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In the CTSI Spotlight: Kristin DiSanto

Kristin DiSanto, Manager of the Exercise Research Center

Kristin joined Penn State in 2014 as the manager for a newly created research lab within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She equipped and furnished that lab to conduct human subject research in body composition, exercise physiology, locomotor training and gait analysis. For the past 8 years, Kristin oversaw the research lab’s daily operations, acted as research coordinator for studies, mentored medical and graduate students and conducted hundreds of research tests. In 2021, the lab transitioned to the Exercise Research Center (ERC), an extension of Clinical Research Center at Hershey, and is part of Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

The ERC is located off campus away from the busy hospital with convenient parking for researchers and study participants. Body composition can be collected through a DXA scanner, resting metabolic rate system, BODPOD, anthropometric measures, skinfold calipers and bioelectrical impedance analysis. Exercise testing equipment includes stationary and portable VO2 metabolic systems, a Biodex, resting ECG, treadmills, weight machines, bikes and a multi-station resistance training unit.

Kristin DiSanto, Manager of the Exercise Research Center

Kristin DiSanto, Manager of the Exercise Research Center

When asked what she is most proud of in her role with CTSI, Kristin says, “I am proud to offer a unique research center in Hershey. I enjoy working with patients and teaching the students that rotate through the ERC.”

Fun facts about Kristin:

What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?

I played DII volleyball in college.

What is your favorite hobby?

Golfing and being active outside

What’s on your bucket list?

Travel to New Zealand

Are you currently binge-watching any shows?

Survivor and Jeopardy!

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken Caesar wrap

What’s one item you can’t live without?

Dark chocolate!



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