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Hannah E. Cabre, MS, RD
Doctoral Student

Educational Background
M.S., Florida State University
B.S., University of Georgia


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Twitter/Instagram: hannahsaylor_rd

Hannah is a fourth year PhD student in the Human Movement Sciences Department studying under Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan. She received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Georgia and went on to obtain her master’s degree and complete her dietetic internship at Florida State University. She is a registered dietitian and her passion for nutrition and exercise shape her research interests, which include the influences exercise and nutrient timing have on body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, and metabolic health, specifically in women.


Sam Moore, MS, CSCS

Doctoral Student

Educational background
M.S. California University of Pennsylvania
B.S.. Western Oregon University


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Sam Moore, MS, CSCS is an applied sport scientist who recently joined University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Human Movement Science Curriculum in the School of Allied Health Sciences, working under the direction of Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan. Her research interests center around metabolic and performance effects of female sex hormones

Prior to Carolina, Sam was with the NC State Wolfpack from 2019-2021 as the Director of Sport Science and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach; the first woman to serve in this role in the NCAA. At NCSU, Sam’s primary responsibilities were designing and implementing a revolutionary and evidence informed framework of women’s specific training design based on the hormonal landscape of the Wolfpack female athletes.


MASTERS Students

Kelly Joniak, BS, CSCS

Kelly Joniak is from Wheaton, IL and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science. Kelly has experience working in athletics in the collegiate, professional, and private sector. At UNC, she works under the mentorship of Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan in the Applied Physiology Laboratory. Her research interests focus on exercise, body composition, and female physiology. In her free time, Kelly competes in Olympic Weightlifting and loves to hike and bike outside to explore new places.


Alex Ladan, BS

Alex Ladan recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. After retiring from rhythmic gymnastics and ballet, Alex spent two years discovering her passion for sports science and nutrition in the Integrative Gut Microbiota Laboratory. She is excited to continue my education at the University of North Carolina to research female physiology, metabolism and nutrition for recovery and rehabilitation. In my free time, I’ve enjoyed taking my dog on hikes and finding new coffee spots.


Undergraduate Students


Noah Patterson is a junior undergraduate student from Cincinnati, OH. He is studying Nutrition with a minor in Exercise and Sport Science. He is currently working in the Applied Physiology Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan. He has interests in sports nutrition, exercise interventions, and prevention of chronic disease. Noah plans to attend graduate school to study exercise physiology.


Noah Jordan