Meet Taylor Dinyer-McNeely, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Applied Health and Recreation

Monday, February 21, 2022

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Taylor Dinyer-McNeely is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, Applied Health and Recreation (KAHR) at Oklahoma State University and co-director of the OSU Musculoskeletal Adaptation to Aging and Exercise (MAXX) Laboratory.

Dinyer-McNeely was a growing tri-sport athlete — competing in cross country, basketball and track and field — and was recruited to run track at the college level. Her success as an athlete led her to be interested in how to increase performance and to want to know the “why” behind performance and fatigue. The field of exercise science provided him with the courses to learn and the opportunities to ask and answer these questions. Dinyer-McNeely shared her research and the work she does at OSU’s Maxx Lab on campus.

Why did you choose Oklahoma State University?

KAHR professors are more than just people in a department. They are a team. I knew I wanted to be a part of it and have the opportunity to work with experts in the field of applied science of exercise and human performance. The opportunities are endless here. It was the perfect opportunity for me to continue doing what I love in a positive and fun environment. There are tons of opportunities for collaboration within the department, college, and university. The opportunity to work alongside such wonderful researchers and colleagues is something that seems unmatched.

Can you share your research interests?

My main research interest is skeletal muscle function and fatigue during acute and chronic exercise modalities. My team and I want to understand the “why” behind muscle fatigue and understand how we can improve performance and delay fatigue during exercise. The main objective of the lab I supervise is to understand what contributes to fatigue during various types of exercise. I also want to examine the differences in fatigue between men and women to better understand exercise prescription in women. We plan to work with people of varying ages and backgrounds to understand fatigue and improve exercise, performance, and movement across the lifespan of all populations.

What is the best part of your job?

I can do what I love every day with students and colleagues who are just as enthusiastic as me. The opportunity to work with students and watch their enthusiasm and curiosity grow is so fun and inspiring. I can’t imagine a better field or career. I love any opportunity to interact with students through teaching or research and help them learn and succeed. Dr. Bree Baker and I co-direct the MAAX lab and we currently have undergraduates, masters students, and doctoral students. students working with us on various research studies. We are also working with some of the campus sports teams to begin health and performance testing at various times during their respective seasons.

I myself am an exercise enthusiast. I love lifting weights and running. Part of what makes my job so fun is that I understand better why I feel tired or fatigued during workouts! Also, I encourage any student who thinks they might be mildly interested in research to reach out or come to the lab! We love being able to engage students and it’s a fun way for students to apply what they learn in the classroom.

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