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The ELITE Study at Stanford is building a dynamic community of individuals motivated to discover the unknown principles of peak performance and translate them to enable optimal health and well-being for all.

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The Stanford-based Team

The ELITE Study at Stanford is building a dynamic community of individuals motivated to discover the unknown genetic underpinnings of peak performance.

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Euan Ashley, MD, PhD

Executive Committee Member

Roger W. and Joelle G. Burnell Professor of Genomics, Professor of Genetics and Biomedical Data Science

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Malene Lindholm, PhD

Instructor of Cardiovascular Medicine

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Mikael Mattsson, PhD

Senior Research Consultant

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Jeffrey Christle, PhD

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

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Matthew Wheeler, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Theresia Schnurr, PhD

Visiting Scholar

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David Amar, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Tia Moscarello, MS

Licensed and Certified Genetic Counselor

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Shruti Marwaha, PhD

Research Engineer in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

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Alex Tolas

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Anders Johnson

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Brianna Bourne

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Anna-Julia Storch, MS

Research Assistant

Research Collaborators

We are lucky to be joined by researchers across the US and the world who share an interest in peak human performance and wish to contribute to this groundbreaking research endeavor.

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Jimmy Bagley, PhD

Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Muscle Physiology Lab, Co-Director of the Exercise Physiology Lab, and Research Director of the Strength and Conditioning Lab at SF State

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Elaina Biechler, PhD

Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Coaching Leadership Program Director

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Claude Bouchard, PhD

Director of the Human Genomics Laboratory and Professor at Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC)

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Ivan Carcamo Oribe, PhD

Ikerbasque Research Fellow at the BioBizkaia Health Research Institute

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Paweł Cięszczyk, PhD

Rector of Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdansk

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Cory Coehoorn, PhD

Professor of Exercise Physiology at Louisiana State University, Shreveport

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Svitlana Drozdovska, PhD

Professor at the National University of Physical Training and Sports, Kyiv

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Matt Fahey, MS

Master's Candidate and Research Assistant in Exercise Physiology at San Diego State University

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Noriyuki Fuku, PhD

Professor at the Graduate School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University

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Valentina Ginevičienė, PhD

Senior researcher and Professor in the Department of Human and Medical Genetics Institute at Vilnius University, Lithuania

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Cory Greever, PhD

Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Kevin Gries, PhD

Professor of Physical Therapy at Concordia University, Wisconsin

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Mike Hahn, PhD

Professor of Human Physiology and Director of Bowerman Sports Science Clinic

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Adam Lepley, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Applied Exercise Science, Athletic Training, and Movement Science and Co-Director of Michigan Performance Research Laboratory

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Alejandro Lucia, MD, PhD

Professor in Exercise Physiology at the Faculty of Health Sciences at European University of Madrid, Spain

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Suzanne McDonough, PhD

Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Mississippi College

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Christine Mermier, PhD

Christine Mermier is a Professor and the Laboratory Director of the Human Performance Labs at the University of New Mexico

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Colin Moran, PhD

Professor in Health Sciences and Sport at University of Stirling

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Michael Newell, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Health, Nutrition and Exercise at the University of Bedfordshire

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Sanjay Sharma, MD

Professor of Cardiology at St George's, University of London

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Toni Uhrich, MS

Director of Human Performance Assessment Core at Marquette University

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Tomas Venckunas, PhD

Researcher at Lithuanian Sports Univeristy

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Collaborating Organizations

We are extremely grateful for the following exercise centers and organizations, as they have been critical in helping with recruitment and spreading the word about the study!

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