Research Team

By NU Athletic Communications


Chris Bach, PhD, CSCS


Chris Bach, Ph.D., CSCS, was named Director of NAPL in September of 2018. Bach was named assistant director of the NAPL in July of 2017 after serving as a post-doctoral research associate. Bach earned his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (2010) and his master's degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology (2012) at the University of Tennessee. He then earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at Florida State University (2016). Bach's research interests currently focus on the physiological aspects of athlete training and performance. He works with coaching, performance, and athletic medicine staffs on the implementation of GPS, heart rate monitors, and other technology to help monitor training load, optimize training and recovery, and reduce the risk of injuries. FULL BIO


Jessica L. Calvi, PhD

Senior Research Associate
Director, Salivary Bioscience Laboratory

Jessica L. Calvi, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist and Director of the Salivary Bioscience Laboratory within the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory. Dr. Calvi earned her Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Calvi's research interests include empathy, interpersonal relationships, and social behaviors in the developmental context, with an emphasis on physiological responses to social stressors, including social evaluation and group dynamics. FULL BIO


Vitor L. S. Profeta, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Vitor L. S. Profeta, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate at the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab. Profeta earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education (2007) and his master’s degree in sports science (2009) at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG – Brazil). He earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Connecticut (2017). Dr. Profeta’s research interests include the structural-functional organization of movements, the transferability of skills across training sets, and how individual differences in control and coordination account for differences in performance. FULL BIO


Ryan Hasenkamp, MS, CSCS

Research Analyst

Ryan Hasenkamp, MS, CSCS, is a research analyst at the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory. Ryan has a diverse background including biomechanics and physiology research as well as strength and conditioning. Ryan earned his BS and MS in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha concentrating in biomechanics and exercise physiology. Ryan also earned his CSCS certification through the NSCA and has experience coaching and training. Ryan is passionate about utilizing science to optimize athletic performance. FULL BIO


Graduate Research Assistants


Jo Shattuck, MS

Jo Shattuck's work specializes in the fusion of neuroscience and sport. She earned a master's degree in sport science, and is currently conducting motor learning research using electroencephalography. She was a professional coach and world ranked racquetball player-ranked in the world's top 10 for 10 straight years. She holds a provisional a patent on a training device called the KAT (Kinesthetic Awareness Training). As a graduate student, her work involves the self-coined mantra: PANTHER, which stands for Principles of Athletics and Neuroscience Toward Human ExpeRtise. Her goal is to study the principles of neuroscience that improve human performance. FULL BIO



Curt Tomasevicz, MS

Curtis L. Tomasevicz is a PhD student in Biological Engineering. He earned his Bachelor's degree (2003) and Master's degree (2006) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He then went on to compete for the U.S. National Bobsled Team from 2004 to 2014, qualifying for three Olympics ('06, '10, '14). On the 4-man team, he earned two Olympic medals (gold in '10 and bronze in '14) and 9 World Championship medals. His current area of study includes measuring power output of resisted jumping movements. Full-time, he teaches in the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. FULL BIO


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