Our Team

Eduardo Esteban Bustamante, PhD, FACSM

Eduardo Esteban Bustamante, PhD, FACSM

Director

Dr. Bustamante holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2006) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2013). Prior to joining the University of Illinois at Chicago faculty, Dr. Bustamante completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Prevention Institute. Dr. Bustamante’s expertise lies in Exercise and Health Psychology with an emphasis on youth neurocognitive function, family lifestyle behaviors, and randomized behavioral clinical trial methodology. His research agenda focuses on harnessing lifestyle behaviors as a tool and space for mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment among children and families living in communities of concentrated poverty. Dr. Bustamante’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, published in high-level scientific journals, and presented at national and international conferences. Finally, as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Dr. Bustamante serves as Chair of the ACSM Diversity Action Committee, overseeing 3 national mentorship programs aimed at recruiting and supporting individuals from groups underrepresented in science towards becoming professionals and leaders in the health sciences.

Contact Info
Phone: 312-413-7270
Email: ebusta2@uic.edu
Office Location: 1919 W. Taylor St. (AHSB), Room 629

Maria Enid Santiago-Rodriguez, M.S., ACSM-RCEP

Maria Enid Santiago-Rodriguez, M.S., ACSM-RCEP

Doctoral Graduate Student

Major
Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in Exercise and Health Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Bio
María Enid earned a Bachelor in English Education from the University of Puerto Rico – Humacao Campus and a Master in Exercise Science from the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation with an emphasis on Exercise & Health Psychology at UIC. Her research interests include community-based lifestyle interventions with an emphasis in physical activity and sedentary behavior among Latino children at-risk for obesity and obesity-related diseases.

Contact
Email: msanti24@uic.edu
Office Location: 1919 W. Taylor St. (AHSB), Room 502D

Lundon Christopher Burton, B.S.

Lundon Christopher Burton, B.S.

M.S. Graduate Student

Major
Kinesiology, concentration in Exercise Physiology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Bio
Lundon earned his Bachelor of Science from Chicago State University and is
currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in
Exercise Physiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lundon is an Illinois Board of Higher Education, Diversifying Faculty in Higher Education in Illinois fellow and a member of the Leadership and Diversity Training Program in the American College of Sports Medicine. His research interests include vascular health, physical activity, and community-based lifestyle interventions reducing cardiovascular disease, obesity, and sedentary time in African Americans. Lundon is a first-generation college graduate and graduate student.

Contact
Email: lburto2@uic.edu
Office Location: 1919 W. Taylor St. (AHSB), Room 629

Jared Donald Ramer, M.S.

Jared Donald Ramer, M.S.

Doctoral Graduate Student

Major Concentration
Kinesiology with focus on Exercise Psychology and Exercise Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago

Bio
Jared is an experienced leader, coordinator, and teacher. He has taught fitness classes at the college level, as a student, for over eight years. His scope of experience covers techniques in all types of resistance training, Indian Club swinging/turning, restorative arts, and martial arts. During his undergraduate internship he worked as a physical education teacher for primary school children. His research interests are unique, for example he has used visual anthropology methods to interpret exercise psychology phenomena within a Capoeira school while studying abroad in Ireland. His other research interests also include measuring fitness, physical literacy and motor control outcomes for various physical education strategies. Currently, Jared is working with the Healthy Kids Lab as a Research Assistant as well as piloting collaboration between the UIC Kinesiology and Nutrition Department and the Recreation Center to give undergraduate students professional experience providing general fitness assessments to students in his Personal Fitness class.

Contact
Email: jramer2@uic.edu

Basirat Iginla

Basirat Iginla

Undergraduate Student

Major
Kinesiology, concentration in Movement Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Bio
Basirat is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at UIC and just completed the 2018 UIC Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduate at the Healthy Kids Lab. She is interested in studying physical activity levels and disparities in African-American and Foreign-Born African women.

Contact
Email: biginl2@uic.edu
Office Location: 1919 W. Taylor St. (AHSB), Room 629

1919 W. Taylor St.
Room 629, M/C 517
Chicago, IL 60612
(312)-413-7270
healthykidslabs@uic.edu

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