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New Faces: Brach Poston

This new professor is a heavy lifter in terms of neurophysiology research and Olympic-style competition.
People  |  Nov 17, 2014  |  By Kevin Dunegan

Brach Poston specializes in neurophysiology, specifically the use of noninvasive brain stimulation to treat people with Parkinson’s disease. (Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services)

Brach Poston knew he wanted to return and teach at UNLV after completing his master's degree in exercise physiology here in 2002. And after earning his Ph.D. and completing several postdocs, he has. He joined the department of kinesiology and nutrition sciences this fall.

What's the biggest challenge in your field? ?

I specialize in neurophysiology, specifically the use of noninvasive brain stimulation to treat people with Parkinson's disease. The biggest challenges in my field are developing practical applications from basic research findings, making them widespread, and ensuring they are cost effective.

What is the proudest moment in your life? ?

The proudest moment in my life came when I earned a Michael J. Fox Foundation research grant, because only 5 percent of applications from major foundations like that get funded.

What kind of professor do you want to be known as? ?

I want to be known as a well-rounded professor who inspires students and conducts productive, forward-thinking research.

What is your one tip for success? ?

My tip for success is work hard for a long period of time.

Where did you grow up? ?

I grew up in Macon, Mo., which is north of Columbia. ??

What would people be surprised to know about you? ?

I compete in Olympic weight lifting and took second place in the masters' division for my age and weight class during the 2013 Pam American Games.

What can't you work without? ?

I can't work without being able to exercise regularly -- I need it to function at my best.

What are your pastimes or hobbies? ?

I enjoy lifting weights, specifically the snatch and the clean and jerk exercises.