Current Graduate Assistants

Taylor Jackson

Taylor earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a Christian and is actively involved in church, serving the community, and loving people. She grew up playing baseball and feels most at home on a baseball field. Taylor also enjoys weightlifting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and rock climbing. Previously, she interned in the weight room with the University of Alabama baseball, softball, women’s golf, cheer, and dance teams. Currently, Taylor is working with the LaTech baseball team and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Performance.

Ryan Lis

Ryan earned his Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Ryan played baseball in high school and suffered an injury. This injury sparked an interest to find a way to get back onto the field and restore previous level of performance. Ryan has interned at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA as a sports performance intern. He has also interned in Port St. Lucie, FL at Barwis Methods, who is an advisor for sports performance for the New York Mets, Detroit Red Wings, and formerly for the Miami Dolphins. Recently, Ryan interned at Elon University in Elon, NC. Ryan has his CSCS certification through the NSCA. He currently teaches Running/Jogging and Weight Training. He is pursuing his Master's Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in sports performance. Ryan plans to pursue his Ph.D. after graduation with the goal of becoming a researcher/sport scientist, focusing on physiology.

Praveen Pasupathi

Praveen earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science Engineering from Amrita University in Coimbatore, India. He was a National volleyball champion (2013-2014) and has been into sports like soccer and cricket since his childhood. He was curious to know how his body was able to adapt to different sports he played and eager to understand the physiology of his body. His passion for sports drove him to pursue a Master's degree in Kinesiology concentration in Sports Performance. Also, Praveen has been practicing Pranik healing and has been helping people in Tech with physical and psychological issues. During his time at Tech, he developed his interest in trying to understand how both body and mind coordinated with each other and benefits like cognition when meditation were practiced in athletes. He plans to pursue his Ph.D in Exercise Psychology after graduating from Tech.


Motoki Sakurai

Motoki earned his bachelor's degree in Sport and Health Science from Ritsumeikan University in Japan. He was always passionate about playing baseball. In college, Motoki realized that studying baseball is also very interesting, so he decided to come to Louisiana Tech to study baseball biomechanics in U.S. Currently he is pursuing his Master's Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in sports performance. Motoki plans to pursue his Ph.D. focusing on biomechanics after graduation.

Madeline Zuberer

Madeline is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a Sports Performance concentration. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry at Louisiana Tech University. Madeline played soccer in high school then pursued a collegiate soccer career for 3 years at Louisiana Tech University. She is actively involved with serving the community and enjoys anything outside. She really enjoys hiking, walking her dogs, CrossFit, and watching sunsets. Madeline has a passion for sports and engineering which lead her to focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation using wearable technology. She worked on a Senior Design team where multi-sensor integration categorized people with Parkinson’s disease into fall risk levels based on gait analysis. Madeline plans to pursue a career in sports medicine device design and working with professional, Olympic, and/or collegiate athletes.