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Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

Behind the Science with Dr. Jesse Stein, Exercise Physiology Research Fellow

Dr. Jesse Stein
Dr. Jesse Stein

How long have you been at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine?

I have been supporting USARIEM since June 2020.

How did you become interested in being part of USARIEM and working as an ORISE fellow?

I first learned about USARIEM in the Summer of 2014. I was in my master's degree program, reading some of the great work from USARIEM as part of my Environmental Considerations for Athletic Performance course. Coming from a military family, I immediately became interested in conducting human performance research where it was more than "faster times on the track" or "numbers on a scoreboard." Getting involved with this premier research institute through the ORISE program, I was able to work directly with the scientists I used to read about!

What projects/tasks are you currently working on?

I am working on several projects with tasks ranging from protocol development, data collection, data analysis and manuscript preparation. A majority of these tasks are directly related to research efforts including: the Special Forces Resilience study, the One-station Unit Training study, the West Point Combatives study, the Arctic work-rest study, and the Modafinil-Cold study.

What aspects of your job do you love and find most gratifying?

I couldn't think of a more altruistic endeavor than generating data to improve the health and performance of the Warfighter. The research conducted at USARIEM aligns with my values and I think that is what is most gratifying about participating in the ORISE program.

What part of your job do you find to be the most difficult?

Besides the data collections requiring a 4:00 a.m. report time, I find developing the craft of scientific writing to be ever challenging. I really believe it is a skill that you can continuously refine throughout your life.

When you are not at the Institute, what do you like to do for fun?

As an exercise physiologist who is keenly interested in human performance, I always find a way to "stay at work." When I'm away from the Institute, you can find me cycling, running, or hitting the gym. You'll also find me on the move with my wife and dog on our routine evening stroll. On special occasions, you'll find me blowing the dust off my guitar and reliving my days as a rockstar.

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Last Modified Date: 11/15/2023