Smurfette" and would have to go with a hybrid name like "Brainette".

 Pen or pencil?

 It has to be a pen for me.  Otherwise, I always break pencils as a result of pressing down too hard.

 Coffee or tea?

 I prefer coffee because it has more kick, which is much needed in a doctoral degree environment.

 Why are you here?

 I am here to make a lasting contribution to society that will advance the existing body of scientific knowledge, save lives and help people to live healthy lifestyles.